|Primetime by Randall Ensley|
The contest is well worth entering for those who have a desire to create science fiction or fantasy art for books, magazines, role-playing games, etc. I made friendships which persist to this day and was treated very well during the workshop week, which culminates in a black tie awards ceremony. So many luminaries in the science fiction and fantasy world are in attendance that one can get a little starstruck. All in all a very memorable and rewarding experience!
I was lucky enough to be asked to produce two illustrations for the book because one of the winners dropped out. This illustration, Primetime, is for a story of the same name by author Douglas Texter. It is about a future where journalists are able to traverse time to record important events in human history, similar to a reality show/primetime news program. Things go amiss when one reporter attempts to record the bombing of Hiroshima.