More Joy Of Text

Following a couple of posts about buying books on eBay (here) and then the unbridled joy of receiving them through my letterbox (here) I find myself in a bit of a conundrum as to what to write by way of introduction to this article. The following eight titles are still from that original cache of books I bought online so there’s not much in the way of background here. There are quite a few Richard Powers covers included in this collection for those of you interested in that sort of thing…

I’ll just dedicate this article to the tireless postmen and women who dutifully carry armfuls of lovely book-filled parcels uncomplainingly to my door almost every day come rain or shine. Here’s to the posties!

I hope you enjoy my selection, comments are always welcome;

High Vacuum by Charles Eric Maine
This version was published in 1957 by Ballantine Books
The cover artist is Richard Powers

Maine High Vacuum

Brain Wave by Poul Anderson
This version was published in 1966 by Ballantine Books
The cover artist is Richard Powers

Anderson Brain Wave

Shellbreak by J. W. Groves
This version was published in 1970 by Paperback Library
The cover artist is uncredited

Groves Shellbreak

After Doomsday by Poul Anderson
This version was published in 1965 by Panther Books
The cover artist is Richard Powers

Anderson After Doomsday

Seeker From The Stars by James Nelson Coleman
This version was published in 1967 by Berkley Medallion Books
The cover artist is Richard Powers

Coleman Seeker From The Stars

Beyond This Horizon by Robert A. Heinlein
This version was published in 1967 by Panther
The cover artist is Enzo Ragazzini

Heinlein Beyond This Horizon

Instant Gold by Frank O’Rourke
This version was published in 1966 by Four Square Books
The cover artist is uncredited

O'Rourke Instant Gold

Donovan’s Brain by Curt Siodmak
This version was published in 1972 by Tandem Books
The cover artist is C. Achilleos

Siodmak Donovan's Brain

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6 thoughts on “More Joy Of Text

  1. Postcard Cafe 06/10/2014 / 10:15 am

    A great set! My favourite of this group is probably Shellbreak. Nice abstract feel with some nice tangible elements. I like the piece of computer punch tape. Its probably got a name other than computer punch tape but I wouldn’t know what that is! It immediately places the book in a particular time frame. Back then that punch tape was pretty much the future of computing. I remember it being used to control industrial machines.
    Cheers, Mr C 🙂

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    • unsubscriber 06/10/2014 / 11:10 am

      Thanks as ever for the kinds words Mr C, always a pleasure to hear from you. When I first started in computing back in 1986, we used punch cards to generate ticker tapes for transmission to a central computer. It’s amazing we have more technology in our pockets now than would fill a whole room back then! Will be in touch soon.

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  2. Bernie 06/10/2014 / 12:02 pm

    Hard to pick a favourite from these, probably Seeker From the Stars, powers personified there! Was surprised that Donovan’s Brain was Achilleos, he’s usually more like Boris than anything else, not a favourite cover but a nice change 🙂

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    • unsubscriber 06/10/2014 / 12:07 pm

      It’s a good batch for Powers covers this one, you’re probably right about Seeker From The Stars being the most ‘Powers-esque’ though. I love the Dononvan’s Brain cover, something creepy about those eyes… Hope you’re keeping well Bernie xx

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  3. Lestaret 06/10/2014 / 7:49 pm

    The cover by Ragazzini influenced a wave of Top of the Pops camera effects during the 1970’s – go Pan’s People! Another great bunch for the Unsub’library’!

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    • unsubscriber 06/10/2014 / 8:07 pm

      Glad you enjoyed the latest selection Mr Lestaret, always a pleasure to share some of my obscure gems with appreciative folk. I see what you’re getting at with the Ragazzini artwork and I like what you did there!

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