Adventures in Science Fiction Cover Art: On the Doctor’s Table

(Ed Emshwiller’s cover for the 1962 edition of Recalled to Life (magazine publication 1958), Robert Silverberg)

The science fiction doctor’s table — a place of healing, a place of inhuman manipulation, unusual prosthetic limbs are attached, immortality conferred, brains are transfered, descending mechanical arms wield their scalpels, vast arenas expose the spectacle, a mad scientist’s altar for ritualistic modification/sacrifice in the name of science or personal gain (legions of super men, alien/human hybrids, etc)…

I LOVE Ed Emshwiller’s cover for the 1962 edition of Silverberg’s Recalled to Life (1958).  The book itself is suposed to be one of Silverberg’s weaker ones.  I have read Silverberg’s To Live Again (1969) — a work filled with interesting concepts which are sadly not sustained throughout.  Also, the continuous misogyny is painful to read…  Regardless, Paul Alexander’s cover for the 1978 edition is pretty good considering the standard late 70s fare.


(Chris Foss’ cover for the 1975 edition of Recalled to Life (magazine publication 1958), Robert Silverberg)

(Paul Alexander’s cover for the 1978 edition of To Live Again (1969), Robert Silverberg)

(Ed Valigursky’s cover for the 1958 edition of Tomorrow’s Gift (1958), Edmund Cooper)

(Gordon C. Davies cover for the 1954 edition of Time Drug (1954), Miles Casson)

(Roy G. Krenkel’s cover for the 1963 edition of The Master Mind of Mars (1927), Edgard Rice Burroughs)

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15 thoughts on “Adventures in Science Fiction Cover Art: On the Doctor’s Table

  1. Though it was more like a series of short stories than a novel, I enjoyed reading Ambulance Ship by James White. It was part of a long series of books called the Sector General series, though I never read those. It was interesting to read a book whose dramatic tension was medical in nature, rather than martial, even if the writing itself could use a lot of cleaning up.

  2. Don’t be too sure that the Emsh cover for the Lancer edition of “Recalled to Life” dates from 1962. That 75-cent cover price suggests an edition of 7-8 years later. If the book has a 1962 copyright date, then this copy is a reprint, and the original printing may have had a different cover.

  3. I read the first Sector General novel last year and enjoyed it. Fun premise of having an enormous alien hospital in space with a few recurring characters and a series of short stories focusing on different episodes in the hospital’s history. Worth checking out, and some of them have wonderful covers too.

    Like the Foss cover a lot.

    I haven’t read much Silverberg at all but am in the process right now of checking out his recently released collection of pulp sf stories, Hunt the Space-Witch!. Looking forward to it. His article’s in Asimov’s are always intriguing and I hope to enjoy his fiction.

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