Adventures in Science Fiction Cover Art: Futuristic Telescopes and Radar Dishes
August 20, 2013 § 10 Comments
(Brian Lewis’ cover for the July 1960 edition of New Worlds Science Fiction)
Brian Lewis’ fantastic cover for the July 1960 edition of New Worlds Science Fiction (if there’s a single magazine I desperately want to collect it’s this one…) depicts a futuristic radar dish (alien or human?) with a surrealist touch. I’ve included a wide range of different SF takes on radar dishes and telescopes – including what I assume is a Hubble-like space telescope on A. Leslie Ross’ cover for the July 1952 issue of Future Science Fiction. But there’s a chance that Ross’ telescope is on the Earth’s surface — the cluttered, confused, and rather hasty cover is rather hard to figure out (evil string creatures?).
The futuristic telescope (or radar dish) is a tantalizing image of humankind peering at the worlds beyond his own — either looking for astronomical features or listening for messages from space.
I’ve tried to avoid large guns that look like telescopes but, not having read all the stories in these issues, it’s often hard to tell whether the objects are for blasting alien spaceships or observing the stars. A few covers might have contraptions that are for an altogether different purpose….
What are your favorites?
You’re welcome to provide covers that I might have missed — I scoured my image collection and don’t seem to have any more on the theme at the moment.
(Brian Lewis’ cover for the October 1951 issue of New Worlds Science Fiction)
(James Stark’s cover for the May 1957 issue of Nebula Science Fiction)
(Frank R. Paul’s cover for the January 1941 issue of Comet)
(Sidney Solomon’s cover for the 1950 edition of The Best Science Fiction Stories: 1950, ed. Everett F. Bleiler and T. E. Dikty)
(Hubert Roger’s cover for the September 1941 issue of Astounding Science-Fiction)(William Timmins’ cover for the April 1946 issue of Astounding Science-Fiction)
(Uncredited cover for the 1974 edition of The Listeners (1968), James E. Gunn)
(Rick Binkley’s cover for the 1958 edition of Fire in the Heavens (1949), George O. Smith)
(Curt Caesar’s cover for the Time Trap (1949), Rog Phillips)
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