DescriptionEd Valigursky - "Solar Lottery" Ace D-103 Paperback Cover Original Art (Ace, 1955). Ed Valigursky's spectacular cover painting announced Philip Dick's first published novel, Solar Lottery, which proved to be a pivotal work in the field of science fiction, both in its expression of a scientific world gone awry, and its impact on the career of the young writer. The yarn presented a culture based upon Werner Heisenberg's ideas of randomness and John von Neumann's Game Theory, with such logical developments as public office by lottery and formal overt assassination. The novel has two major plot threads, one of intricately deadly and suspenseful palace politics, and another of an ambitious effort to rediscover our sun's once-glimpsed tenth planet. A cover caption about the deadly battle reads: "First Prize Was The Earth Itself!" After attending the American Academy of Art in Chicago and Art Institute of Pittsburgh, Ed Valigursky became a staff artist at Ziff-Davis, working on their Amazing and Fantastic Adventures pulps. Later, his work appeared in Galaxy, and Valigursky also briefly served as the art director of If, until 1955. Vincent DiFate has noted, "Valigursky was among the first artists to use the paint mannerisms of architectural and automotive illustration in his depictions of SF subjects." The cover was painted with acrylic on board, and has an image area of approximately 12" x 15.75", and is in Excellent condition. Don't miss out on your chance to win this historic and wonderful work of art!
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