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Wonderworks: Science Fiction and Fantasy Art

4.5 of 5 stars 4.50  ·  rating details  ·  52 ratings  ·  6 reviews
See my images. This oversized paperback book is in very good condition with mild shelf wear. Straight and tight with glossy pages. Mailed within two business days with delivery confirmation sent to your email address.
Paperback, 120 pages
Published November 1st 1979 by Donning Company Publishers (Starblaze)
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Wonderworks was published before Michael Whelan won his first Hugo or World Fantasy Award. This book clearly shows why he came to dominate science fiction, fantasy, and (to a lesser extent) horror cover illustrations. For cover you need a compelling image, but you also need to leave room for for the book's information. What set Whelan apart from so many artists is he took the time to read the books he illustrated. He captured the characters, their world, and the mood of the book. There are so ma ...more
Michael Whelan is a good artist, but this is not his best collection. It includes most of his earliest, weakest published works from before he had found his distinctive style. While there are some excellent paintings here, there are also some problematic ones (including the unfortunate "horse catapulted backwards" cover of C. J. Cherryh's Well of Shiuan).

The color reproduction is grainy and problematic. A number of images have subtle moiré effects suggesting they were shot from already-printed r
Aug 22, 2013 Scott rated it 4 of 5 stars
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Whelan's first collection features a good deal of early work, which of course isn't as good as it would be in years to follow, but it is still interesting to see the evolution of style. And, quality aside, it is nice to go back to a time when book covers weren't all stock photography. The book is divided into genre sections for science fiction, sword & sorcery, horror, etc. and has introductions for each by Poul Anderson, Anne McCaffrey, Alan Dean Foster, C.J. Cherryh, and Gerald W. Page. Mo ...more
Avis Black
As someone who spent a lot of time in her teens buying books with Michael Whelan covers, this volume is a real pleasure to peruse, if somewhat nostalgic at this point.
When it comes to renderings of Moorcock's Elric Whelan is the Man
Jim Black
Another favorite sf art collection by one of my favorites.
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Michael Whelan is one of the world’s premier painters of imaginative realism. For more than 35 years he has created book and album covers for authors and musicians like Isaac Asimov, Stephen King, Ray Bradbury, the Jacksons and MeatLoaf. His clients have included every major U.S. book publisher, the National Geographic Society, CBS Records, and the Franklin Mint.

Since 1995, he has also pursued a f
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