Adventures in Science Fiction Cover Art: Planetary Rovers + Exploration Craft + Transport Vehicles of the Future

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(Alex Schomburg’s cover for the November 1964 issue of Amazing Science Fiction and Fact)

I’ve put together a vast assortment of futuristic planetary transport vehicles — high tech lunar rovers, personal levitating (by mysterious forces) transport craft  glorified cargo tractors, self-propelling robotic brains, large exploration vehicles trekking across vast alien landscapes… Due to the subject matter the art tends to be in the more realistic vein — à la the classic art of Chelsey Bonestell, Alex Schomburg, and other greats.  The Paul Lehr’s cover for Robert Heinlein’s Farmer in the Sky (1950) adds a nice fantastical take on the subject.

I found that Chelsey Bonestell’s cover for the April 1955 issue of The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, Dean Ellis’ cover for the 1971 edition of Star Light (1971), and especially Ed Valigursky’s cover for the October 1958 issue of If best convey the overpowering wonder of exploring new territory — the rugged landscapes, the dangers, the expanses…

Brian Lewis’ cover for the 1961 issue of Science Fiction Adventures and the August-September 1959 issue of New Worlds Science Fiction) are evocative in a more mundane way — the daily work for a new settlement.

What are your favorites?

Enjoy!

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(Chelsey Bonestell’s cover for the April 1955 issue of The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction)

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(Chris Foss’ cover for the 1975 edition of Total Eclipse (1974), John Brunner)

(Alex Schomburg’s cover for the 1954 edition of Trouble on Titan (1954), Alan E. Nourse)

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(Ed Valigursky’s cover for the 1967 edition of Trouble on Titan (1954), Alan E. Nourse)

(Curt Caesar’s cover for the 1955 edition of Trouble on Titan (1954), Alan E. Nourse)

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(C. Stewart’s cover for the 1956 edition of The Robot Brains (1956), Sydney J. Bounds)

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(Dean Ellis’ cover for the 1971 edition of Star Light (1971), Hal Clement)

(Brian Lewis’ cover for the 1961 issue of Science Fiction Adventures No. 23)

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(Ed Emshwiller’s cover for the 1961 edition of Moon of Mutiny (1961), Lester del Rey)

(Dean Ellis’ cover for the 1977 edition of Moon of Mutiny (1961), Lester del Rey)

(David B. Mattingly’s cover for the 1982 edition of Moon of Mutiny (1961), Lester del Rey)

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(Uncredited cover for the 1970 edition of The Permanent Implosion (variant title: Analog 4) (1966), ed. John W. Campbell)

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(Ed Valigursky’s cover for the October 1958 issue of If)

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(Gordon C. Davies’ cover for the 1957 edition of Earthlight (1955), Arthur C. Clarke)

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(Ed Emshwiller’s cover for the 1958 edition of City on the Moon (1957), Murray Leinster)

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(Brian Lewis’ cover for the August-September 1959 issue of New Worlds Science Fiction)

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(Paul Lehr’s cover for the 1950 edition of Farmer in the Sky (1950), Robert A. Heinlein)

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(Uncredited cover for the 1967 edition of Farmer in the Sky (1950), Robert A. Heinlein)

(E. L. Blandford’s cover for the November 1956 issue of Authentic Science Fiction)

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(Peter Elson’s cover for A Martian Odyssey and Other Stories (numerous variant titles) (1977), Stanley G. Weinbaum)

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(Vincente Segrelles’ cover for the 1978 edition of Alpha 9 (1978), ed. Robert Silverberg)

(Gordon C. Davies’ cover for the 1982 edition of The Sands of Mars (1951), Arthur C. Clarke)

(Bruce Pennington’s cover for the 1977 edition of Look Back to the Earth (1977), Donald J. Pfeil)

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15 Replies to “Adventures in Science Fiction Cover Art: Planetary Rovers + Exploration Craft + Transport Vehicles of the Future”

      1. I love it that you have a favorite phallic cover! Though Powers’ cover is pretty good, the two at the bottom are cowering away from the explosive might of the phallic at hand. And that Carnell (carnal?) book… much too blatant for my tastes.

  1. Last year I stood with Look Back To Earth in my hand for like 5 minutes at a Half-Price Books, trying to decide if I should buy it or not. I finally put it back on the spinner rack.

  2. There are elements to almost all of these that I like. I am especially interested in the works by Ed Valigursky. I have no doubt you’ve featured his work before but this is the first time the name jumped out at me as someone I need to take a look at.

  3. Some stunning; others from artists who should be stunned (electrically, with mains current).

    I love the Chris Foss 1975 Toyota Hi-Ace van with collapsed wheelbase! Brian Lewis’ 1961 JCB digger-with-goldfish-bowl is a chuckle.Elson’s 1977 Martian Odyssey looks to owe more to fact than to fiction, and it’s all the better for that.

    Not sure about the Barbara Cartland-esque cover for The Robot Brains though!

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