(Cover for the 1972 edition of Plunder (1972), Ron Goulart)
The covers of Vincent Di Fate (1945-) often evoke a Terry Gilliam-esque romp — for example, Ron Goulart’s Plunder — a lone facade and a house dot a purple and green plain, mountains emerge in the distance, planets pepper the sky, a head floats ominously, a bizarre reptilian creature in a boatie rides an antique bicycle. I desperately want to know if it’s a scene from the book. If so, I’m tracking down a copy!
Vincent Di Fate’s work graced a few of the great works of the genre — Farmer’s To Your Scattered Bodies Go and The Dark Design, Herbert’s Dune, Dune Messiah, and Children of Dune. But generally, he designed the covers of the lesser known works of the famous authors — for example, Simak’s Cemetery World, Van Vogt’s The Man With a Thousand Names, and Niven and Gerrold’s The Flying Sorcerers.
Here’s an illustrative selection of his best from the early 1970s. Enjoy!
(as always, are the books worth reading? — I’ve read Shaw’s Ground Zero Man, Herbert’s The Godmakers, and Farmer’s To Your Scattered Bodies Go)
(Cover for the 1974 edition of The Man with a Thousand Names (1974), A. E. Van Vogt)
(Cover for the 1972 edition of Timetracks (1972), Keith Laumer)
(Cover for the 1972 edition of The Flying Sorcerers (serialized 1970), Larry Niven and David Gerrold)
(Cover for the 1971 edition of Ground Zero Man (1971), Bob Shaw)
(Cover for the 1972 edition of The Godmakers (1972), Frank Herbert)
(Cover for the 1971 edition of Death Cell (1971), Rob Goulart)
(Cover for the 1973 edition of To Your Scattered Bodies Go (1971), Philip José Farmer)
(Cover for the 1973 edition of The Orchid Cage (1973), Herbert W. Franke)
(Cover for 1973 edition of Cemetery World (serialized 1972), Clifford D. Simak)