From The Library Of The Unsubscriber No.23, A Final Selection Of Cover Oddities

I’ve chosen several collections of bizarre and downright odd covers over the past three weeks now (here, here and here) but there’s always room for a few more on the pile I reckon. I have to say that I do have a bit of a soft spot for these kind of oddities and so have a variety of similar covers lurking in my library which may (or may not) surface at some other point.

Your thoughts on these cover designs are as ever encouraged and indeed wholeheartedly welcomed;

Echo Round His Bones by Thomas M. Disch
This version was published in 1979 by Panther Granada Books
The cover artist is Peter Goodfellow

Disch Echo Round His Bones

Turning On by Damon Knight
This version was published in 1969 by Sphere Books
The cover artist is uncredited

Knight Turning On

Watchers of the Dark by Lloyd Biggle Jr.
This version was published in 1970 by Panther Books
The cover artist is Ray Ginghofer

Biggle Watchers Of The Dark

The Two-Timers by Bob Shaw
This version was published in 1971 by Pan Books
The cover artist is uncredited

Shaw The Two-Timers

Caves Of Fear by Patricia Morton
This version was published in  1968 by Lancer Books
The cover artist is uncredited

Morton Caves Of Fear

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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

A Delivery From The U.S. Part Three

For the past two weeks I’ve been featuring books that were purchased through eBay from a rather splendid chap called Otis who resides in the U.S. (here & here). This week is the turn of the heavyweights amongst my final selection, four hardbacks.

I don’t often buy these particular versions of novels preferring instead the cheaper and more readily available paperback editions. There’s also much more in the way of choice of cover artwork too but when these four beautifully wrapped titles appeared on my iPad screen, I knew I’d have to buy them. Here they are then in all their glory, let me know your thoughts via the comments as always.

The Computer Connection by Alfred Bester
This version was published in 1975 by Berkley/Putnam Books
The cover artist is Richard Powers

The Computer Connection by Alfred Bester

The Best Of Leigh Brackett edited by Edmond Hamilton
This version was published in 1977 by Nelson Doubleday Books
The cover artist is Jack Woolhiser

The Best Of Leigh Brackett edited by Edmond Hamilton

Silence Is Deadly by Lloyd Biggle, Jr.
This version was published in 1977 by Doubleday Books
The cover artist is Emanuel Schongut

Silence Is Deadly by Lloyd Biggle, Jr.

Medusa’s Children by Bob Shaw
This version was published in 1979 by Doubleday Books
The cover artist is Michael Grumley

Medusa's Children by Bob Shaw

The Art Of The Sublime, Part Two

In the first part of this article (here) I spoke of my sometimes blinkered pursuit of underlying themes in cover artwork and a certain (partial) freedom from this in my ongoing series of open library posts. I still find myself connecting the artistic dots however and producing these thematically inclined articles. I can’t help myself, maybe I just have a deeply seated psychological aberration of some kind.

The whole point of this piece then was to simply ignore themes, connections or randomness and simply choose a series of covers whose artwork I would rate as outstanding. To me, These represent some of the best examples of period sci-fi cover art I have ever had the pleasure to come across. It’s perhaps worth noting here that I haven’t included any work by my favourite cover artist Richard Powers as he has been covered extensively elsewhere on this blog.

Enough of the waxing lyrical for now, what are your thoughts on my humble choices? What covers would you have selected for this list? You know where the comments are my friends…

Testament XXI by Guy Snyder
This version was published in 1973 by Daw Books
The cover artist is Kelly Freas
A somewhat Richard Powers styled rock formation looms in the foreground of this great Kelly Freas piece.

Snyder, Testament XXI

Born With The Dead – Robert Silverberg
This version was published in 1977 by Coronet Books
The cover artist is Jim Burns
I’m a sucker for the anatomical of course and this cover ticks all the right boxes for me.

Silverberg Born With The Dead

One Million Tomorrows by Bob Shaw
This version was published in 1971 by Ace Books
The cover artists are Leo Dillon and Diane Dillon
More gorgeous psychedelics from the Dillon camp.

Shaw One Million Tomorrows

The Mutants by Kris Neville
This version was published in 1966 by Belmont Books
The cover artist is uncredited
Once again, it’s hard to believe that such a stunning piece as this should be left uncredited.

Neville The Mutants

The Silent Speakers by Arthur Sellings
This version was published in 1965 by Panther Books
The cover artist is uncredited
Another scandalously uncredited piece of fantastic artwork.

Sellings The Silent Speakers

Asylum Earth by Bruce Elliott
This version was published in 1968 by Belmont Books
The cover artist is Jerome Podwil

Elliott Asylum Earth