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Strange Adventures for a Friday morning

Art by Murphy Anderson

The cover that started DC’s gorilla-cover trend. Art by J. Winslow Mortimer.

Art by Gil Kane

Murphy Anderson again. Trixie could totally handle saving the world.

Gil Kane on another gorilla cover.

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Let’s science! SF covers and science links

Images and links have no relation to each other, in case you were wondering.

(Art by Schinella)

A prominent lab generated multiple research studies whose conclusions (kids will eat fruit if you just put a sticker of Elmo on it!) went viral. It appears they got the results by fudging data a lot.

The Stanford prison experiment showed that people given the power to abuse others will use it. Except it doesn’t hold up.

(Art uncredited)

Companies are embedding microchips in employees. With their consent, so far anyway.

(Earl Bergey)

How much does culture affect psychology?

(Uncredited)

Private space launches are now competing for aerospace with plane flights.

Meet the tardigrates, Earth’s most indestructible animal.

(Powers)

Lots of information now lies in programs so old they’re no longer readable, or on CD-Roms. Researchers hope to develop a universal virtual computer that can read them.

Rich people’s interest in the future of technology? Surviving while the world dies.

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Cover images for Tuesday morning

Art is uncredited but I like the montage here. And wow, paperbacks for a quarter!

Next one’s from Kelly Freas.

Art for this one is uncredited. Wow, prices are up to 50 cents!

Kevin E. Johnson provides one from the 1970s. $2.95 now!

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Selling paperbacks with sex

Paperbacks for a long time were considered a little bit dirty.

As Two-Bit Culture by Kenneth Davis explains it, because they were cheap compared to hardbacks (just check out the prices below) they often took on risque material respectable publishers wouldn’t soil their fingers with. They’d also sell non-risque material by slapping on a sexy cover. In the film The Seven Year Itch, the protagonist’s publishing firm is reissuing Little Women as Secrets of a Girl’s Dormitory, with a cover bursting with nubile young beauties in negligees. I haven’t actually read Little Women but I’m pretty sure the image did not represent the spirit of the book.

So in that spirit, here are some paperback covers (and one pulp) inviting readers to ogle. First one in the classic “isn’t it lucky her hair fell right over the nipples” genre, artist uncredited. I’ve read another book in the same series, they’re actually enjoyable.

Next, one by Casey Jones in the category (based on what I could learn of the book) of “make it look much, much sexier than the contents.”

Third, a much classier one by Lawrence. I have no idea what the cover is about or why there’s a giant cat (or shrunken people).

Back to less than classy, with this Tom Miller image. I don’t know the contents, but it looks like the kind of once-edgy material only a paperback publisher would put out.

Here’s one by Robert McGinnis screaming Bad Girl Within.

And here’s one that conveys S-E-X with much less skin. Of course with that kind of “tell them what they’re getting up front” title, who needs it? I don’t know the artist.

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Assorted paperback covers because why not?

First a typically weird Richard Powers image. No, for Powers that’s actually fairly mundane.

Here Earle Bergey shows Big Planetary Brother is watching you.

Next, one by Gaughan that I think nicely invokes a feel of “struggling humans against overwhelming alien force.”

Fourth, a crime cover by James Meese. Grabs the eye, doesn’t it?

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Anthology covers for Thursday morning

First one, by Mitchell Hooks. Lewis Padgett was a pen-name for C.L. Moore, Henry Kuttner and Moore/Kuttner writing together.

Charles Binger does one for John Collier’s remarkable short-story collection.

Uncredited art for a Ray Bradbury collection

Those come from the school of “try and capture images of all the stories” Here’s one that goes for a single image, by Richard Jones

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This morning, the apocalypse!

As captured on book covers, anyway.

Some say the world will end in fire—

Some say in ice.

Nobody, however, said the world would end crushed by a giant monster until this Kirby cover.

I haven’t read We Who Survived. Alas, Babylon was part of ninth-grade (I think) English, the curriculum’s minor concession to SF (it’s a reasonably realistic look at post-WW III survival, and I quite enjoyed it). I can’t say I have any enthusiasm for those 1950s/early 1960s Marvel monster stories, but they do have cool covers.

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Some pulp covers for your amusement

Just got back from South Carolina yesterday (details later in the week) so no time to post anything thoughtful.

This one by Earl Bergey looks a little odd — the creature’s expression looks almost apologetic about disturbing the humans.

This one by Bergey’s a bit better

Uncredited art but I think it’s effective.

Here’s one by Walter Popp to wrap things up

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For today, a quote and a cover

 

I heard the quote on Sirius’ Broadway Channel last night, from the musical [title of show] (yes, that’s the title): “I’d rather be nine people’s favorite thing than a hundred people’s ninth favorite thing.”

As a writer that’s not a bad goal to shoot for. I’m not sure it’s a practical career goal (if the hundred people all buy my book, option B is probably more profitable) but even so, something about the sentiment clicks with me.

The cover is by Leo and Diane Dillon for Avram Davidson’s fantasy about the Roman poet Virgil, re-imagined in medieval legend as sorcerer Virgil Magus. I’m not a fan of Davidson, a stylized writer whose style I find very off-putting. This book was the best of those I read, and the cover captures its rather quirky tone. Plus it’s a neat image in its own right.

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Because I love to show cool cover art, that’s why.

So here’s Powers’ cover for Ballard’s The Drowned World, much beloved by Madonna

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