The Remakable Science Fiction of Cordwainer Smith

Craig Moore

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I've been emailing with Craig Moore for a while, and now have a photogallery of his Cordwainer Smith art to share with you. Just click on any of the tiny images above to see a larger version with the title.

So Who IS Craig Moore?

Craig Moore was born in Hertford, England in 1968. At an early age he was filling up sketchbooks with drawings of aliens and spaceships. His early work was somewhat inspired by a combination of reading fairy tales, fantasy and factual space and mystery books. He was also a fan of Dr Who and Star Trek.

 After leaving school he attended a two year art course called Prep Art, which was at a college in his home town of Ware, England. The course was a good grounding in all aspects of art and design and offered a good deal of time for experimentation with paint. Craig started to read science fiction more often and began to study the work of contemporary sci-fi artists such as Jim Burns, Peter Jones, Syd Mead and Michael Whelan, as well as having an appreciation for the old masters like Claude Lorrain and Thomas Gainsborough. After Ware College he attended a one year foundation course at Stevenage College and specialized in graphic design. He finally gained an Higher National Diploma in Illustration  at Sunderland University in 1993.

At this point, science fiction art was his main goal, and he compiled his portfolio accordingly.

After a year working at an insurance company in Hertford, Craig was offered the chance to join a team of designers at a video games company in Dundee, Scotland. It sounded better than doing insurance, so he accepted the job without hesitation and became involved in the creation of digital art for various computer games. This was the beginning of a distinguished career in video games and gave him the opportunity to work on a few sci-fi games. He was involved in the concept art process and the creation of 3D environments using cutting edge technology.

Craig is still involved as an artist in the games industry, now working as a 3D environment artist at Disney Interractive Studios in Brighton, England.

In 2005, Craig discovered a book called The Rediscovery of Man by Cordwainer Smith. He read it and was completely enamoured with the stories; they were incredibly strange and brilliant. After reading the short story ' A Planet Named Shayol', Craig decided to paint a scene from the story and this lead to a whole series of paintings inspired by the amazing stories in The Rediscovery of Man. Never before had he dedicated so much time to one project and each painting was a joy to create. Cordwainer Smith's universe took him right back to that childhood sense of wonder he used to experience while reading fairy tales.

Craig endeavours to bring his own visual ideas of the far future in order to convey Cordwainer Smith's strange and wonderfully believable future history.



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 2006 William Hope Hodgson
 2005 Leigh Brackett
 Leigh Brackett: Her Biography
 2004 Henry Kuttner & C. L. Moore
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 Illustrated Bibliography, by Mike Bennett
 Introduction to the Illustrated Bibliography
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 2002: About the Cordwainer Smith Rediscovery Award
 2001: First Rediscovery Award Ceremony
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