Gerard Quinn was one of the great British science fiction artists of the 1950s and the first half of the 1960s, working for magazines like New Worlds and Science Fantasy. And even though he left genre art in the mid-60s to go work in advertising, his impact on the genre remained strong.

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According to the Irish News, Quinn passed away on Nov. 30, age 88.

He was heavily influenced by Chesley Bonestell and began doing more paintings featuring astronomical themes later in his science fiction career, including some iconic images on the covers of Arthur C. Clarke books. He also did one well-known image showing astronauts on one of Saturn’s moons, with the ringed planet hanging over them.

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Here are some of his most beautiful cover images, via SciFiCovers, Saved From The Paper Drive and a few other places:

And one particularly beautiful interior illustration:


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