John Conrad Berkey (August 13, 1932 – April 29, 2008) was probably the best known and loved space artist who ever lived on this planet. You may have seen the world-famous American illustrator’s work on dozens of book covers and NASA concept art, or admired his early Star Wars and Star Trek paintings.
John Berkey is one of the classic painters of the golden era of science fiction. He did some of the original Star Wars posters, but this is for me his best work: Gigantic deep space exploration ships, beautiful white galactic liners, and huge space posts orbiting Earth and other planets—all of them mixing elegant…
I know that orbital habitats always look better in the brochures than they do when you move in. But I really thought this one would be different.
John Berkey is famous for doing concept design for the original Star Wars movie, including a breathtaking poster of the Death Star. When he wasn't imagining space battles, he designed cities of the future - on Earth and in space.
Actually, we aren't sure if this is Orion, but we just couldn't pass up a nice Blade Runner reference. This spaceship or space station looks like it's been attacked and is about to fall victim to the gravity of the planet below, and it couldn't be more beautiful.