Sturgeon In Orbit
A few weeks ago I was lucky enough to win an eBay auction for ten vintage novels by Theodore Sturgeon for a relatively paltry sum. Amongst them was this rather fine 1973 Corgi reprint of Sturgeon In Orbit which contains a short story and four novellas. I already had an earlier copy of this collection but couldn’t let the auction pass because of this fact, there were nine other books at stake after all. This version has a wonderfully tactile ribbed cover and features suitably groovy wraparound art which is sadly uncredited.
A Touch Of Strange
Following the successful conclusion of this auction I decided to search for more books by Sturgeon and found this 1978 Daw collection of shorts being offered by a US bookseller. Frankly, the cover had already convinced me that I should have this book even before checking its publication history on the indispensable ISFDB website (here). The bizarre painting is by Hans Arnold who was also responsible for the unsettlingly odd cover art which graces a 1974 Daw reprint of Robert Sheckley’s Can You Feel Anything When I Do This? Strange indeed!