(Cover for the 1967 edition of Extrapolasis (1967), Alexander Malec)
Between 1965 and 1971, the husband-and-wife team Donald Crews and Ann Jonas created a handful of fascinating minimalistic and diagrammatic covers for Doubleday. I should note that their cover for the 1966 edition of Nebula Award Stories 1965 (1966), ed. Damon Knight was reused in different colors for multiple Nebula anthologies (1967, 1971, 1971). Thus, their new covers for Doubleday appeared only (to the best of my knowledge) in a two-year span from 1965 and 1967.
A while back I explored the idea of the diagram (maps, brain/skull size, molecules, orbits) in SF art. Donald and Ann Crews take the diagram in more minimalistic directions—what they might indicate, if anything at all, is purposefully abstract into pattern. For example, my favorite—created for the the 1967 edition of Alexander Malec’s collection Extrapolasis (1967)—connects a series of tight spirals of carrying shapes, almost indicating short stories linked by shared themes and ideas. Some are reduced entirely to pattern, for example, the 1965 edition of Three by Heinlein (1965), Robert A. Heinlein.
On the whole they transfix and intrigue. I wish Doubleday used more of their art!
What are your favorites?
Previous installments of my Adventures in Science Fiction Cover Art pseudo-series on Doubleday.
3. An interview with Emanuel Schongut is on the horizon. Stay tuned.
Complete INDEX of SF art posts here.
(Cover for the 1966 edition of The Best from Fantasy and Science Fiction: Fifteenth Series (1966), ed. Edward L. Ferman)
(Cover for the 1965 edition of Three by Heinlein (1965), Robert A. Heinlein)
(Cover for the 1967 edition of The Best from Fantasy and Science Fiction: 16th Series (1967), ed. Edward L. Ferman)