(The 1967 edition of Mindswap (1966), Robert Sheckley)
A few weeks ago I reviewed Clifford D. Simak’s The Werewolf Principle (1967) and came across Terry James’ cover (below) for the 1969 Science Fiction Book Club (UK) edition. The spectral shedding/transforming of the human figure matched the uncanny vibe of the novel. And I headed immediately to isfdb.org to browse his ouvre (note: a few volumes in the pub. series are clearly his but remain uncredited)! And I decided to put together a series of posts showcasing his work.
His art, the entire catalog of SFBC editions between 1968 and the mid-way point of 1971, works with little—a black background, white foreground, etc. In only one edition I’ve identified was he able to use shades of gray—the 1969 ed. of Algis Budrys’ The Iron Thorn (1967) below. This cover is my favorite of the bunch—it’s a literal interpretation of the title, a massive thorn made of iron, perhaps a vast arcology….
For more about details about the quality yet low art budget nature of the SFBC editions see the following article.
What is your favorite? Have you read any of the novels? (I own quite a few of them in various US editions).
(The 1967 edition of A Plague of Pythons (1965), Frederik Pohl)
(The 1967 edition of All Flesh is Grass (1965), Clifford D. Simak)
(The 1968 edition cover of Antic Earth (variant title: Down to Earth), Louis Charbonneau)
(The 1967 edition of The Anything Box (1965), Zenna Henderson)
(The 1968 edition of Twilight Journey (1967), L. P. Davies)
(The back cover of the 1969 edition of The Iron Thorn (1967), Algis Budrys)
(The 1969 edition of The Werewolf Principle (1967), Clifford D. Simak)
(The 1971 edition of Death of a Cosmonaut (variant title: Autopsy for a Cosmonaut) (1969), Jacob Hay and John M. Keshishian)
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