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Lundgren, Ray

Entry updated 7 August 2023. Tagged: Artist.

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(?   -    ) American book designer, sometimes credited as a cover artist. There is little biographical information available, as Lundgren keeps a low profile and makes little effort to promote himself, but he is now working in New York City as Senior Art Director for the Penguin Group. While employed in that capacity, Lundgren has been solely responsible for the covers of a number of books officially published under the Roc/New American Library imprint, including several sf novels and Anthologies, although there is no evidence that he has any special interest in the genre.

Some of Lundgren's covers, for novels in the BattleTech spinoff series MechWarrior: The Dark Age, are very ordinary portraits of high-tech warriors, Robots, and Spaceships; however, for more upscale projects, Lundgren strives to be more creative. Thus, for Lee Hogan's Broken Time (2000) as by Maggy Thomas, he provided divided images of the top and bottom of an hourglass, rendered in soft shades of orange and green surrounded by sparkles; the cover of Al Sarrantonio's anthology Redshift: Extreme Visions of Speculative Fiction (anth 2000) effectively juxtaposed a reddish planet with a colourful starscape; and Kim Stanley Robinson's anthology Nebula Awards Showcase 2002 (anth 2002) strikingly sported a stark white cover adorned solely by an elongated metal hand. As he apparently moves up the corporate ladder, however, Lundgren has been credited with fewer and fewer covers, and he now seems likely to devote the rest of his career exclusively to book design. [GW]

Ray Lundgren



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