So yesterday I took off from writing to Get Stuff Done. Bill paying, some items we need to order, contractors to be contacted (so far neither one called me back. Sigh), pet insurance to file, preparing my pension paperwork (the Pension Benefit Guarantee Corporation has take it over as Freedom News went belly up. Figured I’d better file before Republicans get rid of the PBGC). I got caught up on several such things that I’d fallen behind on. Plus I made rolls (using up the last of some buckwheat flour I’d bought) and pasta sauce (with pasta, but the sauce was the bigger deal). Oh, and I went to the dentist — one reason I picked today to goof off is that I always waste the first couple of writing hours after a doctor’s appointment.
So now I feel like goofing off, and not writing the deep, thoughtful blog post I’d planned for tomorrow so …
First an old paperback (60 cents. Sigh) by C. Gross.
Leo and Diane Dillon provide the cover for a great Clifford Simak novel
This one’s not great but it’s not bad. By Lou Feck.
And one by Paul Lahr. Love the cover, though the one John Boyd book I’ve read (Last Starship From Earth) was disappointing (though as my tastes have changed, perhaps I’d think otherwise now).
As always, all rights to the covers reside with the current holders.
Because I’ve been successfully posting every day for a while now, I can’t bring myself not to. However I’m also quite wiped, so this will be a brief cover-art post.
First we have Gervasio Gallardo’s cover for Sanders Anne Laubenthal’s Excalibur, which I reread recently (review will follow soon).
Then we have Gray Morrow’s cover for one of Thomas Burnett Swann’s mythological fantasies.
Lou Feck did this one.
And here’s a comic-book cover by Ruben Moreira in the Stupid Fool, Why Don’t You Believe The Absurd Superstition category.
All rights to images reside with current holders.
First we have this great Superman cover from Nick Cardy:
Then an absolutely amazing Buy This NOW! cover by Curt Swan.
Operation Kid Brother (AKA OK Connery) isn’t much of a Bond riff, but I do love that poster.
Here we have the incomparable Powers (Joseph Payne Brennan is a good writer, too).
And one by Richard Brillhart
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Cover by Attila Heija. I find it oddly gripping.
Typically far-out Powers art.
I hate covers that are just people staring at me, but this one works.
The catchphrase above the title is classic.
Good imagery, if grim.
One by Kelly Freas.
And a creepy one by Mitchell Hooks.
Artists are uncredited if not specifically named. All rights to images remain with current holders.
I cannot seem to focus on blogging this week, so I’m going heavy on images, light on text.
Julius Schwartz, editor of DC’s Mystery in Space and Strange Adventures was a master at picking covers that would hook readers. Often one of the artists would come up with an idea which Schwartz and the writer would shape into a story. So here are some eyecatching examples.
A Gil Kane cover—
And Kane again—
And a similar idea, but without a human POV character (Murphy Anderson this time)
A classic gorilla cover by Kane
And Nicholas Cardy doing a gorilla from when Strange Adventures was a reprint book (I prefer it to the original).
Anderson again. Confused aliens generated a lot of fun stories for the Schwartz anthology books.
Gil Kane does another set of confused aliens
While Murphy Anderson does an updated cover for the reprint
And here’s one by Kane that really screams Buy Me Now!
Mine was Saturday, and as usual, a quiet one. Which is not a complaint.
For a long time, due to the schedules of the people I hung with (and the fact one of them had a birthday two weeks earlier), I never actually celebrated on my birthday. It was always earlier. Over time, I’d grown to hate that. So being able to celebrate on the day, with my wife, is pretty cool for me. We snuggled, I chilled and read, chilled and watched a movie (we caught Logan Sunday) and went out to dinner at Sage, my favorite restaurant.
For my birthday gift, TYG got me exactly what I’d asked for: the test from ancestry.com to find out my genetic background. It just arrived in the mail, and I’m looking forward to it.
Next year, when I hit the big 6-0, I intend to do something bigger to mark the passage of time. But for 59? My birthday was good.
And while it has nothing to do with my birthday, here’s a cool book cover, based on the Westworld poster (all rights to image reside with current holder). The book isn’t a novel, just Crichton’s script for the film, which he wrote and directed.
Carrie Fisher’s passing prompted Timothy Anderson to capture the original trilogy as old-school paperbacks:
Then we have What If Salvador Dali Did A Cover For Keith Laumer?
I like this one. No relation to Alas Babylon.
A mystery novel.
One by Powers, more realistic than his usual work.
His usual work.
All rights remain with current copyright holders. If I didn’t name the artist, it’s uncredited.