Adventures in Science Fiction Cover Art: Underwater Expeditions (futuristic submarines, unusual sea life, underwater cities) Part I
May 20, 2012 § 18 Comments
(Paul Lehr’s cover for the 1968 edition of Conquerors from the Darkness (1965), Robert Silverberg)
A cornucopia of underwater sci-fi cover art images! As always, Paul Lehr’s covers are among my favorite for he masterfully renders the green-blue depths and textures of water inundated worlds (especially above, Conquerers from the Darkness). Watery worlds evoke unusual underwater life, a place fraught with danger where humans and aliens meet, unusual cityscapes (domes, water impervious shields, a plethora of transport craft) and of course, the vehicles for transportation (for example below, the futuristic submarine in Treasure of the Black Flacon and 21st Century Submarine, etc) evoke the same giddy sense of adventure as when first reading Jules Verne’s Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea (1870) or watching Richard Fleischer’s surprisingly good 1954 film adaptation of the novel.
There are countless films, sci-fi TV shows, novels, short stories on the subject. This is but a minute sampling of covers from 50s-early 90s. I’ll have a part II up in the next few months….
I’ve read the prequel to T. J. Bass’ The Godwhale, Half Past Human (1971) and was unimpressed, so I probably won’t read it any time soon. White’s The Watch Below (1966) was a flawed but inventive and enjoyable read. I’ve not read the others and any comments about their readability would be greatly appreciated!
(Paul Lehr’s cover for the 1974 edition of The Godwhale (1974), T. J. Bass)
(Dean Ellis’ cover for the 1972 edition of The Watch Below (1966), James White)
(Uncredited cover for the 1967 edition of Treasure of the Black Falcon (1967), John Coleman Burroughs)
(Gino D’Achille’s cover for the 1971 edition of Undersea City (1958), Frederik Pohl and Jack Williamson)
(Lloyd Birmingham’s cover for the January 1961 issue of Analog Science Fact)
(Ken Fagg’s cover for the January 1954 issue of If, Worlds of Science Fiction)
(Art Sussman’s cover for the 1956 edition of 21st Century Sub (variant title: Under Pressure; The Dragon in The Sea) (1956), Frank Herbert)
(John Schoenherr’s cover for the 1967 edition of The Dragon in the Sea (variant title: Under Pressure; 21st Century Sub) (1956), Frank Herbert)
(Dean Ellis’ cover for the 1978 edition of Attack from Atlantis (1953), Lester Del Rey)
(Uncredited cover for the 1963 edition of They Found Atlantis (1936), Dennis Wheatley)
(Uncredited cover for the 1953 edition of They Found Atlantis (1936), Dennis Wheatley)
(Mel Hunter’s cover for the February 1956 edition of If, Worlds of Science Fiction)
(Gerald Grace’s cover for the 1983 edition of A Transatlantic Tunnel, Hurrah! (variant title: Tunnel Through the Deeps) (1974), Harry Harrison)
(Gordon C. Davies’ cover for the 1976 edition of A Transatlantic Tunnel, Hurrah! (variant title: Tunnel Through the Deeps) (1974), Harry Harrison)
(Wayne Douglas Barlowe’s cover for the 1991 edition of A Transatlantic Tunnel, Hurrah! (variant title: Tunnel Through the Deeps) (1974), Harry Harrison)