From The Library Of The Unsubscriber No.22, Yet More Cover Oddities

Over the past few weeks I have featured a number of covers which fall squarely into the category marked ‘strange’ (here and here). And so once again I find myself pulling out books with slightly dodgy and altogether questionable cover art. It’s not that any of these are particularly bad examples (well, maybe just the one), they’re all just a bit strange, campy or downright odd.

I’ll leave the final word to you and your impeccable tastes dear readers, feel free to leave a comment.

Times Without Number by John Brunner
This version was published in 1975 by Ace Books
The cover artist is Don Punchatz

Brunner Times Without Number

So Bright The Vision by Clifford D. Simak
This version was published in 1976 by Ace Books
The cover artist is uncredited

Simak So Bright The Vision

Caviar by Theodore Sturgeon
This version was published in 1968 by Sphere Books
The cover artist is David Davies

Sturgeon Caviar

Dagger Of The Mind by Bob Shaw
This version was published in 1981 by Pan Books
The cover artist is George Underwood

Shaw Dagger Of The Mind

Some Of Your Blood by Theodore Sturgeon
This version was published in 1967 by Sphere Books
The cover artist is uncredited

Sturgeon Some Of Your Blood

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A Badger Book On Sunday With The Reverend R. L. Fanthorpe, Chapter 48

Rev Fanthorpe Frame

This week’s pick from the Badger shelf is by A. J. Merak which is the pen name of Fanthorpe associate John S. Glasby who is probably better known to regular readers of this series as part of the trio of writers working under the name of John E. Muller. This is one of those unusual Badger SF books from this period not to feature any input from the good reverend himself. The tagline looks like this;

The salvation of Earth’s planetary colony depended on one man and he had been made to forget!

The cover is a great Charles Bril piece featuring the head of a rather amusingly balding astronaut wearing a fishbowl style glass helmet set against a striking interstellar backdrop featuring a green ringed planet. I love the slightly bemused look on the astronaut’s face as his eyes settle on something just out of view of the reader.

It’s time to look past that cover now and delve into the pages to find out if this rather baffled looking elderly gent can come up with the goods and save the colony from its impending doom. I’ll be serving up more Badger goodies next week so join me here as usual and also feel free to share your thoughts in the comments.

Hydrosphere by A. J. Merak
(Serial Number SF36)
This version was published in 1960 by Badger Books
The cover artist is Charles Bril

Badger - Merak, Hydrosphere

Merak, Hydrosphere (Back)

From The Library Of The Unsubscriber No.21, More Cover Oddities

Last week I wrote about some of the stranger covers I have adorning books in my library (here) and so I thought I’d continue this theme by putting together five more strange looking covers. Once again, each of the books featured here bear rather odd examples of artwork that I really like but what are your thoughts? Are these great covers or merely downright bizarre? Feel free as ever to voice your opinions in the comments.

Camp Concentration by Thomas M. Disch
This version was published in 1977 by Panther Granada Books
The cover artist is uncredited

Disch Camp Concentration

The Light That Never Was by Lloyd Biggle Jr.
This version was published in 1980 by New English Library Books
The cover artist is Colin Andrew

Biggle The Light That Never Was

The Silver Eggheads by Fritz Leiber
This version was published in 1966 by Four Square Books
The cover artist is uncredited

Leiber The Silver Eggheads

Time Untamed – Anonymously edited anthology
This version was published in 1967 by Belmont Books
The cover artist is uncredited

Anthology Time Untamed

The Mind Riders by Brian Stableford
This version was published in 1977 by Fontana Books
The cover artist is Tony Roberts

Stableford The Mind Riders

A Badger Book On Sunday With The Reverend R. L. Fanthorpe, Chapter 47

Rev Fanthorpe Frame

As Sunday arrives once more I find myself standing in front of the library shelves in a bid to find yet another Badger book to spend my day getting lost in. This time I’ve chosen a title written by the trio of R. L. Fanthorpe, John S. Glasby and A. A. Glynn or John E. Muller as the cover states, I seem to have an awful lot of books under this particular pseudonym. Let’s turn our attention to the ever present tagline shall we;

Part man part machine they possessed the worst qualities of both

I love the fabulously retro typography on this sadly uncredited cover which features a trio of rocket ships blasting off into space from a cratered and mountainous alien world. The rockets are of a classic sixties cigar shaped design with stabilising fins, brilliantly vintage stuff.

