Karl Kofoed is a science fiction illustrator and writer; he has done book covers and interior illustrations for magazines like Analog and Asimov’s SF magazine. He currently has 6 novels published by Baen eBooks; JOKO, Deep Ice, Jupiter’s Reef, Farthest Reef, Infinite Reef, and Ark. Karl is perhaps best known for his lavishly illustrated Galactic Geographic feature which first appeared in Heavy Metal magazine from 1980 until 2008. His pieces feature diverse and imaginative views of living alien worlds and a distinctive documentary style, which have set his work apart from others in his field. Karl has always regarded the Galactic Geographic material as a single work of art, and he single-handedly designed, wrote, illustrated, and produced the Galactic Geographic Annual 3003, which he describes as a nature magazine from the future. Published by Chrysalis/Paper Tiger Books in 2003. It is in the Library of Congress. Karl’s artwork became part of NASA’s Cassini mission to Saturn, providing highly accurate surface views of Saturn’s moons. When the probe found the famous geyser-like plumes on the moon Enceladus, his art was water cooler discussion among scientists the world over. Karl and his wife Janet, a popular jewelry designer, live in Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania. They each have a daughter named Lisa, from previous marriages.

The Galactic Geographic


Karl Kofoed


A coffee table book from the future.  A thousand years from now, humans and exploring the galaxy, and finding worlds and peoples undreamed of.  This spiritual heir of today’s National Geographic charts the wonders we find, and some of the problems we encounter.

The Galactic Geographic

THE GALACTIC GEOGRAPHIC ANNUAL 3003 by Karl Kofoed is presented as a magazine from the future, a collection of illustrated articles from a spiritual descendant of today’s nature magazines. It describes a future space program overseen by a Federation of Worlds and reports on the discoveries and achievements of its human and alien members. We are introduced to three allied space-faring members of that Federation: the “closest to human” Tsailerol, the aquatic Noron, and the mysterious super-civilization called the “WO,” and read reports on future mysteries and items of interest via articles geared for readers on Earth and its colonies in outer space. THE GALACTIC GEOGRAPHIC ANNUAL 3003 contains as much science as fiction. Written in a smooth editorial style, the articles introduce the reader to a positive future where mankind is exploring and trading with its allies in a cosmos free of war and conflict but full of wonders and adventure. THE GALACTIC GEOGRAPHIC ANNUAL 3003 is suitable for readers of all ages.