Adventures in Science Fiction Art: Spacewomen of the Future (flying spaceships + exploring alien landscapes + delivering galactic mail), Part II
August 27, 2013 § 23 Comments
(Ed Emshwiller’s cover for the February 1953 issue of Space Stories, ed. Samuel Mines)
Part II of my Spacewomen of the Future series – Part I.
In my first installment I discussed the stereotype of the 40s/50s SF pulp heroine — for example, she shrieks at the evil alien while the man has to rescue her or despite her education, she spends her time serving the men coffee on the spaceship (there’s a cringeworthy scene along these lines in It! The Terror From Beyond Space (1958), dir. Edward L. Cahn). Hopefully these cover art depictions will complicate the stereotype. Of course, I have not read all the contents of magazines/novels bellow so I can not speak for the portrayals within the texts. In the stories they could potentially be astronauts in the service, scientists, civilian love interests, colonists, partners of the male astronauts, etc…
I have somewhat arbitrarily decided for thematic reasons that “Spacewomen” is a woman in a space uniform of the future or space suit. Considering how much SF from the era I’ve read where there are explicitly NO women in the service, Ed Emshwiller’s cover for the June 1954 issue of Future Science Fiction and the February 1953 issue of Space Stories where the women are clearly in the same uniforms as the men in control rooms/exploring planets is refreshing.
Likewise, in Robert Gibson Jones’ cover for the August 1951 issue of Amazing Stories and Rudolph Belarski’s cover for the January 1942 issue of Starling Stories women are actively participating in defeating enemies by flying the spacecraft — i.e. not shrieking etc…. I have many more examples along these lines in Part I.
What are your favorites?
(Ed Emshwiller’s cover for the June 1956 issue of Fantastic Universe, ed. Leo Margulies)
(Robert Gibson Jones’ cover for the August 1951 issue of Amazing Stories, ed. Howard Browne)
(Ed Emshwiller’s cover for the June 1954 issue of Future Science Fiction, ed. Robert A. W. Lowndes)
(Brian Lewis’ cover for the April 1958 issue of New Worlds Science Fiction, ed. John Carnell)
(Ed Emswhiller’s cover for the March 1957 issue of Science Fiction Stories, ed. Robert A. W. Lowndes)
(Leo Morey’s cover for the January 1941 issue of Super Science Stories, ed. Frederik Pohl)
(Leo Morey’s cover for the May 1941 issue of Super Science Stories, ed. Frederik Pohl)
(Earle Bergley’s cover for the August 1948 issue of Thrilling Wonder Stories, ed. Sam Merwin, Jr.)
(Walter Hortens’ cover for the February 1965 issue of Analog Science Fiction Science Fact, ed. John W. Campbell Jr.)
(H. W. Perl’s amateur cover for the No. 1 1946 issue of Futuristic Stories, ed. Dennis H. Pratt)
(Alvaro’s cover for the 1962 edition of The Voice From Baru (1962), Tom Wade)
(Nicholas Solovioff’s cover for the March 1955 issue of The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, ed. Anthony Boucher)
(Uncredited cover for the 1977 edition of The Men in the Jungle (1967), Norman Spinrad)
(Rudolph Belarski’s cover for the January 1942 issue of Starling Stories, ed. Oscar J. Friend)
(Milton Luros’ cover for the November 1950 issue of Future Combined with Science Fiction Stories, ed. Robert A. W. Lowndes)
(Ed Valigursky’s cover for the 1960 edition of The Secret Martians (1960), Jack Sharkey)
(H. R. Van Dongen’s cover for the Vol. 2 No. 1 1953 issue of Space Science Fiction, ed. Lester DEl Rey)
(Ed Emswhiller’s cover for the August 1959 issue of Super-Science Fiction, ed. W. W. Scott)
(Uncredited cover for the 1953 edition of Venusian Adventure (1953), E. C. Tubb)
(Hannes Bok’s cover for the August 1951 issue of Marvel Science Fiction, Robert O. Erisman)
(Uncredited cover for the 1982 edition of The Divine Invasion (1981), Philip K. Dick)
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