Friday, May 11, 2007


Here's my wraparound cover illustration for the forthcoming George Alec Effinger collection, A THOUSAND DEATHS. Golden Gryphon Press is the publisher, and it's their third Effinger collection. This one has a foreword by Mike Resnick and an afterword by Andrew Fox. I believe the book will be available everywhere by June 1st.

Pyr editorial director Lou Anders was kind enough to mention that there's a terrific review for the book in the May 7th issue of PUBLISHERS WEEKLY. It reads as follows, "A heartfelt homage to the late (and largely underappreciated) SF author Effinger (1947-2002), this intimate collection of stories revolving around his literary alter ego, hapless genre writer and editor Sandor Courane, offers a poignant glimpse into the author's psyche. Central to the collection is The Wolves of Memory, a deeply allegorical novel in which Courane, banished from Earth by the computerized overlord TECT after numerous career failures, finds himself exiled on a bleak world where he and other outcasts slowly succumb to an alien neurological disorder. Struggling with increasing memory loss and the deterioration of his body, Courane finally finds what he has been seeking all along: fulfillment. Also included are seven sardonic short stories that pit the ill-fated Courane against, among other things, a bibliophilic time traveler and a witch who lives off the Pennsylvania Turnpike. A touching afterword by Andrew Fox as well as visually stunning cover art by John Picacio make this bittersweet collection one to be cherished."

According to Lou (who knows PUBLISHERS WEEKLY a lot better than I do), apparently the magazine rarely mentions cover art in their reviews, so that makes it even nicer that they singled out the illustration. Thanks, PW.


Anonymous John D. said...

Picacio and Effinger - Two Great Things That Go Great Together.

Excellent work as always, John.

10:29 AM  
Blogger Carl V. said...

Wow, that looks fantastic!

12:48 PM  
Blogger BillP said...

Glorious work. Congratulations on the nod in PW, too.

2:06 PM  
Blogger Chesya said...

Nice pic, John.

2:11 PM  
Blogger John Picacio said...

JD -- Wow, thanks for the love over there at SFSignal. Very nice of you. You guys are a must-read for me every day....I appreciate it.

Carl V., Bill P., and Chesya!

Thanks very much!! Again, much appreciated. I'll have more new cover illos posted here in these next few days....

6:51 PM  
Anonymous Christopher Gronlund said...


I found your blog when Mark Finn mentioned the Locus nomination--been awhile...

Gorgeous art as always, and yeah...I can't recall Publisher's Weekly mentioning art in the issues I've read (with the exception of their children's book issues).

6:19 PM  
Blogger John Picacio said...

Hey, Christopher --

Wow! Long time, no hear....great of you to stop by....I appreciate it. Went and checked out your website just now....glad to hear you're still at it as well. :)

10:10 PM  

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