On the cross, a future prophet (or false one)? A martyr for a lost cause? Or, some future priestly emissary of the Catholic church dispensing law on those gathered…. Perhaps some transformation of man to a godly state all hallowed and arrayed with religious accouterments of faith? I’ve gathered a fun collection of science fiction prophets mostly decked out / depicted in distinctly Christian style.
My favorite is Robert Foster’s cover for the 1970 edition of Behold the Man (1969) by Michael Moorcock…. And Gray Morrow’s cover for the 1970 edition of This Immortal (variant title: And Call Me Conrad) (1965) contains a fascinating color scheme — although there isn’t any mold on the figure’s face as Zelazny uncharacteristically depicts his main character… alas… I am unsure whether James Park Sloan’s The Case History of Comrade V. (1978) is a work of speculative or science fiction. Forgive me if it isn’t – -regardless, its uncredited cover is intriguing as well.
As always, are the books themselves worth reading? In this case I’ve read a good number of them…. I found Silverberg’s The Masks of Time (1968) above average; Zelazny’s This Immortal (1970), a classic of the highest caliber; Malzberg’s Revelations (1972) a masterpiece; VALIS (1981) was one of PKD’s weaker work; Lester del Rey’s The Eleventh Commandment (1962) was memorable in parts; and PKD’s A Maze of Death (1970) in the second tier of his novels (highly readable regardless)….
Enjoy! (as with many recent posts I have multiple images waiting for a part II).
(Robert Foster’s cover for the 1970 edition of Behold the Man (1969), Michael Moorcock)
(Bill Hughes’ cover for the 1970 edition of Men Like Gods (1923), H. G. Wells)
(Charles Moll’s cover for the 1974 edition of Adam Link – Robot (1965), Eando Binder)
(Uncredited cover for the 1981 edition of VALIS (1981), Philip K. Dick)
(Dean Ellis’ cover for the 1976 edition of The Eleventh Commandment (1962), Lester del Rey)
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