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Kofoed, Karl

Entry updated 27 December 2022. Tagged: Artist.

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(1942-    ) US illustrator, sometimes working as Karl B Kofoed, probably best known for his Galactic Geographic series of illustrated pages done, in great contrast to that journal's customary style, for Heavy Metal; these contain his speculations about future Technology, interstellar travel, Life on Other Worlds, etc. The feature ran in most issues from March 1978 to July 1980 and then from March 1998 to July 2008. Some of this material, plus much more besides, appeared in the book Galactic Geographic Annual 3003 (graph 2003).

Kofoed received his formal art training at the Philadelphia College of Art, thereafter working as a technical illustrator for the aerospace industry before entering a career that embraced television (art director and scenic designer for two local stations), marketing, poster design, promotional art direction, and more. His first cover for Asimov's Science Fiction came in June 1979; he has done several since, as well as some interior illustration for that magazine. In 1982 he illustrated the children's book Mr. Bill in Space (graph 1982) by Walter Williams. Of more direct relevance to the genre was his set of illustrations for S P Somtow's The Ultimate Mallworld (2000).

As a novelist, Kofoed has published Deep Ice (2003), Joko (2006) and Jupiter's Reef (2011). [JGr]

Karl Beckwith Kofoed

born Westfield, New York: 1 December 1942

works illustrated

works (nonfiction)

works (fiction)

  • Deep Ice (Bristol, England: Bewrite, 2003) [pb/Karl Kofoed]
  • Joko (Bristol, England: Bewrite, 2006) [pb/Karl Kofoed]
  • Jupiter's Reef (Bristol, England: Bewrite, 2011) [pb/Karl Kofoed]


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