illustration ©2002 Vincent Di Fate



Vincent Di Fate has been one of the most prominent illustrators in the SF and fantasy genres for over thirty years. He has won all the major awards in his field; the Hugo, the Frank R. Paul, the Lensman, the Skylark and the Artistic Achievement Award from the Association of Science Fiction and Fantasy Artists, the last three for lifetime achievement. He has appeared on the covers of a vast number of SF magazines and books, and has produced astronomical and aerospace art for such clients as IBM, Reader's Digest, The National Geographic Society and NASA. He served two terms as president of the Society of Illustrators, and is a past president of the Association of Science Fiction and Fantasy Artists. Di Fate has authored three books. The Science Fiction Art of Vincent Di Fate was published by Paper Tiger Books in January, 2002. Infinite Worlds: The Fantastic Visions of Science Fiction Art (1997, Penguin Studio Books) is considered by many critics to be the major reference work on the history of American science fiction illustration.

Di Fate’s cover for the first edition of Graphic Classics: H.G. Wells was originally produced in 1986 as a book cover, but was never used until now. Vincent revised the art specifically for this volume. “My painting for The War of the Worlds is one of several that I’ve done,” says Di Fate. “Most artists tend to depict the war machines moving in a shambling, stiff-legged motion, as seems to be suggested in the novel. I thought I'd try a different articulation for the legs that would suggest a swifter, more fluid kind of mobility — something more like that of a crab or spider.” You can see more of Vincent Di Fate’s art on his website at