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Is the cover art on this faux paperback graphic "The Omicron Variant" on Seth Meyers' "A Closer Look" borrowed from a real SciFi novel's cover?

It appears to be an artwork by graphic artist Tithi Luadthong. It was used as the cover for this obscure Italian science fiction e-book novel: I tre stati dell'acqua [The Three States of Water] by ...
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Is the cover art on this faux paperback graphic "The Omicron Variant" on Seth Meyers' "A Closer Look" borrowed from a real SciFi novel's cover?

Seems like a stock image as seen here; the title is “spaceman standing on the futuristic stairs and looking at the light at the end, digital art style, illustration painting”
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Vintage book cover showing humanoid astronauts in upper body EVA suits but a "pod" or "monopant" lower half?

This is the type of suit described in "Islands in the Sky", a novel by Arthur C. Clarke. Published in 1952, I guess this counts as "vintage" sci-fi. Similarly to the remarks given ...
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Short story about two astronauts exploring an art museum on an abandoned planet

Let me quote my (unaccepted) answer to an old question, which I think was asking about the same story: You may be thinking of "Environment", a 1944 short story by Chester S. Geier, first ...
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What does the cover art of Cursed Child mean?

The wings and nest are those of the Augurey, a creature with which one of the main characters (Delphini Diggory) feels a great affinity, even to the point of using the name as her alter ego and having ...
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Looking to find a fantasy painting with a knight on horseback overlooking a distant castle. Probably 70's or 80's

My guess would be Gustave Doré - Idylls of the King. This one is from the 19th century though
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Does anyone know who created or where this He-Man and Battlecat image came from?

This appears to be by the Deviant Art user nebezial. Whilst I can't be sure, it was published 14/03/2009 which is roughly when the new film was first rumoured to be in production as far as I can tell. ...
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Floating transparent sphere beaming something into a crater? (Space Force! theme song video)

Yes, it is from the Starman (1984) movie staring Jeff Bridges as the Starman. Here is a short YouTube Clip showing the Mirrored globe (his rescue spaceship) above the crater, picking up the Starman. ...
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Trying to find old short story about mysterious picture drawing device

I am trying to find a story I read once, You're looking for "Thing of Beauty", a novelette by Damon Knight, originally published in Galaxy Science Fiction, September 1958, which is available ...
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1970's or 1980's "photobook" of alien worlds

It's possible this could be one of the Terran Trade Authority books. The publishing dates coincide with your period of ownership. They consist of one page being a full colour illustration, usually of ...
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What is the empty box for on this comic cover?

This is the publisher’s information, appearing in its initial monthly print, but typically omitted from collected reprints. You can see an example of the populated version from Lucifer #17, which was ...
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In Tolkien's own visual art, why is it that Bag End has no visible chimneys?

It could have been a simple error, but I suspect that this was a deliberate esthetic choice on Tolkien's part. He seems not to envisioned chimneys as a part of Shire architecture. In The Hobbit, ...
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Does Conquest's album "Frozen Sky" reference the "Forgotten Realms" books?

The image in question contains two cropped and heavily re-coloured pictures composited together; 'Red Wizard' by Fred Fields and 'Tower' by Ciruelo Cabral I've found a copy of the exterior of the CD ...
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Who drew this depiction of Morpheus (from "The Sandman")?

The artist is the German artist Lukas Frese. Neil Gaiman himself posted the same question so I stumbled over this feed. Quite the lesson on how quickly images can get robbed and spread over the ...
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Who designed the original Autobot and Decepticon logos?

I, Wayne Molinare was the original designer of the Transformer Logo, Autobot and Deception Icons, and Packaging for Hasbro. At the time I was an Art Director at Coleman, Lipuma, Segal & Morrill (...
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Star Trek TNG: Season 5, Episode 2, Darmok: Brass Solar System Artwork

The piece in question is called 'Atomic Galaxy wall-hanging sculpture', an original artwork by C Jeré that was recently auctioned. You can see the signature in the closeup. It might interest you to ...
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Can anyone identify this reposted artwork of a Grey alien?

I think I've finally managed to identify this, thanks to the wayback machine crawl that was posted earlier. This is 'Anatomy of a Sky Creature' by British artist Rod Dickinson, but edited to be in ...
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What events, characters, or settings are shown on this album cover?

It is possible to make some sense of this, enough for an answer to be attempted, after magnifying and pulling together some ideas from the comments. At least everyone will agree that's the One Ring in ...
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Was the painting “In the Ring of Saturn” by artist Andrei Sokolov used as a book cover?

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.
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Who drew this depiction of Morpheus (from "The Sandman")?

Edit: Was a blind alley This appears to be a vector graphics work by deviantart member A-Scream: http://a-scream.deviantart.com/art/Sandman-Vector-463110397 "One of my first works in Adobe ...
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Why did Charlie Adlard replace Tony Moore?

Moore had trouble with deadlines According to an interview with Kirkman: Q: You and artist Tony Moore are longtime friends and collaborators. You created The Walking Dead comic together. What ...
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Help identifying a horror illustration

I found the piece I was looking for! Not only that, but I found the book it was from (and found the book where it was on the cover). The artist was Bernie Wrightson, who was a very famous artist of ...
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Any artists' concepts of Moties published in 20th Century?

Funny Motie expression on this one: Amazon and Abebooks say Publisher: Pocket; 1st edition (1974) but ISFDB says that the cover art is copyright 1986 by David Egge. (See the end of Valorum's answer --...
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Why are there two completely different depictions of the Nazgûl and their flying mounts in the cartoon version of The Return of the King?

I don’t know why the animation does this, but the second character design seems pretty accurate to me, to how they are described when Frodo is wearing The One Ring. (For the Nazgûl themselves, the ...
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What is the sculpture in Kirk’s Quarters — Star Trek VI

It's a statue of a child (probably a boy) riding a dolphin. Young people riding on dolphins are a common motif in statuary—although probably more commonly outdoor statuary, where they are often part ...
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Did HPL ever draw his creatures, or see drawings in his lifetime?

Here is a sample of HP Lovecraft's sketches of monsters from (or in preparation for) a number of his works, scans taken from the Brown Digital Repository's Howard P. Lovecraft collection: Image ...
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Help me Identify Strange and Bizarre Fantasy Artist, World Was Similar to Dragons Lair Game

So I believe I have found it. It appears to be artist Paul Kidby’s Discworld Series book covers and artwork, as well as others imitating his style and creating more Discworld art. Thanks for hunting ...
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How does one become a magical artist?

There doesn't seem to be any formal training programme. The Pottermore page for Hogwarts portraits gives a certain amount of insight into the process behind creating a magical painting. Hogwarts ...
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Did John Bellairs tailor his stories to fit Edward Gorey's illustrations?

Answering my own query: It's not quite a definitive answer to the question, as I asked it, but I found this article, covering the subject of Gorey's illustrations for Bellairs' stories. The key ...
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What is the original work used for the album cover of Endless Power by Conquest?

While searching for the image of the cover to use in the question, I happened across a page where someone had tracked uses of the original artwork. (Warning: that site contains some NSFW material as ...
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