The Association of Science Fiction Artists has announced its nominations for the Chesley Awards, which recognize “individual works and achievements not otherwise recognized by the Hugo Awards” and “have long been internationally acclaimed as the most prestigious awards in the field of fantastic arts.”
Included among the nominees is Iain McCaig. He is well known for his work as a concept artist throughout the Prequel Trilogy, including the visuals for Darth Maul and Padmé Amidala, and has returned to work on Episode VII, as well. McCaig also is providing artwork for three new Star Wars children’s books which will retell the Original Trilogy stories. His nominated work in the category of Product Illustrations goes under the sea and beyond the galaxy far far away. “Call of the Muse” was created for Spectrum’s 20th Anniversary Call for Entries.
io9 has all the nominated artwork posted.
Tricia Barr’s novel, Wynde, won the 2014 Independent Publisher Book Award Gold Medal for Best Science Fiction/Fantasy/Horror Ebook. It has mermaids, er…mer-aliens in it.