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Look Here: Two SF covers with scintillating and stimulating art by Richard Powers

Powers didn’t produce many covers with collage elements that are as obvious as the mechanical building blocks of his art for Lester del Rey’s Mortals and Monsters, but he makes it work, splendidly, as usual. The dotted line and black dot on the left-hand side give the collage a sardonic twist: all that complex machinery, and the result is what? a pop gun?

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Keywords: Out of the Deeps by John Wyndham, Mortals and Monsters by Lester del Rey, Richard Powers.

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Look Here: THE MAN IN THE HIGH CASTLE, with cover art by Richard Powers

I can’t remember when I bought the sixth printing of the 1974 Berkley Medallion edition of Philip K. Dick’s The Man in the High Castle for a long time — it was a long time ago — but I do remember being both happy to have the novel to read and unhappy with the cover. Specifically, I’ve always been irritated by the wide red banner that the folks at Berkley Books rudely slapped across the face of Richard Powers’ lovely cover art in order to have a spot to brag about their decision to re-print a much-admired novel and to inform/remind readers that Philip K. Dick’s book had won the Hugo Award for “the best S-F novel of the year” — in 1963! But I am irritated about that no longer, because today I found a copy of the novel with the same cover but without the red banner — Berkley Science Fiction, 1982, tenth printing — in lovely condition, and it only cost me ninety-nine cents and tax to add to my collection.

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Do you see now what was obscured by the red banner? Ironically, it is none other than a little silhouette of “the man” standing ramrod-straight in a void (or hole, or window, or empty eye socket) in Powers’ oddly sculptural, strangely forbidding “high castle.”

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Look Here: Four gorgeous covers with art by Richard Powers

I purchased the following four paperbacks with cover art by the great Richard Powers late last year from an online seller, and this morning I finally roused myself to scan them for display on RCN:

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To view all of the covers with art by Richard Powers that I’ve scanned and posted thus far in the life of RCN, start here.

Keywords: Of All Possible Worlds, A Cupful of Space, Needle in a Timestack, The Aluminum Man.

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Look Here: Three SF covers with art by Richard Powers

More covers scanned and processed by me from books in my personal collection:

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I’ve posted a lot of covers with art by Richard Powers over the past few years. Take a look: sixteen posts and counting.

Keywords: Man of Earth by Algis Budrys, Pstalemate by Lester Del Rey, Citizen in Space by Robert Sheckley

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Look Here: Four more Keith Laumer SF paperbacks with cover art by Richard Powers

Freshly scanned, by me, from my very own library:

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To view all of the paperbacks with cover art by Richard Powers that I’ve posted over the years, start here and scroll through the pages.

Keywords: Galactic Diplomat, Time Trap, The House in November, The Infinite Cage.

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Look Here: Three SF covers with art by Powers, one with art by Schoenherr

Today RCN has got four freshly scanned selections from my personal archive of disintegrating SF paperback pulp for your viewing pleasure:

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I don’t know much about John Schoenherr’s career in illustration, but I must say, Schoenherr’s painting for the 1961 Ace edition of Brunner’s Meeting at Infinity is a surreal stunner that even the universally acknowledged king of surreal SF cover art himself, Richard Powers, must have envied when he first laid eyes on it. For a minute or two. Maybe.

To view all of the scans of covers with art by Richard Powers that I’ve posted here at RCN, click here. And don’t forget to click the “Older posts” link when you get to the bottom of the page.

Keywords: The Star Dwellers, The High Crusade, A Far Sunset, Meeting at Infinity.