(Ed Valigursky’s cover for the 1957 edition of Eye in the Sky (1957), Philip K. Dick)
Inspired by Ed Valigursky’s stunning cover for the 1957 edition of Philip K. Dick’s early novel Eye in the Sky (1957), I kept on the lookout for novels with similar disembodied eyes (floating, gazing with menacing presence at fearful scurrying forms arrayed below). I discovered that it was a common theme — sci-fi artists use eyes to illustrate otherworldly (alien, spiritual) presence, big brother-esque governmental control, inhuman powers… Few equal the true presence of Ed Valigursky’s cover but are fascinating nevertheless.
Many years ago I read Eye in the Sky but remember little. I was intrigued but not blown away by Simak’s Way Station (below). Dr. Futurity (below) is waiting to be read on my shelf and I adored The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch (below). The uncredited cover for The Three Stigmata is in my top ten covers! Does anyone know the artist?
Are the others worth reading?
(Kelly Freas’ cover for the 1968 edition of Eye in the Sky (1957), Philip K. Dick)
(Ed Valigursky’s cover for the 1960 edition of Dr. Futurity (1960), Philip K. Dick)
(Leo Manso’s cover for the January 1953 issue of Avon Science Fiction and Fantasy Reader)
(Uncredited cover for the 1975 edition of Way Station (1963), Clifford D. Simak)
(Earle Bigley’s cover for the 1950 edition of The Big Eye (1949), Max Ehrlich)
(Uncredited cover for the 1969 edition of The Iron Thorn (1967), Algis Budrys)
(Uncredited cover for the 1963 edition of The Mind Cage (1957), A. E. Van Vogt)
(Uncredited cover for the 1970 edition of The Ticking is in Your Head (1969), Leonard Daventry)
(Uncredited cover for the 1966 edition of The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch (1965), Philip K. Dick)
(Paul Lehr’s cover for the 1973 edition of Nine Tomorrows (1959), Isaac Asimov)
(Uncredited cover for the 1968 edition of Pyschogeist (1966), L. P. Davies)
(Everett Raymond Kinstler’s cover for the 1961 edition of No Place Like Earth (1952), ed. John Carnell)
(Hubert Rogers’ cover for the January 1949 issue of Astounding Science Fiction)
(Uncredited cover for the 1973 edition of The Sky Is Falling (1963), Lester Del Rey)
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