Solar Wind Simulacra Oil Painting and Limited Edition Print of a roleplay game illustration

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Convergence (Convergent Series)
(From the book "Solar Wind Volume 3")
Convergent Series is a collection of science fiction and fantasy short stories by Larry Niven, created by the artist in 1979 for Orbit Books in the UK, an imprint of Futura Publishing.
It is also the name of one of the short stories in the  collection.
Peter Andrew JonesThe collection reprints stories originally appearing in a 1969 collection called “The Shape of Space” and ones that are not part of the later and perhaps more well known “Known Space” series of stories.
Given the very varied mixture of stories in the book, both SF & Fantasy, it was decided in consultation with art director Patrick Mortemore at Futura, to create an image that more typically referenced the other cover art treatments the artist had given Niven’s works published by the company and those coming along in the publishing plan.
Thus, a simple presentation of an Alien that called on the way Niven often presented his characters, slightly jokey, yet quite serious too, so we have an alien which on the one hand appears to be of a classic, almost pulp magazine style appearance, and yet, perhaps also a trifle threatening too, more 1970's paperback.
A classic Peter Andrew Jones approach of carefully considered characterisation.
Deborah Susan Jones
Contributing editor

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