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In memory of Darrell K. Sweet

The science fiction/fantasy genre has lost one of its most renowned artists. Darrell K. Sweet, whose art has graced the covers of literally thousands of novels since the 1970s, passed away yesterday at the age of 77.

Sweet was famous for his illustrative work on series such as David Farland’s The Runelords, Stephen R. Donaldson’s The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant, Piers Anthony’s Xanth, and L.E. Modesitt, Jr.’s Saga of Recluse. In recent years, he was perhaps best-known for his work on the late Robert Jordan’s The Wheel of Time series. As Jason says over at Dragonmount,

“[H]is artwork led me to read Robert Jordan’s books. I was transfixed by the cover to The Dragon Reborn where Rand is reaching for Callandor. So captivated by this cover, I purchased the previous two novels just so that I would get a chance to read the third book with that great cover. It’s quite possible that had it not been for that cover, I would never have read the series which has so heavily impacted my life.”

The Dragon Reborn
Courtesy of Dragonmount.com.

For further information, and to see more of Sweet’s artwork, head over to Dragonmount or TOR.

Mike Benesch is a graduate student in the Technical Communication program at Drexel, and is DPG's webmaster during the Fall 2011 site renovations. He has a voracious appetite for all things science fiction and fantasy, and is working on two novels in his spare time.




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  1. Scott Stein says:

    This reminds me of my copy of Michael Whelan‘s Works of Wonder, a collection of his book covers that I’ve had for… well, for a long time (thinking of the number of years is too hard). Here’s some of his work.

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