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Tuesday, February 13, 2007

The art of science fiction



When reference librarian Gay Ellen Dennett attended her first science fiction convention in 1980, she said she was “blown away” by the cover art. Since then, she has been an avid collector of prints and oil paintings commissioned for well-known sci-fi titles.

Many works from her personal collection -- including images of dragons, enchanted spirits, and distant galaxies -- are on display this month in the Friends Gallery at the Needham Public Library.Among the works is Rhode Island artist Bob Eggleton’s commission for the science fiction collection "Transfinite: The Essential A.E. van Vogt" (shown above).

Dennett said more than 90 of the works will be auctioned this weekend at the New England Science Fiction Association’s annual convention at the Westin Waterfront in South Boston.

-- Lauren K. Meade

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