London (CNN)“It’s a small world but I wouldn’t want to have to paint it,” American comic Steven Wright often quipped.
Some though have turned that on its head to bring us visions of landscapes beyond Earth — including the ones we haven’t even discovered yet.
What do geysers on Europa look like? Or the far distant exoplanets that are now being found? And what about the wonderful worlds that science fiction writers dream up?
Three artists whose job it is to imagine the unseen have given CNN a glimpse of how they are inspired.
Mark Garlick, an astronomer who carried out research on binary stars, has written and illustrated books on the solar system and beyond. But he sometimes takes ideas from here on Earth.
Flynn has painted book covers for science fiction writer Arthur C. Clarke and got to know the author.
“He was very interested in Mars. It was a big passion of his. He really dearly hoped there was something there… total proof of life in the universe or even our own solar system.”
Perhaps the reality will be stranger than fiction.
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