Digital Digits Three. Astronauts

In the first two parts of this article I wrote about how the Digit imprint was founded in 1956 by Brown Watson Ltd to publish science fiction in an attempt to capitalise on the huge boom in public interest. I then posted a series of book covers which had various different designs of spaceship adorning them (here and here). This week, I’m delving into the world of those brave men (and the odd token woman) who pilot these mighty ships through infinite space, it’s time then for the astronauts.

Here’s my first selection of six books which feature astronauts doing all manner of action packed stuff in the face of interstellar adversity and generally being terribly heroic about it. Join me here next week for another array of astronaut related Digit goodies.

Fury by Henry Kuttner
(Serial Number R413)
This version was published in 1960 by Digit Books
The cover artist is Ed Emshwiller

Digit - Kuttner Fury

The Wind Of Liberty by Kenneth Bulmer
(Serial Number R607)
This version was published in 1962 by Digit Books
The cover artist is Robert A. Osborne

Digit - Bulmer, The Wind Of Liberty

The Peacemakers by Curtis W. Casewit
(Serial Number R704)
This version was published in 1963 by Digit Books
The cover artist is uncredited

Digit - Casewit, The Peacemakers

The Secret Visitors by James White
(Serial Number R479)
This version was published in 1961 by Digit Books
The cover artist is Ed Emshwiller

Digit - White, The Secret Visitors

A Thousand Ages by D. E. Ellis
(Serial Number R757)
This version was published in 1963 by Digit Books
The cover artist is uncredited

Digit - Ellis A Thousand Ages

Assignment in Eternity by Robert A. Heinlein
(Serial Number D368)
This version was published in 1960 by Digit Books
The cover artist is Richard Powers

Digit - Heinlein Assignment in Eternity

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5 thoughts on “Digital Digits Three. Astronauts

  1. lcmt 07/05/2015 / 7:52 pm

    No doubt about my favorite here. Number 2, The Wind of Liberty. So many things to love. The astronaut’s attire: ill-fitting khaki pants, orange shirt with inexplicably bare forearms, plus a sleek white helmet that looks like it was stolen from some other sci-fi cover. The giant phantom hand, the mysterious letters “FC”. And why did the artist paint Raymond Massey’s face on this guy?

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    • unsubscriber 08/05/2015 / 4:41 pm

      Great to hear your thoughts on The Wind Of Liberty Lin, some of the same reasons why I love this cover so much too. Glad to know you’re enjoying another series, all the best.

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  2. Bernie 09/05/2015 / 10:19 am

    Such fun, revisiting books I once owned, visiting books I once owned but with different covers, (how many times did Digit reissue?!), searching for the “EMSH” on Emsh’s covers. Favourite this time the James White, simply because it IS James White, but can’t find the EMSH on it 😦 My own copy is in my “never sell” pile stashed away somewhere safe so I can’t seek it out at present. Many thanks again for this series, your best yet IMHO.

    Take care, Bernie xxx

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    • unsubscriber 11/05/2015 / 2:47 pm

      Thanks Bernie, kind words indeed from a fellow aficionado. More to come next week. Take care xxx

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