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Fish alien — a silly illo by Ian Gunn

Fish alien

A fish alien goes fishing in a boat on top of the water… His dingy is called the Mud Skipper so maybe he’s on the mud IN the water?

Ian Gunn, creator of these silly illos (illustrations), was a beloved award-winning artist based in Melbourne. Cancer took him from us too soon.

Ian left a legacy including lots of great illustrations. Many of these illustrations are available for sale.

Victoria’s science fiction convention, Continuum, occasionally presents the Ian Gunn Memorial Award recognising the ‘unsung heroes’ of fandom: people consistently working in the background who never expect any recognition of their efforts. This commemorates Ian’s selfless efforts to reach out to others, encouraging others and thereby building the science fiction community.

K’rin Pender-Gunn, Ian’s widow, gave Dark Matter Zine permission to republish Ian’s artwork. Thanks, K’rin!

Nalini is an award-winning writer and artist as well as managing editor of Dark Matter Zine.


  1. Thanks, I had not heard of this. I have some of Ian’s Calendars and he used to illustrate our programs for Whitehorse Showtime (a district Scout and Guide Show) and Interchange magazines. I may still even have at shirt or two with his designs on it. I admired his work and him very much. Great to hear of an award in his name.


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