In 1981 Hardy worked with SF author Bob Shaw to produce Galactic Tours – a sort of interstellar travel brochure. This included a painting of a 'portal' or gateway, leading to different worlds. In 1974 Hawkwind used a Hardy back cover on Hall of the Mountain Grill; there is a very interesting report here. These pieces came together in a most unusual way. . .
To see more, click on the first thumbnail below. February 2015: The latest addition to this saga has now been completed: a SF fan who is also a big fan of Hawkwind commissioned a painting based on the original album cover – but in a different season. Hardy picked on winter, and here is the result (final image).