Same subject came up under 'Submission Guidelines' in Dec. 2003 (try a search for "Submission Guidelines")!
My posted response at that time was - and still remains the same to this current subject post - as follows:
"Hey - it's New Years Day - HAPPY NEW YEAR - EVERYONE!
And since I have a little time this holiday I will weigh in here on the "sci-fi art" v. "space art" v. "astronomical art" question!
Dave's (Hardy) definition is "right-on" as are most of the thread comments - BUT for the defense of my own style of "space art" (or is it) I need to remind the members of the wide and sticky net being cast here!
I paint in photo-realistice style - combined with a 'resto-space' look of the 1950-60's space illustrations! And the era I concentrate on is very evident in many of my 'old' space ship designs with wings, fins, 'pointy-noses', etc.
But I have taken this a bit further than the 50-60's by my depiction of space ships and space travelers on or near planets that are often not even in our solar system - or in a few pics, not even in the same galaxy we call home!
And so many of my artworks (if not all) should not be on this site, as they could probably be defined as 'science-fiction' or 'science-fantasy' views simply because the scene and elements within the piece are 'pictured' so far away from any known planetary system or employ space-ship designs that we (now) know would never work properly, efficiently, or economically as a means of space travel.
And because my scene, location, the astronauts, and the space-ship are "out of place" and indeed depicted somewhere that we know could NEVER be possible - then must it be categorized as 'sci-fi or science-fantasy"?
If the answer is 'YES' - then my art must be placed in the 'sci-fi' or 'sci-fantasy' category - and not elgible for presentation on Solar Voyager!
BUT - is there really a hard and fast line between 'sci-fi-fantasy' and science 'fact' that can be determined?
And before anyone answers that - remember that all of these were considered to be only 'sci-fi or fantasy' - until they became a scientific reality - the atom bomb; tv; hovercraft; transistors; laser-beam; computers small enough to wear like a watch or carry in your pocket; miniture picture telephones; space ships; space stations; men on the moon; space ships landing on Mars; space-ships to other planets and beyond; telescopes in space; satellite relay stations for telephones and tv; home computers; global positioning sensors; etc. etc. etc.
And because I want to capture, perpetuate, and expand a somewhat more romantic, simplified view of exciting dreams about the future - am I to be concerned that I may be violating today's concept of 'space or astronomical art'?
Yes - I agree that depicting a sword-bearing muscular hero defending against strange spider-men seeking to do harm to buxom ladies would not be appropriate on Solar Voyager - but my 'sci-fi' pieces - Hmmmm!
WHAT DO YOU THINK?
Now I am not specifically saying that this subject should NOT come up once every year - just to remind everyone of what Solar-Voyager IS - and IS NOT! Probably a good thing (remember the Woolworth - or K-Mart syndrome ie. 'try to be something to everyone and you will end up being nothing to anyone!')
Best regards - Frank H.