(František Muzika, Z Českého ráje V (Ležící torzo), 1944)
František Muzika (1900-1976), a key member of the Czech New Wave scene, created haunting paintings that blended human form with the surrounding landscapes. His painting that heads this post inspired me to collect various science fiction covers (from a mix of English and non-English language presses) that showcase the interlacing of human and landscape — the body (or body parts) as landscape. There are many many many more covers on this theme and perhaps I’ll gather them for a later post. I am torn over my favorite! Leigh Taylor’s cover for the 1967 edition of J.G. Ballard’s The Disaster Area (1967) certainly embodies (no pun intended) the feel of Ballard’s fiction. And of course, Karel Thole always puts in a good shift—and his cover for Howard Fast’s The General Zapped an Angel (1970) has long been one of my favorites….
What are your favorites? Why? Know of any other covers I could include in future posts on this theme? I’d love to hear from you.
(Leigh Taylor’s cover for the 1967 edition of The Disaster Area (1967), J. G. Ballard)
(Gilles Rimbault’s cover for Galaxie (2ème série), #61 (1969), ed. Alain Dorémieux)
(Karel Thole’s cover for the 1970 edition of The General Zapped an Angel (1970), Howard Fast)
(Karel Thole’s cover for Brainrack (1974), Kit Pedler and Gerry Davis)
(Paul Stinson’s cover for the 1978 edition of Karma: A Novel of Retribution and Transcendence (1978), Arsen Darnay)
(Wojtek Siudmak’s cover for the 1978 edition of Darker Than You Think (1948), Jack Williamson)
(Michel Desimon’s cover for Fiction, #171 (1968), ed. Alain Dorémieux)
(Ed Emshwiller’s cover for the June 1960 issue of The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, ed. Robert P. Mills)