Wayne Barlowe’s Illustrated Aliens

When I was a kid, I remember a classmate bringing this book into class one day: it was a fascinating book to page through. It’s also a strange one: illustrations of aliens from books and movies. It’s the sort of thing that only the science fiction community could support and produce.

I recently picked up a new copy after all these years, and spent some time paging through it again – it brings back a flood of memories, but it’s also really intriguing to read now understanding what stories he drew from.

Go read Wayne Barlowe’s Illustrated Aliens over on Kirkus Reviews.

The source this time? Wayne Barlowe himself – he kindly answered a bunch of my questions for this piece.

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2 thoughts on “Wayne Barlowe’s Illustrated Aliens

  1. This is one of my favorite sci-fi adjunct books of all time, and I had a bit of a proud moment when my oldest son quietly transferred it from the family bookshelf to the one in his room. It was the main reason I first got enrolled in the Science Fiction Book Club as a teenager. My only disappointment with it? When I first saw it, I thought he was illustrating aliens as described by abductees and/or from historical apocrypha etc., and not aliens from sci-fi lit. (Needless to say, it was only a small disappointment.)

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