John Harris

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(July 29, 1948 –)

John Harris is a London-based artist and illustrator working in many genres, but who is known especially for his SF works featuring spaceships and planets. He was goh at Discon III, the 2021 Worldcon, but did not attend.

Since 1979, his work has graced the covers of more than 200 speculative fiction novels including numerous Hugo Award and Nebula Award finalists and winners such as Jem and Man Plus by Frederik Pohl, Schismatrix by Bruce Sterling, Learning the World by Ken MacLeod, Old Man's War by John Scalzi, and the Imperial Radch series and Provenance by Ann Leckie.

In the early 1980s, Harris produced cover art for user manuals for the ZX81 and ZX Spectrum home computers. In 1984 he was commissioned to create a painting of the Endeavour space shuttle launch at NASA's Kennedy Space Centre which is part of the Smithsonian Museum's collection. In 1998, the Royal Caribbean cruise line hired him to produce more than 70 large canvases of marine scenes for permanent installation in their ships. In 2007, he was hired to work on the animated film Escape from Planet Earth.

Many of his works have been collected in Mass: The Art of John Harris (2000) and The Art of John Harris: Beyond the Horizon (2014). His work was included in the Boskone 53 Special Art Exhibit in 2016.

He graduated with a degree in Fine Art from the University of Exeter in 1970.

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