John Picacio is a two-time Hugo Award-winning illustrator of science fiction, fantasy, and horror. He has illustrated the covers of books by Michael Moorcock, Harlan Ellison, Robert Silverberg, L.E. Modesitt, Jr., Dan Simmons, Joe R. Lansdale, Jeffrey Ford, Frederik Pohl, James Tiptree, Jr., Mark Chadbourn, and many more. Picacio has produced cover artwork for franchises such as Star Trek and the X-Men. Recent works include covers and interiors for new Del Rey editions of Michael Moorcock’s legendary fantasy icon Elric, as well as the 2012 calendar for George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire. Picacio’s accolades include the Locus Award, five Chesley Awards, and two International Horror Guild Awards, all in the Artist category. He has been nominated nine consecutive years for the Hugo Award in the Best Professional Artist category (2005-2013), was selected Best Professional Artist in 2012 and 2013, and was nominated for Best Related Book in 2007 (for Cover Story: The Art of John Picacio). This year Picacio is honored by the World Fantasy Convention in the Artist category, which he previously won in 2005. Born September 3, 1969, in San Antonio, Texas, he continues to live in San Antonio with his wife and daughter.