Ideas as Art.........Joy V Smith

I went to Oasis 19 (literary SF con in Orlando) Memorial Day weekend, and one of the fun things going on there was Cover Art by Committee. Five artists worked on two different canvases with colored markers, taking turns working on each canvas. One canvas has a SF theme and one has a fantasy theme; they're actually cartoons, and they do this every year. They ask for suggestions from the audience, and Mike Conrad, who coordinated the artists, said--Let's do something besides fairies, orcs, and wizards, and I said--Sentient plants! (Sentient plants are what my stories, Seedlings and Crystal Quest--in the Magistria anthologies--are about.) So the fantasy theme was sentient plants, and the artists came up with lots of fun ideas. This art is auctioned off, and I bought it at the art auction. Here is the art, which includes a killer tomato, a power plant, one with a sign that says Will root for food, and more:


Joy V. Smith has been writing stories since she was a kid. Her stories have been published in print magazines, webzines, and anthologies; and her SF has been published in two audiobooks, including Sugar Time. Her recent non-fiction includes her book, Building a Cool House for Hot Times without Scorching the Pocketbook and an interview with Lyn McConchie. She lives in Florida on a registered backyard wildlife habitat with Xena the Warrior Puppy.