It’s been great to start this series on such a high note with titles from Philip K. Dick and John Brunner but this Sunday it’s time to return to the Ace Doubles shelf in my library and select a brand new volume. I decided not to make an informed choice on this occasion and simply pulled out the first book that came to hand, serial number D-497. Today’s novel then is Wandl The Invader by Ray Cummings and has the following tagline;
A new planet menaces the solar system
The cover art features a hilarious yet fantastic painting by Ed Valigursky which somehow manages to land on the right side of kitsch. A startled young blonde clad in wonderfully retro-futuristic garb presses herself against the wall as a strange alien figure approaches. The extraterrestrial being itself is a spherical pink mass with stubby legs, tentacular arms and yellow eyes protruding on stalks. This is most definitely a cover of its time when illustrators pushed at the boundaries of their imaginations when faced with visualising what creatures from other worlds might look like.
It’s time to look past that nifty cover art and settle myself in for a good read, join me here again next Sunday to find out what lies on the other side of this Ace Double. Drop me a comment if you enjoyed this selection or let me know if you have a favourite cover featuring a rendition of some weird alien lifeform.
Wandl The Invader by Ray Cummings
(Serial Number D-497)
This version was published in 1961 by Ace Books
The cover artist is Ed Valigursky