What The? #5

The Space-Time Journal edited by Judith Merril

1972 – Panther
Cover artist uncredited

An occasional series of book covers whose outlandish design evokes bafflement and confusion in equal measure.

This week’s entry is just downright puzzling. A series of burnt out matches which also appear to have tiny forests growing between oceans on them. I clearly need to stop thinking about the relevance of these cover illustrations so much and have a nice quiet lie down.



6 thoughts on “What The? #5

  1. Lestaret 21/05/2014 / 2:13 pm

    Love this one. Looks a bit like a visual metaphor to illustrate the fragile and finite span of life… Or something.


    • unsubscriber 21/05/2014 / 2:19 pm

      Good call Mr Lestaret, I hadn’t seen it that way. To me it was just a Sci-Fi book with burnt matches on the cover…


  2. Joachim Boaz 21/05/2014 / 5:47 pm

    Very mysterious… I guess, slices of the earth turning into slag/oil?


    • unsubscriber 22/05/2014 / 1:26 am

      A strange one indeed, I can’t quite fathom the design.


      • Joachim Boaz 22/05/2014 / 1:47 am

        GOT IT, those slices are supposed to look like matches!


      • unsubscriber 22/05/2014 / 1:52 am

        They’re definitely burnt out matches but the question is – why? Beats me anyway!


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