A Spaceship On Fire Off The Shoulder Of Orion

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Actually, we aren't sure if this is Orion, but we just couldn't pass up a nice Blade Runner reference. This spaceship or space station looks like it's been attacked and is about to fall victim to the gravity of the planet below, and it couldn't be more beautiful.

John Berkey is one of those old-school concept artists whose work doesn't look hyper-realistic like Photoshop on steroids. He uses an old school smeary oils approach that look both futuristic and retro at the same time. Berkey has done numerous pieces of freelance futuristic artwork featuring ships in battle above our world and others, and also did some of the original concept and poster artwork for Star Wars.

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I remember that picture very clearly from a coffee table size Time Life book I owned when I was a child about the universe. If I am recalling it correctly, every ship in the book was done by the same artist and had that almost blown apart look.

My guess at the time was that ships looked that way because there was no air resistance in space and parts were tacked on during interstellar journeys.