Adventures in Science Fiction Cover Art: Pierre Faucheux’s 1970s covers for La grande anthologie de la Science-Fiction (robots, the end of the world, aliens, etc)

(Cover for the 1974 edition of Histoires de robot)

While researching the French SF author Gérard Klein, I discovered that he edited a themed anthology series La grande anthologie de la Science-Fiction with Jacques Goimard and Demètre Ioakimidis. This series covered SF stories on themes such as robots, aliens, machines, the galactic, the end of the world, time travel, etc. If you’re curious about the contents of any of the volumes in my post check out the handy Internet Speculative Fiction Database listing.

The famous French typographer, graphic artist, urbanist, and architect Pierre Faucheux—who worked primarily for the publishers Club Français du Livre and Le Livre de Poche—created the covers for Klein, Goimard, and Ioakimidis’ SF anthology series. And they are a varied and fascinating bunch…

I am not convinced I like all of them — but the 1974 edition of Histoires de machines, the 1974 edition of Histoires de fins du monde, and the 1975 edition of Histoires de voyages dans le temps certainly appeal to my artistic sensibilities!

I’ve included covers for all but one of the volumes published in the 1970s.  For more on Pierre Faucheux (1924-1999) and many examples of his non-SF cover design see this wonderful article on his career [in French] from the indispensable resource on graphic design, Index Grafik: Ressources graphisme & typographie.

If you want to see some of my favorite of his non-SF art just ask! I’ll post links in the comments.

As always thoughts and comments are welcome.

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My other posts about French SF art include: Claude Lacroix’s Delicate Lines and Mutations (60s/70s covers for the French SF Magazine Fiction) and The Uncanny Bodies of Wojtek Siudmak.

For more cover art posts consult the INDEX

(Cover for the 1974 edition of Histoires d’extraterrestres)

(Cover for the 1975 edition of Histoires de demain)

(Cover for the 1975 edition of Histoires galactiques)

(Cover for the 1974 edition of Histoires de machines)

(Cover for the 1974 edition of Histoires de fins du monde)

(Cover for the 1975 edition of Histoires de voyages dans le temps)

(Cover for the 1974 edition of Histoires de mutants)

(Cover for the 1974 edition of Histoires de cosmonautes)

(Cover for the 1975 edition of Histoires de pouvoirs)

(Cover for the 1975 edition of Histoires de planètes)

13 thoughts on “Adventures in Science Fiction Cover Art: Pierre Faucheux’s 1970s covers for La grande anthologie de la Science-Fiction (robots, the end of the world, aliens, etc)”

    1. So, back to your 1968 post… what SF are you thinking about including? hahaha

      Pierre Faucheux was quite the typographer/graphic designer…. Here’s a sample from 1970-1973:

      And… I love how he incorporates movement in the human figure by repeating the same image in various formulations.

  1. I’d have to say Galactiques, but I’d be thinking, “That’s a funny color for Rose champagne and why is there a big bubble in it? Maybe I can pop it with my multi-axis reverse entropolizer, ha ha.”

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