Of all the authorial stuff I’ve enjoyed this past year, being able to show off some fan-made art inspired by The Daedalus Incident ranks right up there.
Below is an image of JSC astronaut Lt. Shaila Jain, as envisioned by Syracuse artist Sarah Bittel and posted to her Facebook account. (Hat tip to Kate for pointing it out to me!) Sarah says she was inspired by Indian actress Deepika Padukone and femShep from the videogame Mass Effect 3.
And her she is:
This is, of course, all kinds of awesome, and more than a little humbling. It’s really something else to see my writing inspire art. Sarah says she’s working on more, including a portrait of a young Royal Navy Lt. Thomas Weatherby. Her Shaila is fantastic, so I can’t wait to see what she comes up with next!