Ace On Sunday #4

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Today’s novel is a continuation of the book I chose at random last week by Ray Cummings (here) which I ended up enjoying a lot more than I initially thought I would despite its fantastic cover. Flipping the book upside down reveals I Speak For Earth by Keith Woodcott which is actually a pseudonym for John Brunner and bears the tagline;

The Man With Seven Faces

I love the cover painting by the inimitable Emsh, a row of overlapping heads which when looked at closely show that the mouth of each ascending figure is in fact the eye of the one below. It’s a very clever piece that works incredibly well to trick the eye if scanned from arm’s length. There is however a slight disparity in the number of faces portrayed, the tagline clearly says seven whereas Emsh only has available space to paint six!

Time to stop pondering this conundrum now and get on with reading the novel, I’ll be selecting a new Ace Double from the library shelves next Sunday so please do join me then. I hope you enjoy this fine example of vintage SF cover art, feel free to let me know your thoughts as always in the comments.

I Speak For Earth by Keith Woodcott
(Serial Number D-497)
This version was published in 1961 by Ace Books
The cover artist is Ed Emshwiller

D-497 I Speak For Earth by Keith Woodcott


6 thoughts on “Ace On Sunday #4

  1. John C Nash 31/01/2016 / 8:55 pm

    These have some terrific covers, don’t they? I particularly like the left eye / mouth anomaly we’ve got going on here. Quite disorientating.

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    • unsubscriber 02/02/2016 / 11:45 am

      Glad to hear that this one struck a chord with you Mr Nash, the Ace Double do indeed tend to have great covers. More to come next weekend so I’ll see you then hopefully. All the best.

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  2. lcmt 01/02/2016 / 3:58 pm

    You could count each of the six faces separately, and then count the amalgamation of the six as a seventh face in itself.

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    • unsubscriber 02/02/2016 / 11:46 am

      Ah, that would certainly explain the apparent anomaly. Great suggestion Lin, all the best x

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  3. Guy 03/02/2016 / 3:37 am


    I have to say I did not find Wandl terribly engaging even for a Cummings I found it a bit pulpish. I am glad you enjoyed it. I am looking forward to the Brunner/ Woodcott I have great hopes for it.

    All the best

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    • unsubscriber 03/02/2016 / 5:17 pm

      Sorry to hear you weren’t overly impressed by Wandl Guy, it was indeed rather pulpy but then I do enjoy that kind of read on a Sunday as evidenced by my previous run of Badgers. The Brunner/Woodcott novel took a different approach however so hopefully you’ll enjoy it. Lots more to come so do join me for more next week. All the best.


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