The BBC News exposé 'Our Saturn years'; Cassini's epic journey to the ringed planet, told by the people who helped make it happen includes the text:

“The Voyagers gave us a really wonderful impression of Saturn. It’s a beautiful gas giant,” says Nasa’s director of planetary science Jim Green.

Prof Andrew Coates, from the Mullard Space Science Laboratory in Surrey, UK, agrees:

“Saturn is the most spectacular planet in our Solar System. The incredible rings, visible even in binoculars or a small telescope, make it stand out compared to all the rest.”

In places, the rings are only about as tall as a telephone pole. Yet from end-to-end they are more than 20-times as wide as the Earth.

They have influenced decades of science fiction book covers.

Followed by a reproduction of the painting In the Ring of Saturn by artist Andrei Sokolov.

The painting is stylized and shows a spacecraft beaming something to the planet Saturn, with the suggestions of the planet's rings in the background, all in various shades of green and yellow.

Question: But there is no indication that this art is related to any specific book cover. So I would like to ask; Was the painting “In the Ring of Saturn” by artist Andrei Sokolov used as a book cover? If not, was any of this artist's work used in book covers?

Per Wikimedia Commons:

Andrei Konstantinovich Sokolov (1931—2007) was a Soviet and Russian science fiction painter and a graphic artist, a designer of stamps, an architect.

For some other examples of work by the artist, see for example

Reproduction of “In the Ring of Saturn” by artist Andrei Sokolov (Topfoto)

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The ISFDb page for Andrei Konstantinovich Sokolov (Андрей Константинович Соколов) does not list "In the Ring of Saturn" as one of the works that have been published as cover art.

  • Thanks for the speedy answer, and for mentioning ISFDb, I didn't know of it until now! – uhoh Nov 12 '19 at 18:22

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