(Barclay Shaw’s cover for the 1987 edition of Texas Triumphant (1987), Daniel da Cruz)
I’m a Texan, well, not really (born/raised for a substantial part of my life in Virginia), but whatever, I’m a Texan. I’ve worked on a ranch, went to high school with a 600 square mile rural district twenty miles from my house, goats grazed in front of the school, high school football was everything, our band director stole band equipment (the year before I was in band) because all the school money went to said football team… But, I’m now that I think about it I’m not actually a Texan — oh wait, I did go to the University of Texas at Austin. Well, regardless I don’t own a gun, go tubing drunk down the Guadeloupe River, didn’t (well couldn’t) vote for Bush, never went to a college football game, and don’t barbecue, or ride horses. But I confess, do like the state and want to go back.
Nor would I ever write/read science fiction about Texas — the topic of today’s bad science fiction art post.
I dare not ask what compelled Daniel da Cruz to write this series — I desperately hope they are satires.
And the art (above): LOOK, TEXAS DEFEATS THE COMMUNISTS! THE CLOUDS PART FOR TEXAS!
These are less egregious but equally silly. Can you imagine being commissioned to make the covers for this series?
(Ralph Brillhart’s cover for the 1988 edition of The Ayes of Texas (1982), Daniel da Cruz)
(Barclay Shaw’s cover for the 1982 edition of Texas on the Rocks (1982), Daniel da Cruz)
Oh, and some evil Texans stealing the president/declaring independence….
(Dean Ellis’ cover for the 1974 edition of Texas-Israeli War: 1999 (1974), Howard Waldrop and Jake Saunders)
For similar posts consult the Adventures in Science Fiction Cover Art INDEX.