From The Library Of The Unsubscriber No.15, The Unidentified

Ah, the 60s & 70s. They gave us so many worthwhile things (far too numerable to mention here in a rather brief blog post naturally) including sci-fi book covers which made absolutely no sense whatsoever. I’ve previously covered Shapes & Symbols (here) and Psychedelics (here) in this mini-series but now it’s the turn of the downright unintelligible to take centre stage. Here is my humble offering of five titles with covers that communicate absolutely nothing to the potential buyer, just a strange photograph of… well, something.

Is it just me or am I missing a very obvious point here, answers in the comments or on a good old fashioned postcard if you’d rather.

The Seedy by Robert Ray
1969 – Panther
Cover artist uncredited

Ray The Seedy

Time In Advance By William Tenn
1966 – Panther
Cover artist uncredited

Tenn Time In Advance

The Screaming Face by John Lymington
1965 – Corgi
Cover art by Sir George F. Pollock

Lymington The Screaming Face

Needle In A Timestack by Robert Silverberg
1967 – Sphere
Cover artist uncredited

Silverberg Needle In A Timestack

Gather, Darkness! by Fritz Leiber
1966 – Four Square Books
Covert art by James Holt

Leiber Gather, Darkness


2 thoughts on “From The Library Of The Unsubscriber No.15, The Unidentified

  1. Bernie 26/07/2015 / 10:13 am

    Penguin books went through a phase of using “microphotographs” as cover illos. None of them bore any relationship to the book. I didn’t like them then, and I still don’t. I suppose innovation is a good thing, but I do like to see “proper” artwork on book covers.

    Take care, Bernie xxx

    Liked by 1 person

    • unsubscriber 28/07/2015 / 2:56 pm

      It does feel a little lazy just featuring someone else’s existing work but I thought these three titles fitted in with the theme so I thought I’d include them anyway. Thanks for your thoughts, they’re always welcome here. Take care xxxx


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