Visions of L. Ron


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The Weird Science Issue

Visions of L. Ron

Based on the covers of six L. Ron Hubbard story compilations.

Photos By Matthew Frost
Artwork By Rick Altergott
Stylist: Annette Lamothe-Ramos
Photo Assistant: Bobby Doherty; Hair: Ashley Nicole Grobmeier; Makeup: Erin Green
Models: Casie C. at Wilhelmina, Hannah Davis at IMG, Alex Glenday at Next, and Zhanna at Mc2
Photocollage and retouching by Daniel Hong; Special thanks to Fast Ashleys Studios

To be clear (and because our lawyers insisted on crystal clarity): The following fashion spread is based on reinterpretations of covers of six of our favourite L. Ron Hubbard story compilations, all of which were appropriated from classic science fiction pulps in which the stories first appeared.


In honour of the release of Paul Thomas Anderson's latest film, The Master, VICE will be cherry-picking articles from our vault of the peculiar and grotesque that have to do with strange sects and cults. Keep checking throughout the week as we roll out more religious weirdness.

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Reinterpretation of 'The Great Secret,' published by Galaxy, 2008; cover originally from 'Thrilling Wonder Stories' (Standard Magazines, December 1948)Cushnie et Ochs dress, Bar III earrings

Reinterpretation of 'Greed,' published by Galaxy, 2011; cover originally from 'Astounding Science Fiction' (Street & Smith, February 1940)Jad Ghandour jacket, American Apparel top, Joseph pants, Palladium boots

Reinterpretation of 'Beyond All Weapons,' published by Galaxy, 2012; cover originally from 'Super Science Stories' (Popular Publications, January 1950) Kumi Kookoon sheet, CC Skye earrings

Reinterpretation of 'One Was Stubborn,' forthcoming from 'Galaxy' in 2014; cover originally from 'Astounding Science Fiction' (Street & Smith, November 1940) adidas Originals x Jeremy Scott jacket and boots, American Apparel short shorts, The Blonds helmet

Reinterpretation of 'When Shadows Fall' published by Galaxy, 2009; cover originally from 'Astounding Science Fiction' (Street & Smith, March 1948)adidas Originals x Opening Ceremony top

Reinterpretation of 'The Professor Was a Thief,' published by Galaxy, 2009; cover originally from 'Startling Stories' (Standard Magazines, July 1948)Jad Ghandour dress, Mango necklace