Bio:Ron Miller

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Ron Miller was born 8 May 1947 in Minneapolis, Minnesota and raised in Columbus, Ohio. He is a graduate of the Columbus College of Art & Design with a BFA in illustration. Ron worked as an illustrator/designer for several commercial art studios before joining the staff of the Smithsonian's National Air & Space Museum as art director for the Albert Einstein Planetarium. There he was responsible for planetarium show design, publications and exhibits. While working for the Planetarium, he attended the launch of the Apollo spacecraft for the Apollo-Soyuz mission as a member of the NASA Fine Arts Program. Since leaving the museum in 1977 he has freelanced as Black Cat Studio, specializing in astronomical, science, and science fiction artwork for books and magazine articles. He is the author or editor of more than fifty non-fiction books and novels of his own. He lives in South Boston, Virginia with his wife Judith and three cats.

Relevant Profesional Achievments

Ron Miller is a Contributing Editor to Air & Space magazine, and is the Principal Administrator of Bonestell Space Art.

He was the designer of a ten-stamp set of commemorative US postage stamps (Space Exploration series, October 1991). One of these stamps is on board the New Horizons spacecraft currently bound for Pluto. He was a oontributor to the President's National Commission on Space (Paine Commission) and NASA's Solar System Exploration Committee.

Miller was the production illustrator for the Dino DeLaurentiis productions of Dune and Total Recall. He was a visual consultant for George Miller's Contact.

Miller was a participant in the Cosmos Forum, Moscow, October 1987; in the first joint US/Soviet space art workshop, Iceland, July 1988; in the second joint US/Soviet space art workshop, Senezh, USSR, April 1989; and in the Inspiration of Astronomical Phenomena International Conference, Vatican Observatory, Summer 1994.


  • Fellow, British Interplanetary Society.
  • Life member and Trustee: International Association for the Astronomical Arts.
  • Member, International Academy of Astronautics (Committee on Arts and Literature)
  • Honorary Member, Sociétè Jules Verne
  • Member, North American Jules Verne Society
  • Vice-president, Convergence Art Guild


  • Frank R. Paul Award for Outstanding Achievement in Science Fiction Art, Nashville, 1988
  • Hugo Award for Best Related Work, 2002
  • Award of Excellence in Science Writing from American Institute of Physics, 2003