Entry updated 5 August 2021. Tagged: Artist.
(1964- ) UK artist working in digital media, having studied art at Nottingham University in the 1980s; he has occasionally been credited as Steven Stone. His prolific output of sf and fantasy cover artwork began with the 1997 UK reissue of Eric L Harry's Society of the Mind: A Cyberthriller (1996), followed by several 1998 Orbit paperback reprints of Patrick Tilley's Amtrak Wars sequence; 1999 saw his first fantasy cover, for The Druid of Shannara (1999) by Terry Brooks, and he did cover art for several further titles in the long-running Shannara saga. One memorable image from this early period is the cityscape of future London filling the lower half of the sleeve for Iron Maiden's Aldous Huxley-inspired heavy-metal album Brave New World (2000) (the upper half being by Derek Riggs). Stone has also produced art for Videogames and advertisements.
Some of this artist's sf work has been compared to H R Giger for its disquieting merge of human and Machine imagery, as in his artwork for Justina Robson's Silver Screen (1999). Further authors for whom he has created covers include Neal Asher (several times), Stephen Baxter, Lois McMaster Bujold, Arthur C Clarke, Steven Erikson (several times), William Gibson, Peter Hamilton (several times), Harry Harrison, Stephen King, Harry Turtledove (several times) and Robert Charles Wilson. Although two of his covers for Justina Robson's early novels were shortlisted for the British Science Fiction Association Award, Stone has not otherwise been recognized by sf genre awards. [DRL]
born Manchester, England: 19 March 1964
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