The New England Science Fiction Association asked Michael to do the covers for their upcoming collected stories of famed author Roger Zelazny. Not long before he died, Zelazny stated in an interview that he always wished he had a “Whelan cover.” How could Michael resist that?
NESFA wanted Michael to combine elements from the stories into one painting that they could divide up into the 6 covers. Michael designed the dust jackets so that when the books are placed together on a shelf, the entire painting is displayed along the spines. We are sure the author would be pleased with the result.