A commissioned book cover from 1986, from Baen Books, of "Ethan of Athos" by Lois McMaster Bujold.
If I recall the story, Ethan was a mild-mannered space traveller, different than the Buck Rogers-Flash Gordon style space opera. This was done before Bujold became a hot commodity in the publishing realm, and I sold most of the art I did for her, about 7 or 8 covers.
One of the best paintings in the 14 box covers I did for Tonka Toys "Legions of Power", this was a lego-style interchangable plastic toy, that included a motor. The box was the same size as the motorized walker (18" x 24") and was the most expensive of the set.
This was the third cover art from the "Chaos Chronicles" series from Jeffery Carver (the others are "Neptune Crossing" and "Strange Attractors" in this gallery), published in 1995, by Tor Books.
I don't fully recall the story, but, as with all Jeff Carver's work, there was an abundance of soaring, cosmic, hard science, giving the reader a lot to think about.
In order to get this image, I had to scan the book and digitally remove the type. The art, and transparency have been long gone, but it's about 95% accurate to the original, done with gouache and acrylic on masonite.
From the book by Roger Zelazny, commissioned and published by Tor Books, 1983.
The ugly "flip side" of "Pathways and Parables" (in this gallery), the story is set in a post-apocalyptic California, where convict Hell Tanner, is offered a pardon, to deliver a vaccine to Boston, traveling across a landscape of mutant freaks, bad road, hurricane force winds, and over the bones of those who have tried the journey before...
This was one of the last cover paintings I did, before moving from my California home, and starting my own east coast adventure, in New York City.