John Schoenherr, "The Defeat of the Sardaukar." Courtesy of Ian Schoenherr
John Schoenherr, "The Defeat of the Sardaukar." Courtesy of Ian Schoenherr

Stepping off the Spaceship

Recently a producer from the radio show Studio 360 called me up to talk science fiction. They wanted to throw a light on some of the artists who gave us the pictures we have of other worlds–of what we see when we step off the spaceship.

It just so happens that I grew up knowing one of them, named Jack Schoenherr, so I threw his name in the hat. It turns out that Studio 360 also runs a series of pieces called “Aha Moments” about experiences with art that change people’s lives. So we decided to combine the two, and I talked about what it’s like to be a ten-year-old boy walking into a barn studio full of giant sandworms and elephants and astronauts.

The piece is airing this week. You can listen to it on the Studio 360 web site and check out a slide show of a few of Schoenherr’s paintings. I’ve also embedded the piece below [Note–the sound isn’t working in this embedded version on Safari at the moment, but it is in Chrome and on the show site.]:

For more on Schoenherr, see this remembrance I wrote when he died in 2010, or head over to a blog maintained by his son Ian, himself an accomplished children’s book illustrator.

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John Schoenherr, “The Flight through the Shield Wall.” Courtesy of Ian Schoenherr