Updates: Recent Science Fiction Acquisitions No. LVI (Herbert + Pohl + Kornbluth + Harrison + Wouk)

More Christmas gifts and winter break purchases….

Another Herbert non-Dune novel with a great vat baby fetus cover by the indomitable Lehr…

Another Pohl + Kornbluth 50s satire about worlds sunk into savage degeneration….

A lesser known illustrated utopian space fable by the Pulitzer Prize winning Herman Wouk…  I really have no idea what to expect from this one.

And an alternate history sci-fi adventure by Harry Harrison.

1.  Tunnel Through the Deeps (variant title: A Transatlantic Tunnel, Hurrah!), Harry Harrison (1972)

(Richard Powers’ cover for the 1974 edition)

From the back cover: “A Transatlantic Tunnel, Hurrah!  The time is 1970’s — sort of.  The place is Earth — in a way.  The project: build a tunnel from England to her colonies in America, under the Atlantic Ocean!  Captain Gus Washington, engineer extraordinary, wrestles with awesome problems to complete the tunnel and redeem his family’s name.  For Gus is the direct descendant of the famous traitor of long ago, George Washington, who led a failed rebellion in the 1700’s.”

2. Search the Sky, Frederik Pohl and C. M. Kornbluth (1954)

(Richard Powers’ cover for the 1954 edition)

From the back cover of a different edition: “Dep in space in a universe gone mad.  Ross took on the field assignment for a lark.  But the routine business trip catapulted him into a brain-blasting mission to a galaxy of alien worlds:  A utopia ruled by ancients where youth was the greatest sin.  A society dominated by savage Amazons where being male was the lowest crime.  A coin operated wasteland where the prime law was conformity.  Tomorrow’s terrifying marketplace where one man bargained for humanity’s fate.”

3. The “Lomokome” Papers, Herman Wouk (written 1949 according the intro but not published until 1956)

(Harry Bennett’s cover for the 1974 edition)

From the back cover of a different edition: “As in The Caine Mutiny, which won him the Pulitzer Prize, Herman Wouk again writes of the Navy — but in a startling new way.  Here is the eerily realistic account of a naval lieutenant’s expedition to the moon — and his strange encounter with its inhabitants.  But more than a “log” of life on the moon, this fantastic tale of space travel reads today like a dramatic prophecy of things about to happen — not only out in space, but also here on earth!”

4. The Eyes of Heisenberg, Frank Herbert (1966) (MY REVIEW)

(Paul Lehr’s cover for the 1970 edition)

From the back cover: “Gene Scheme.  Public Law 10927 was clear and direct.  Parents were permitted to watch the genetic alterations of their gametes by skilled surgeons… only no one ever requested it.  When Lizabeth and Harvey Durant decided to invoke the Law; when Dr. Potter did not rearrange the most unusual genetic structure of their future son, barely an embryo growing the State’s special vat — the consequences of these decisions threatened to be catastrophic.  For never before had anyone dared to defy the Rulers’ decrees… and if They found out, it was well known that the price of disobedience was the extermination of the human race…”

15 Replies to “Updates: Recent Science Fiction Acquisitions No. LVI (Herbert + Pohl + Kornbluth + Harrison + Wouk)”

    1. I’m very confused about when he actually wrote it. In the intro to the book it says 1949, the copyright is 1956 and the book was actually published in the 60s…. However, on wikipedia it says 1947…. So who knows, late 40s written 60s published I guess.

      1. That would be interesting.

        I guess I shouldn’t be shocked that he wrote it, there’s plenty of so called mainstream authors who have written sci-fi, it’s really the quality of the cover that is surprising considering who the author is.

  1. The cover artist of the Wouk, Harry Bennett, died just last month at the age of 89. He did a bunch of Westlake`s Parker/`Richard Stark` covers. My personal favorite of his is for Niven/Pournelle`s Inferno, which I got when I was a kid, inpart because it reminded me of the creepy paintings on the TV show Night Gallery. The Wouk cover was repurposed before or after this appearance, though I can`t recall the book it was re-used for.

      1. I haven’t read it. But I’ve read other Harrison stuff, it tends to be somewhat satirical, even ‘Make Room, Make Room!’ has at least some humor. It just seems as though the other title would seem to fit his style better.

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