Some people build sci-fi landscapes — John Harris dreams them.

The iconic artist has been crafting his unique brand of science fiction imagery for decades, and it's all based on physical sensations he's experienced, whether through lucid dreaming or meditation. It's the feeling of weightlessness, of floating, in particular that gives way to his art, which has been collected into a new volume dubbed Beyond the Horizon. "The images arise with the sensation, which, I have to say, quickly translates into simple joy," he explains.

Born in London in 1948, Harris is less well known than contemporaries like Chris Foss or Roger Dean, but has carved out a space for himself with his surreal, vivid paintings of sci-fi scenes. His work regularly depicts strange floating structures and colliding celestial bodies. His early passion for the genre eventually led to a job painting covers for author Philip Dunn's trilogy Cities in Flight, and in 1985 he was commissioned by NASA to illustrate a rocket launch. His work has since been used by a who's who of sci-fi legends, from Isaac Asimov to Jack Vance. Over the years he's maintained a consistent yet unique style — once you're familiar with it, it's easy to recognize Harris' work. But he doesn't really see it that way.