"It was really great to host a screening of Chesley Bonestell: A Brush with the Future here at the San Francisco Public Library as part of our 'SF by the Bay' series, celebrating science fiction and fantasy in the Bay Area.
I'm one of those people who had not heard of Chesley Bonestell before, even though I am familiar with some of his art, probably as a result of seeing it on the covers of The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction. We have a full run of this magazine in our J. Francis McComas Fantasy and Science Fiction Collection here at the library.
The documentary really makes it clear what a tremendous influence Bonestell had on American architecture, science, and culture. And I think that was the most amazing thing to learn about him -- just how talented he was with architectural design, matte paintings for films, and imagining distant worlds with his space art.
The film screening at the library was a lot of fun and it was great to have Bob, Wyn, James, and Christina from the film there to talk after the screening. The audience was very engaged and had lots of questions, with some staying afterward to talk further to the panelists. There was great astonishment with Chesley’s involvement with the Golden Gate Bridge as well as his very strong influence in the creation of our space program. This was a most remarkable evening indeed!"