(Karel Thole’s cover for the 1962 edition of Starman’s Quest (1958), Robert Silverberg)
Some of my favorite cover art posts over the last two years were on the theme of cities — Elevated Cities (Part I, Part II), Domed Cities (Part I, Part II, Part III), Doomed Cities (Part I, Part II, Part III), and Ice-Covered Cities. I’m starting a new series on science fiction cities — The City on the Horizon — I already have two additional posts lined up on the theme.
The City on the Horizon — a glimmer of hope for beleaguered travelers, an beacon of habitation of an unknown civilization on an alien world, an organic mass rising from the desert sands, or a refuge of the ultra wealthy rising majestic from a slum… The possibilities are limitless…
I found so many great covers on the theme. My favorite cover — by the Dutch sci-fi illustrator Karel Thole’s cover for the 1962 edition of Starman’s Quest (1958), Robert Silverberg) — depicts the city undulating across the horizon, yet, tantalizingly undefined … our voyager pauses and takes in the sight. As always, Richard Powers’ covers are also incredibly evokative — in particular, the 1958 edition of Three Times Infinity (1958), ed. Leo Margulies.
What are your favorites?
(Paul Lehr’s cover for the 1976 edition of Sandworld (1976), Richard A. Lupoff)
(Richard Powers’ cover for the 1958 edition of Three Times Infinity (1958), ed. Leo Margulies)
(Leo Morey’s cover for the April 1936 issue of Amazing Stories)
(Uncredited cover for the 1951 issue of Amazing Science Stories)
(Dean Ellis’ cover for the 1973 edition of A World of Trouble (1973), Robert E. Toomey, Jr.)
(Jack Gaughan’s cover for the 1977 edition of Operation Time Search (1967), Andre Norton)
(Davis Meltzer’s cover for the 1977 edition of Equality: In the Year 2000 (1977), Mack Reynolds)
(Jim Steranko’s cover for the 1969 edition of Return to the Stars (1968), Edmond Hamilton)
(Kelly Freas’ cover for the 1974 edition of Monitor Found in Orbit (1974), Michael G. Coney)
(Paul Lehr’s cover for the 1964 edition of Astounding Tales of Space and Time (1957), ed. John W. Campbell, Jr.)
(Ed Emshwiller’s cover for the 1960 edition of The Pawns of Null-A (1948), A. E. Van Vogt)
(Ed Valigrusky’s cover for the 1960 edition of 5 Galaxy Short Novels (1960), ed. H. L. Gold)
(Hubert Rogers’ cover for the November 1940 issue of Astounding Science-Fiction)
(Jack Gaughan’s cover for the 1968 edition of The Unholy City (1937), Charles G. Finney)
(Uncredited cover for the 1961 edition of The Outlaws of Mars (1933), Otis Adelbert Kline)
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