11 | Art by Ronan Cahill, Winner of the UCD Visual Arts Society Exhibition
Editor’s Note: When I put Ronan Cahill’s abstract science fiction art on the cover of the debut issue of The Flying Saucer Poetry Review, I did it for a couple of reasons. The first being that the artwork is brilliant. The second being that I could not recall having seen science fiction cover art and science fiction art in general, that was not realism or surrealism. I love abstract art. Where was the science fiction abstract art, I wondered? I had not seen it, which doesn’t mean that it’s not out there, of course, just that I had not seen it. I felt that it was an exciting decision to put Ronan’s work on the cover. The approach was successful as we placed second in a back and forth voting battle in that year’s Critters poll to the SFPA Star*Line magazine. Star*Line‘s cover art was classic and gorgeous SF art, but we did something different in using Ronan’s abstract SF art for the cover. This year, Ronan’s abstract SF art placed 4th in the poll. I applaud Ronan for his remarkable, abstract interpretation of the infinitely rich visual realm of science fiction.