(Bruce Pennington’s cover for the 1968 edition of A Scent of New-Mown Hay (1958), John Blackburn)
2016 saw a resurgence in my cover art adventure posts. However, unlike the curated themed collections that prevailed a few years ago I focussed predominately on individual artists from a variety of countries (Portugal, Italy, Germany): my favorites include Max Ernst and His Landscapes of Decay on SF/F Covers, Haunting Landscapes and Cityscapes of Mariella Anderlini, and The Futuristic Cities of Lima De Freitas. The last themed collection was way back in March 2015 — Tentacles and Other Strange Appendages.
I’ve decided to return to my roots (no pun intended)! Although partially inspired by my 2014 post Human Transformations/Transfigurations (one duplicate cover), I’d been thinking about providing a gallery on the theme after reading “Ganthi” (1958), a disturbing Miriam Allen deFord short story about sentient tree-aliens and their mysterious caretaker who introduces blights when the aliens do not conform to social norms.
Without further ado I present I present Humanoid Plants and Dendroid Humans. My favorite is Bruce Pennington’s cover for the 1968 edition of John Blackburn’s A Scent of New-Mown Hay (1958). Perhaps more fungal than plant, the vaguely looming human shape terrifies.
As always I’d love to know your favorites and/or if you know other covers that match the theme.
For more cover art posts consult the INDEX
(Bruce Pennington’s cover for the 1969 edition of Nebula Award Stories 1 (variant title: Nebula Award Stories 1965) (1966), ed. Damon Knight)
(Johann Peter Reuter’s cover for the 1978 German edition of The Star King (1963), Jack Vance)
(Johann Peter Reuter’s cover for the 1979 German edition of To Your Scattered Bodies Go (1971), Philip José Farmer)
(Richard Weaver’s cover for the 1969 edition of Time To Live (1966), John Rackham aka John T. Phillifent)
(Robert Adragna’s cover for Fantastic Stories of Imagination, December 1962, ed. Cele Goldsmith)
(Vincent Di Fate’s cover for Alien Horizons (1974), William F. Nolan)
(Uncredited 1975 cover for La Femme de Putiphar (1975), Gaston Compère)