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David Hardy guests at Birmingham Science Fiction Group

23/03/2009. Contributed by Jessica Martin

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July 2009 is the 40th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon-landing. To commemorate this Dave has produced a new presentation called 'Faces of the Moon'. It covers all aspects of the Moon, with an accent on art: Art/Science, Fact/Fiction, Past, Present and Future.

It contains material which nobody has seen before: clips from the 1929 German film 'Frau im Mond' on which Hermann Oberth worked as scientific adviser, Bonestell art from obscure books and from 'Destination Moon' and SF ideas on how we reached the Moon, with early US and Soviet probes and landings as well as Apollo and other missions.

David A Hardy produced his first space art in 1950 at the age of 14 and illustrated his first book ~ Suns, Myths and Men, for Sir Patrick Moore in 1954 at the age of 18.

In September 1996 he became President of the International Association of Astronomical Artists (IAAA) (term ended in June 2000, but he is still European Vice President).

He has illustrated and produced covers for dozens of books, both fact and fiction, including many by Patrick Moore, some by Arthur C. Clarke and Carl Sagan, Werner von Braun, Isaac Asimov and even Brian Jones of the Rolling Stones and Brian May, among many others! Dave has also authored a novel, Aurora: A Child of Two Worlds, and has also worked on SF mags, factual mags, movies, TV, computer games and record covers.

Dave will be visiting the Birmingham Science Fiction Group to present his new presentation and talk about his art. This will take place at the Briar Rose hotel, Bennetts Hill, Birmingham city centre, on Friday 3rd April 2009 at 8pm (entry from 7.30pm). Price: 3 BSFG members, 4 non-members.

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