Tilted horizon, flying saucers, bursts of plasma weapons, megastructure technology...I tried every science fiction art cliche, but this never got chosen for a book cover. I was imitating British book covers of the time, which I thought were better illustrated than the American ones. And also, of course, Star Wars, which you could imitate forever and still make mediocre art. They're still doing stuff like this now, for video games, but it's all digitally rendered.
"Megastructure Melee," acrylic on illustration board, 14" x 18", February 1987.