Acrylic and Gouache on Illustration Board - 28" x 18"
THE ULTIMATE ENEMY
The cover is ostensibly a representation of the struggle to preserve life against the onslaught of the Berserker war machines in Fred Saberhagen's novel of the same name. Michael actually viewed it in the larger context of the conflict between natural life and the sterility of manmade technology. Which will win in the end?
The death machines are capable of any treachery, able to assume any disguise, motivated only by their prime directive: to seek out and destroy life wherever it may hide.
The fragile life-form that hides within its puny frame a curiously unquenchable something … call it ‘spirit’. This odd facet of an otherwise undistinguished example of the disease of life has been a source of deep annoyance to the berserkers since first the two forms met: no wonder then that for each the other is THE ULTIMATE ENEMY