(Cover for the 1973 edition of The City in the Sea (1951), Wilson Tucker)
Mariella Anderlini, under the pseudonym Allison, produced a vast number of surreal and masterful SF covers (between 1969-1988) primarily for the Italian SF publisher Libra Editrice. Apparently, she went under the pseudonym to avoid damaging her professional painting career. She was the wife of Ugo Malaguti, editor and author, who founded Libra Editrice and edited Galassia.
As I celebrate the birthdays of a range of SF authors/illustrators/editors from multiple language traditions on twitter (@SFRuminations), I came across Allison’s work while researching her husband’s untranslated SF output. However, only through the diligent research of a twitter follower, whose Italian is far better than mine, were we able to come across her real name.
And her art is absolutely gorgeous…. Her work enters the pantheon of my favorite SF cover artists.
I have included a selection of Libra Editrice covers between the years of 1970-1976—including Clifford D. Simak’s City (1952), John Wyndham’s The Chrysalids (1955), and Leigh Brackett’s The Long Tomorrow (1955).
My single favorite cover of this selection is the 1970 edition of Il palazzo del cielo (1970) by her husband Ugo Malaguti—the strange growth entwines with human body parts…
What are your favorites? Why?
For part II on Allison’s art: The Galassia Covers
For more SF art posts consult the INDEX.
(Cover for the 1976 edition of Return to the Stars (1968), Edmond Hamilton)
(Cover for the 1975 edition of The Yellow Fraction (1969), Rex Gordon)
(Cover for the 1976 edition of The Long Tomorrow (1955), Leigh Brackett)
(The 1976 edition of The Alien (1951), Raymond F. Jones)
(Cover for the 1976 edition of The Chrysalids (1955), John Wyndham)
(Cover for the 1976 edition of The Witches of Karres (1966), James H. Schmitz)
(Cover for the 1970 edition of City (1952), Clifford D. Simak)
(Cover for the 1970 edition of Il palazzo del cielo (1970), Ugo Malaguti)
(Cover for the 1973 edition of The Dreaming Jewels (1950), Theodore Sturgeon)
(Cover for the 1974 edition of Time’s Last Gift (1972), Philip José Farmer)
(Cover for the 1970 edition of The Star Kings (1947), Edmond Hamilton)
(Cover for the 1970 edition of Children of Tomorrow (1970), A. E. van Vogt)
(Cover for the 1972 edition of The Wanderer (1964), Fritz Leiber)
(Cover for the 1972 edition of Between Planets (1951), Robert A. Heinlein)