of, relating to, or characteristic of the art of Chesley Bonestell, esp. in featuring accurate depictions of astronomical objects
As these Wellsian words are being spoken, we fans get a visual bonus by way of a series of Bonestellian models and painting montages, virtually an advance sampling of Pal’s next production, THE CONQUEST OF SPACE, as we are transported by the consummate artistry of Mr. B. to the distant, frozen wastes of Pluto, the scintillant rings of Saturn, the molten surface of Mercury, and the red and dying planet Mars itself, with its thin, cold winds keening over the symmetrical canals.
My original moonlike landscape seems rather boring now, so I’ve decided to build some nice Bonestellian peaks in the background.
It was a sort of technicolor KING DINOSAUR crossed with THE LOVE BUG, all played out against some beautiful Bonestellian backgrounds.
The art itself is splendid, in the finest Bonestellian tradition of astronomical art.
But this is the way we wanted space travel to be: a spaceport (in 1970), a space station, and Bonestellian rockets.
Trumbull argued for the latter, but Kubrick insisted that his Moon scenes should be ‘Bonestellian’.
F. J. Ackerman
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