Including a Richard Powers’ cover that might be among my favorites as it has a delightful architectural feel…. Do you have a favorite Powers?
I must fill the hole that is my lack of knowledge about Cordwainer Smith. A source of many arguments!
Rachel S. Cordasco recently reviewed three stories by French women SF authors pre-1969 and I decided to track down the same collection. And yes, the back cover is filled with purple prose… Plus hilarious back cover font which I will feature in a SF cover art post in the near future.
And another John Carnell anthology in his New Writings in SF series. I featured the artist a few months ago here.
All the covers are scans of my own copies — if you click on the images you can see them in high resolution.
(Richard Powers’ cover for the 1966 edition)
From the back cover: “He was just plain Bill, a Technical Fertilizer Operator down on the farm, until a recruiting robot shanghaied him into the Empire Space Corps. Assigned to the spaceship Christine Jeeler in the war against the lizard-like Chingers, Bill wasn’t much of a soldier, but an act of accidental heroism won him the Purple Dart and a trip to Helior, the aluminum-covered central planet of the Empire. And then Bill’s adventures really started.
From his loss of a Helior floor plan (a major criminal offense) and his search for sanctuary in the department of garbage management in Helio’s underground, to his exile and final redemption, Bill’s tale is a perfect change-of-pace for anyone who likes the best in modern science fiction.”
2. The Best of Cordwainer Smith, Cordwainer Smith (1975)
(Darrell Sweet’s cover for the 1975 edition)
From the back cover: “THE UNIVERSE OF CORDWAINER SMITH.
A thousand planets acknowledged one power—the Instrumentality of Mankind. But the Underpeople—created by the Overlords to be their servants—owed fealty only to themselves…
Here in one volume are the 12 most important stories of the unique writer who fused wonder and poetry into imaginative tales that transcend both science and fiction.
SCANNERS LIVE IN VAIN. Adam stone had found the way for men to cross Deep Space alive—a discovery that might kill him!
THE LADY WHO SAILED THE SOUL. Her name was Helen America, and she voyaged out to the stars—and into a timeless legend of romance…
ALPHA RALPHA BOULEVARD. They thought it was a road to a dream that would last forever—but dreams are made to be broken!
THE BALLAD OF THE LOST C’MELL. Never was there a girl quite like C’mell. She was not even a human being—but she was all woman!
A PLANET NAMED SHAYOL. Hell itself is not much to fear—if the people in it are good to each other
—and 7 more stunning stories… by a man who dreamed the future.”
3. 13 French Science-Fiction Stories, ed. Damon Knight (1965)
(Louis S. Glanzman’s cover for the 1965 edition)
From the back cover: “HORRIFYING LOVE. EROTIC LOVE> UPROARIOUS LOVE. WILDLY EVITANIGAMI [imaginative backwards] LOVE.
An incredible feast of the bizarre and supernatural from the land of Zola and Maupassant.
WANT A PERFECT MISTRESS? Gentle, understand and unbelievably amorous. You can buy her at your local automobile dealers—if you dare! WANT TO BE REBORN in one of the great ages of the past, with a young, beautiful wife? Just watch out! There must be a catch somewhere! SICK OF MERE WOMEN? Here’s a whole planet! …Lush, verdant fields, lilting voice like wind in the trees. Just treat her gently! She doesn’t like to be scorned!”
13 FRENCH SCIENCE-FICTION STORIES. THE FRENCH—THEY GAVE THE WORLD JULES VERNE. NOW THEY GIVE US THE MOST TANTALIZINGLY ORIGINAL SCIENCE FICTION TO APPEAR IN OUR DECADE!!!!”
4. New Writings in S-F 6, ed. John Carnell (1965)
(David McCall Johnston’s cover for the 1971 edition)
From the back cover: “SERIOUS BUSINESS. A CAREFUL SELECTION OF THE FRESHEST NEW THINKING GOING ON AMONG THE MOST EXCITING WRITERS OF OUR TIME. NEW WRITINGS IN SF 6.”
Includes stories by Keith Roberts, William Spencer, Robert Presslie, John Bazter, E.C. Tubb, Ernest Hill, and John Rackham.