The Nearly Forgotten Art of Old Sci-Fi Books

Tuesday November 05, 2019 Written by Garry

The exact moment science fiction was born is debatable, but one thing is for sure: it was during the 1940s and ’50s that it really hit its strides, when writers like Isaac Asimov and Arthur C. Clarke brought the genre into the mainstream.

But for every great sci-fi novel, film, video game or comic strip made during the golden years and beyond (and for every truly terrible one too), there is an equally brilliant piece of artwork.

These works are celebrated over at The Vault of Retro Sci-Fi, a Tumblr where names like Chesley Bonestell, Syd Mead, Robert McCall, Stephen Fabian (to name a few) are just as important as Clarke, Dick, or Asimov.

The site mainly deals in the golden oldies of the genre, but there’s still plenty of space in the vault for the surrealist works of the 1960s, and the odd cyberpunk scene, too. What’s refreshing about the vault is seeing credit where credit is due; a simple hashtag identifying the artists responsible for each piece means visitors can discover a whole new (ahem) world of science fiction artwork.