Sunday, 10 June 2018

Psychedelic Sci-Fi Round-up:
The Star of Life
by Edmond Hamilton

(Crest, 1959)

All those squiggly, expressionistic doodle-lines and the distinctively steel spear-head styled rocket ship on the back of this wrap-around cover clearly identify it as the work of ubiquitous, and frequently quite barmy, mid-century Sci-Fi specialist Richard M. Powers – surely one of the key progenitors of Psychedelic SF artwork?

I like the way that the astronaut pictured here appears to be riding an invisible horse through his own inner-space landscape of doodley psychotropic weirdness.

I also really like Powers’ cover for the first edition of Vonnegut’s ‘Sirens of Titan’, which, for no particular reason, you should check out via Pop Sensation here.

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