(David Bergen’s cover for the 1978 edition of Sea-Horse in the Sky (1969), Edmund Cooper)
Here’s Part II of my cover art series on the delightfully nebulous theme of mysterious spheres (Part I). I’ve selected a variety of spheres: including spheres elevated in the air (balloon representations of the sun? planets? large scale planetary orbit models?), spherical eggs hatching men?, alien warships, alien (and human) transportation devices, strange atomic technology, obvious Death Star ripoffs, fields littered with the perplexing shapes….
… and even the simple unadorned sphere held aloft to indicate the pure delight of mystery, or a mysterious planet waiting to be explored in the vastness of space.
I had no idea that David Bergen was capable of such fantastic cover art. His cover for Edmund Cooper’s Sea-Horse in the Sky embodies sheer wonder/utter mystery — I would desperately want to pick up that cover if I found it in a shop! (alas, I’ve found that Edmund Cooper’s works generally do not convey that sort of wonder).
The uncredited cover for the 1963 edition of Gateway to Tomorrow (1954) is also in the top tier of covers I’ve come across so far… And the uncredited cover for the 1980 issue of Michael Moorcock’s Behold the Man (1969) certainly makes the viewer behold the man!
What are your favorites?
(Uncredited cover for the 1971 edition of Digits and Dastards (1966), Frederik Pohl)
(Bruce Pennington’s cover for the 1980 edition of 3 to the Highest Power (1968), ed. William F. Nolan)
(Uncredited cover for the 1963 edition of Gateway to Tomorrow (1954), ed. John Carnell)
(Uncredited cover for the October 1967 issue of Amazing Stories)
(Uncredited cover for the 1980 edition of Behold the Man (1969), Michael Moorcock)
(Uncredited cover for the Fall 1951 issue of Fantastic Story Magazine)
(Leo Summers’ cover for the June 1969 issue of Analog Science Fiction/Science Fact)
(Uncredited cover for the 1956 edition of The Silver Locusts (variant title: The Martian Chronicles) (1950), Ray Bradbury)
(Virgil Finlay’s cover for the May 1942 issue of Super Science Stories)
(Howard V. Brown’s cover for the january 1940 issue of Thrilling Wonder Stories)
(Uncredited cover for the 1972 edition of The Eyes of the Overworld (1966), Jack Vance)
(Uncredited cover for the 1969 edition of The Evil That Men Do (1966), John Brunner and The Purloined Planet (1960), Lin Carter)
(Bernhard Borchert’s cover for the 1949 edition of Atomgewicht 550 (1935), Hans Dominik)
(Uncredited cover for the 1973 edition of Tomorrow is Too Far (1971), James White)
(Carl Lundgren’s cover for the 1982 edition of Where The Time Winds Blow (1981), Robert Holdstock)
(Gray Morrow’s cover for the November 1965 issue of If)
(Frank R. Paul’s cover for the December 1932 issue of Wonder Stories)
(Jack Gaughan’s cover for the 1968 edition of World’s Best Science Fiction: 1968 (1968), ed. Donald A. Wollheim and Terry Carr)
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