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Feb162012

Chris Moore

This blog post is something very close to my heart as in my opinion, Chris Moore did the best Philip K. Dick covers in the Grafton prints of the early 1990s. Trust me, a full set of these looks amazing on your bookshelf.

Reader Comments (8)

Amazing! Great to see 'Do Androids...' cover uncropped!

February 16, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterNo Sensei

Thanks for posting the 'old-school' stuff. Wonderful memories!

February 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDarrell

Very cool. The man with the tattooed face though is from Alfred Bester's "The Stars My Destination" which all PKD fans should check out.

February 17, 2012 | Unregistered Commentermatt

Some very neat short-range space shuttles/fighters in those paintings. The "pop-up" model poses seem to be a odd inclusion.

February 19, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterastra4000

"Old school"? Really? They're from the 90s! Philip K Dick died in 1982 -- he never lived to see these, and I doubt very much he would have approved these as covers for the books. They have nothing to do with the stories whatsoever, and seem to me to be second-rate rehashes of much better work by earlier science fiction artists.

February 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterR

I have to agree with R. Although I love Chris Moore's paintings for their interesting perspectives, humor, and seamless details, they are much more in the tradition of "hard SF" and airbrush art of the 1980s, and have virtually NOTHING whatsoever to do with Philip K. Dick's writings. These are wonderful paintings, to be sure. I believe that Moore was influenced by the earlier series of British PKD covers painted by Bruce Pennington, which also featured futuristic landscapes. Nonetheless, I think R's point is entirely valid, and if fact, I consistently AVOID these editions of PK Dick books because they turn me off as almost completely ignorant of the content. For PKD I much prefer the earlier editions, and of those I would say the covers that best relate to PKD's themes and literary styles would be Bob Pepper's covers for DAW editions in the 1980s. Because PKD's books have had so very MANY editions, there is a sad trend of completely atrocious covers that are just design-school projects, totally devoid of any consciousness of PKD's transcendentalist paranoia and lacking any knowledge of the history of great artists who actually read his books before visualizing them. Anyway, take a trip through the covers yourself here: http://www.philipkdick.com/works_covers.html

February 20, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterlex

I picked up an old copy of Parallel Lines a couple of years back, a great (if short) compilation of work by both Chris Moore, and another favourite of mine, Peter Elson. The cover is surprisingly terrible in its artless execution (considering cover-art is what it's all about), but there's treasure inside.

February 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterHughes.

The first one is actually from a paperback edition of "Burning Chrome" by William Gibson.

April 2, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCaptain Zig Zag

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