Book illustration by book illustrator Duncan Long for A J Vega A I Ofspring novel.

Yesterday I had a blast creating the various elements for the cover illustration of A. J. Vega’s A. I. Offspring novel. Shown here is the star drive engine (created by aliens in the story).

The system centers around an artificial crystal “conduit” which houses an artificial intelligence consciousness. Since human technology tends to be symmetrical, I decided to make the somewhat alien operating system at the base of the crystal as nonsymmetrical and organic as possible.

This is the result.

When not designing alien artifacts for space ships, Duncan Long works as a freelance magazine and book illustrator. He’s created magazine and book artwork for HarperCollins, PS Publishing, Pocket Books, Solomon Press, Fort Ross, and many other publishers and self-publishing authors. See his book illustrations at: