Morris Scott Dollens

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(April 14, 1920 – August 14, 1994)

Morris Scott Dollens from Neolithic 19 by Ruth Berman

Morrie Dollens was born in Minnesota, and while living in Hastings, MN, was a member of the Minneapolis Fantasy Society and published Science Fiction Collector in the late 1930s. In 1950, he published a portfolio of his art titled Fantasy in Art. He subsequently published Approach to Infinity. He was an expert hectographer.

He painted a number of backdrops for Clevention, the 1955 Worldcon, which were auctioned at the con’s end.

He later became a Los Angeles-based artist who mainly did astronomical paintings. He did covers for some books, mostly ones published by FPCI, and for some prozines. He was a member of LASFS. Dollens regularly included work in LA-area convention art shows. For many fans in the ’60s and ’70s, they were the only affordable astronomical art available.

He used paint both for color and structure. His paintings tended to be airbrushed space scenes done without too much color subtlety on masonite boards which were then lacquered. They were well-nigh indestructible.

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