Stanley Kubrick’s iconic baby in a balloon image at the end of his film 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) spawned a handful of intriguing cosmic fetus science fiction covers. Even the famous artist Paul Lehr crafted perhaps the most artistically interesting version for Frank Herbert’s novel, The Eyes of Heisenberg. Other artists, for example the uncredited creator of The Adam Experiment‘s cover, render incredibly hokey + spooky rip-offs. Because I’ve found only a few on this particular theme I’ve included a variety of other baby related covers — hovering baby heads in space, mini-holograms of babies, adult men in uterine spaces, and babies in artificial wombs à la Huxley’s Brave New World (1931).
I suspect there are more out there (especially of the floating baby head variety) but I’ve only recently started looking for covers on this theme. As always, if you happen to know any more I’d love to make a part II. I have a follow up post on spectral adult humans floating across the cosmic wastes in spheres or dazzlings cascades of “glitter” (a more snazzy title will be conjured eventually) in the works…. Perhaps, their stoned parents….
(Still from Stanley Kubrick’s 1968 film 2001: A Space Odyssey)
(Uncredited cover for the 1983 edition of The Eyes of Heisenberg (1966), Frank Herbert)
(Ed Emshwiller’s cover for the September 1952 issue of The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction)
(Uncredited cover for the 1975 edition of Backdrop of Stars (1968), ed. Harry Harrison)
(Uncredited cover for the 1979 edition of The Adam Experiment (1978), Geoffrey Simmons)
(W. F. Phillipps’ cover for the 1970 edition of Windows on the Future (1966), ed. Douglas Hill)
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