So, onwards with the book now. I’ll have another selection for you next week so please do join me then, feel free to share your thoughts with me in the comments as usual.

Beyond The Void by John E. Muller
(Serial Number SF112)
This version was published in 1965 by Badger Books
The cover artist is uncredited

Badger - Muller, Beyond The Void

Muller, Beyond The Void (Back)

From The Library Of The Unsubscriber No.20, Cover Oddities

Searching through my bookshelves earlier for this week’s selection, I was happy to see so many fantastic covers adorning the books I have collected over the years. I have always tried to choose the edition of each title according to my favourite artwork wherever possible. Although having said this I have my fair share of oddities too and so I thought I’d assemble a small collection of books with slightly questionable or just plain wonky artwork. What are your thoughts on this matter – am I being overly harsh or too critical of the choices included here or are you too an aficionado of the downright strange? Let me know in the comments.

Cybernia by Lou Cameron
This version was published in 1973 by Coronet Books
The cover artist is uncredited

Cameron Cybernia

New Writings In SF 22 edited by Kenneth Bulmer
This version was published in 1974 by Corgi Books
The cover artist is Mike Little

Anthology New Writings In SF 22

The Hounds Of Tindalos by Frank Belknap Long
This version was published in 1963 by Belmont Books
The cover artist is uncredited

Belknap Long The Hounds Of Tindalos

In Deep by Damon Knight
This version was published in 1978 by Magnum Books
The cover artist is Chris Moore

Knight In Deep

A Plague Of Demons by Keith Laumer
This version was published in 1967 by Penguin Books
The cover artist is Alan Aldridge

Laumer A Plague Of Demons

A Badger Book On Sunday With The Reverend R. L. Fanthorpe, Chapter 46

Rev Fanthorpe Frame

It’s time to take another trip to the Badger shelves of my library to choose a book for this Sunday’s reading pleasure and this week it’s the turn of Karl Zeigfreid to provide the story. Zeigfreid is of course the pseudonym of writing partners R. L. Fanthorpe and John S. Glasby. It’s time now for that all important tagline;

If the new process could not be controlled it could threaten the entire planet

Once again, Badger stalwart Harry Fox turns in an impressive cover showing two graven-faced scientists wearing atomic helmets above some nuclear generating apparatus from which a number of operatives are fleeing before a no doubt imminent meltdown. Stirring stuff indeed!

And now I shall read on to discover what kind of threats to humanity are hopefully averted within the pages of this ageing book. I’ll have more fascinating Badger cover art selections to share over the coming weekends so be sure to join me here, comments are always welcome.

Atomic Nemesis by Karl Zeigfreid
(Serial Number SF80)
This version was published in 1962 by Badger Books
The cover artist is Harry Fox

Zeigfreid, Atomic Nemesis

Zeigreid, Atomic Nemesis (Back)

Two More Little Gems From Corgi Books

A few months ago I wrote about picking up a dinky little Corgi Book from eBay (here) which measured 16cm by 10.5cm making it around a centimetre shorter than the usual size of a paperback. One of my regular readers and eBay seller Bernie mentioned in the comments that she’d got another one of these odd sized tomes for sale as well as giving me a few pointers to other sellers who might have similar wares in their listings. I duly purchased the book from Bernie and went on the hunt for more but found only one additional title for sale at a reasonable price.

Here are both the books in all their glory, it’s hard to get a handle on the reduced scale of these books but they really are stubby little chaps when compared to everything else around them on the shelves.

Many thanks to Bernie for the heads up on these two.

One In Three Hundred by J. T. McIntosh
This version was published in 1961 by Corgi Books
The cover artist is John Richards

McIntosh, One In Three Hundred

Crisis 2000 by Charles Eric Maine
This version was published in 1958 by Corgi Books
The cover artist is John Richards

Maine, Crisis 2000