|Science Fiction Bestiary - Gervasio Gallardo|
Going through books, I found The Science Fiction Bestiary (edited by Robert Silverberg), a paperback from 1974. I remembered the bird with eyes on his wings from way back. It gives a whole new meaning to bird watching. Looking close at the corner, I found that the cover artist (otherwise uncredited) is Gallardo... Gervasio Gallardo.I'd never known his name since a couple of days ago, but I realize that he has done a lot of cover art which I have loved over the years, from several different authors. This cover in this Flickr link is typical of his other work. I'm not sure what art style this is, but I like it a lot.
Probably my favorite of his is the painting of the fire-breathing swans from Merlin's Ring. I thought I had presented this before, but I apparently had not.
I really like this one, but my opinion is not shared by all. Click here for a page with a bunch of comments from people who hate this cover specifically.
Giant swans do exist, but the one seen below (Flickriver photo by "North Guide') is stationary and doesn't rid an area of ducks, but instead glowers at passing cars. It is one of the few giant iconic animal sculptures of northwest Lower Michigan. As many observe, swans can be freaking mean. I suppose if the swans were giant and fire-breathing, it wouldn't improve the situation one bit. I'm pretty sure the roadside concrete swan never breathes flames or moves, but perhaps it is is like the legend of the stone dragon at Parca Guell in Barcelona.and might take flight and blast fire when the moon shines right. And one can imagine its night flights lighting up nearby Torch Lake:
"In Parca Güell, when mortal eyes
Are blinded by the night,
"The dragon wakes", the legend says,
"And dances till the light".
And though I roam the whole world through
And sail on every sea,
Eyes of mine will never see a place more beautiful to me"
|"Hey there, got a match?"|