Here's the wraparound cover for IRIS WILDTHYME OF MARS, the next Iris anthology from Obverse Books, coming this Summer. This is my first go-round with Iris's Jane-Fonda-esque "Barbarella" incarnation (previously seen in the Doctor Who 8th Doctor novel "The Blue Angel"). A bit strange drawing this, after so many covers with the Katy Manning version- I kinda felt like I was cheating on her.
Also, credit where it's due- the cover's a homage to the brilliant cover of Les Baxter's 1958 album SPACE ESCAPADE: www.ele-mental.org/~ecc/exo/ex…
Here's the synopsis from Obverse:
Is Mars a dead and sterile desert, or teeming with life? Are the Martians long gone, or waiting still? Will we become the Martians? Will humanity settle Mars in gleaming antiseptic domes, or terraform it into a lush new paradise? Will invaders from Earth come from the skies, raining down death on the innocent canal-dwellers? Are the Martians beautiful humanoids or tentacular monstrosities? Unfallen angels, devils welcoming us in order to corrupt us – or worse? Will humanity’s Mars colonies be utopian or hellish? How many different colours can you put in front of ‘Mars’ to make a clever title?
These Marses are, of course, mutually incompatible, contradictory and in many cases quite impossible. And Iris Wildthyme has visited them all.