(Cover for the 1967 edition of vol. 1 of The Moon is a Harsh Mistress (1965), Robert A. Heinlein)
The Portuguese painter and illustrator Lima de Freitas (1927-1998) created a vast number of covers for the Portuguese press Livros do Brasil. For more on the range of art he produced in his career consult his wikipedia page [here].
A while back I reviewed Mordecai Roshwald’s Level 7 (1959) and discovered de Freitas’ amazing cover (below). More than any of the US editions, it evokes the claustrophobic tone of the novel (and even some of the surreal elements).
As the son of two architects, architecturally inclined SF covers always fascinate. Thus, as an introduction to his art (if you do not know it already) I have collected a handful of his cityscapes. They are surreal masterpieces. Lima de Freitas’ covers emphasize the city as a canvas, the textures of human occupation–for example, the 1964 edition of Edmund Cooper’s Seed of Light (1959) (my review).
For a catalogue (in Portuguese) of Livros do Brasil‘s SF novels (published under the Argonauta imprint) consult this encyclopedic site Colecção Argonauta. Even if you cannot read Portuguese (me!), browsing the images will be well worth your time.
A new favorite SF artist….
It is fascinating seeing non-English language covers for some of the great classics of the SF genre—Asimov, Heinlein, Simak, etc. Although, you couldn’t pay me to reread Heinlein’s agonizingly awful Farnham’s Freehold (1964). Also, Livros do Brasil published quite a few French SF authors in translation–Stefan Wul, Paul Frenchm Pierre Versins, etc)–which remain (mostly) unavailable for English readers.
As always, what are your favorites? Why? Has anyone read novels/short fiction by the French SF authors below?
For more Adventures in SF art posts consult the INDEX
(Cover for the 1959 edition of Lucky Starr and the Oceans of Venus (1954), Isaac Asimov)
(Cover for the 1964 edition of Seed of Light (1959), Edmund Cooper)
(Cover for the 1967 edition of City (1952), Clifford D. Simak)
(Cover for the 1959 edition of Retour à “O” (1956), Stefan Wul)
(Cover for the 1956 edition of Lucky Starr and the Pirates of the Asteroids (1953), Isaac Asimov)
(1957 edition of The Syndic (1953), C. M. Kornbluth)
(Cover for the 1966 edition of The Drowned World (1962), J. G. Ballard)
(Cover for the 1964 edition of Foundation and Empire (1952), Isaac Asimov)
(Cover for the 1958 edition of I Am Legend (1954), Richard A. Matheson)
(Cover for the 1963 edition of La peur géante (1957), Stefan Wul)
(Cover for the 1958 edition of Wine of the Dreamers (1951), John D. MacDonald)
(Cover for the 1957 edition of En avant, Mars! (1955), Pierre Versins)
(Cover for the 1964 edition of Le signe du chien (1960), Jean Hougron)