FAST FORWARD 2, ed. by Lou Anders
1. This image has been in my head lately....an illustration by Theophile Alexandre Steinlen featured on the cover of a late-1800's French magazine called Le Petit Sou. The symbolism is so resonant. I don't think that this image was created with the USA in mind, but it reminds me of the ideals that founded this country, and also what it will probably take if the US intends to be great again. I love this image, and it not only spawned the FF2 cover, but at least two more illustrations that I'll be doing for myself (or maybe even for future covers?).
2. Something unexpected and out-of-the-blue....the death of Dave Stevens, the creator of THE ROCKETEER. I've never seen a drawing of his that wasn't full of love and hope. My personal tastes in art have shifted a lot since all those years ago when I treasured his comics, but his recent death still jolted me. In some small way, the cover of FF2 is my way of saying, "RIP, Dave....thanks for the memories."
3. From Paul McAuley...Lou quoted this in FF2's intro...."(Science fiction) not only shows us what could happen if things carry on the way they are, but it pushes what's going on to the extremes of absurdity. That's not its job: that's its nature. And what's happened to science fiction lately, it isn't natural. It's pale and lank and kind of out of focus. It needs to straighten up and fly right. It needs to reconnect with the world's weather, and get medieval on reality's ass."