However strange the idea of aliens visiting Earth in ancient times might be, modern science fiction artists have embraced the idea of alternate cultures and beings unlike our own. One of the most prominent alien artists is master surrealist H.R. Giger whose work included the development of the Aliens and Predators from cinema and literary fame. In these works, Giger displays extraterrestrials as something mysterious, terrifying, and unable to be comprehended by the human mind, unlike the helpful aliens presumed in earlier forms of art.
Giger's work has spawned an entirely new way of perceiving surreal art for many fantasy artists as science fiction art attempts to draw its own ideas of alien life. These depictions vary from inhumanly beautiful figures that inspire peace to the viewer to dark, grotesque, and terrifyingly seductive variants that emerge from mankind's worst fears of the dark and unknown. However, regardless of how they're depicted, aliens have drawn increasingly more curiosity as mankind's focus turns toward the stars.