“Long Distance Traveller” – the Life and Work of Space Artist Ron Miller

Date: 19 May 2021

Time: 19.00

Location: Google Meet

Ron Miller, one of the foremost Space artists in the USA and the world, working with both traditional art materials and modern digital techniques, will discuss his life’s work.  He welcomes full audience participation which will direct the course of the discussion.

Biography:

Ron Miller is an illustrator/author specialising in science, astronomy, science fiction and fantasy.  In addition to providing artwork for many magazine and book publishers, he is the author, co-author or editor of some 50-odd books, some odder than others, including several novels.  He has also designed postage stamps and worked on motion pictures as a production designer and special effects artist.  Arthur C. Clarke said, “Ron Miller is unfairly talented.”

Ron is author of many books on astronomy and space travel, including : The Art of Space’ –  a collection of 300 works of art inspired by space travel; ‘The Dream Machines’ – a 750 page, 1/4 million word history of the spaceship and the Hugo Award-winning book on the ‘granddaddy of all space artists’, Chesley Bonestell. He was also one of the producers for the documentary on Bonestell, ‘A Brush with the Future’. He has done production artwork for the movies ‘Dune’ and ‘Total Recall’ and consulted for Carl Sagan’s ‘Contact’. He has even created his own comic book hero – or rather heroine – ‘Velda : Girl Detective’! For the US Post Office, Ron also designed the set of stamps of the planets in 1991, depicting the probes that have visited. Pluto was included, though at that time had to be sub-titled ‘Not yet Explored’. But one of these stamps travelled on board New Horizons to become the furthest travelled postage stamp ever – three billion miles –  gaining it a place in the Guinness Book of World Records.  For more, see http://www.black-cat-studios.com/about.html.