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Women of Wonder. I wonder why she has such small hands? And I wonder why she has a mirror on the back of her head ('cause I'm sure that doesn't come around the front)?
 

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Women of Wonder is a great collection of short stories btw. Several classics in it, it was where I discovered Carol Emshwiller, Katherine Maclean, Kit Reed, etc. Makes me realize how many great women sf writers there were in the 70s.

Introduction: Women in Science Fiction" – Pamela Sargent

"The Child Dreams" – Sonya Dorman

"That Only a Mother" – Judith Merril

"Contagion" – Katherine MacLean

"The Wind People" – Marion Zimmer Bradley

"The Ship Who Sang" – Anne McCaffrey

"When I Was Miss Dow" – Sonya Dorman

"The Food Farm" – Kit Reed

"Baby, You Were Great" – Kate Wilhelm

"Sex and/or Mr Morrison" – Carol Emshwiller

"Vaster Than Empires and More Slow" – Ursula K. Le Guin

"False Dawn" – Chelsea Quinn Yarbro

"Nobody’s Home" – Joanna Russ

"Of Mist, and Grass, and Sand" – Vonda N. McIntyre

This is the less striking cover of my copy.

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This is another short story collection that was a revelation when I was just starting to explore sf. Discovered a lot of New Wave favourite through it: Disch, Sladek, Delany, Silverberg, etc.

Spinrad is an excellent editor.

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Introduction: The New Tomorrows by Norman Spinrad

Going Down Smooth by Robert Silverberg

The Pleasure Garden of Felipe Sagittarius by Michael Moorcock (as by James Colvin)

Driftglass by Samuel R. Delany

Sending the Very Best by Edward Bryant

The Garden of Delights by Langdon Jones

Surface If You Can by Terry Champagne

Masks by Damon Knight

Pennies, Off a Dead Man's Eyes by Harlan Ellison

198-, a Tale of "Tomorrow" by John Sladek

Flight Useless, Inexorable the Pursuit by Thomas M. Disch

The Last Hurrah of the Golden Horde by Norman Spinrad

Down the Up Escalation by Brian W. Aldiss

Circularization of Condensed Conventional Straight-Line Word-Image Structures by Michael Butterworth

The Definition by Bob Marsden

The Jungle Rot Kid on the Nod by Philip José Farmer
 

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It looks like a clear bubble around her head to me.
I know it's supposed to be that but the perspective seems off to me. Tube out the back of her shoulder and into the front of the helmet? How does the green mouth tube get out of the bubble? The connection between the collars and the bubble. Sorry just doesn't do it for me
 

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Women of Wonder is a great collection of short stories btw. Several classics in it, it was where I discovered Carol Emshwiller, Katherine Maclean, Kit Reed, etc. Makes me realize how many great women sf writers there were in the 70s.

Introduction: Women in Science Fiction" – Pamela Sargent

"The Child Dreams" – Sonya Dorman

"That Only a Mother" – Judith Merril

"Contagion" – Katherine MacLean

"The Wind People" – Marion Zimmer Bradley

"The Ship Who Sang" – Anne McCaffrey

"When I Was Miss Dow" – Sonya Dorman

"The Food Farm" – Kit Reed

"Baby, You Were Great" – Kate Wilhelm

"Sex and/or Mr Morrison" – Carol Emshwiller

"Vaster Than Empires and More Slow" – Ursula K. Le Guin

"False Dawn" – Chelsea Quinn Yarbro

"Nobody’s Home" – Joanna Russ

"Of Mist, and Grass, and Sand" – Vonda N. McIntyre

This is the less striking cover of my copy.

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I liked The Ship Who Sang - read it in an eponymous collection of short stories about Helva. Probably my favourite of McAffrey's work; the Pern novels never really grew on me.
 

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The UK covers for Empire of the East by Saberhagen:

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Guy Gavriel Kay's Tigana. Edition with the full front image:

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Who did the Tigana cover, do you know? It seems to me that a number of Kay's paperbacks had that same medievalesque/art deco look.

To answer my own question, it was Mel Odom. He had a pretty distinctive style, as seen also in his covers for Leigh Brackett's The Halfling (Ace 1983), Richard Adams' Maia (Signet 1986), and Paul Hazel's Winterking (Bantam 1987):

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Who did the Tigana cover, do you know? It seems to me that a number of Kay's paperbacks had that same medievalesque/art deco look.

To answer my own question, it was Mel Odom. He had a pretty distinctive style, as seen also in his covers for Leigh Brackett's The Halfling (Ace 1983), Richard Adams' Maia (Signet 1986), and Paul Hazel's Winterking (Bantam 1987):

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Fascinating, two different people, same name. Working in related fields basically. Similar ages.

 

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I think the cover art for this might have been recycled for a horror novel I saw years ago.

Fun Fact: West End Games and GDW both used repurposed art from books that would fit in this thread for several of their releases.
And it works the other way around. The cover art for the Gollancz collection of Leigh Brackett stories, Sea Kings of Mars, is actually an adaptation of an image first used for an Earthdawn supplement cover--see post 61 upthread.
 

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That first Corum cover is truly on the bizarre side of things. They were one of my favorites though it's been decades since I last read them. The cover just seems so disconnected from my memory of the stories. Think I need to see if I can snag em on Kindle to re-read now, lol.
 

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I think I still have my copy of the Berkley Medallion edition of the second Corum trilogy. The cover artist was David McCall Johnston, an illustrator who seems to have done SF/Fantasy covers only in the 70s and early 80s.

Here are his covers for the first two volumes of the initial Corum trilogy, both Berkley Medallion from 1971. The cover for Queen is pretty psychedelic:

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Here's the final book of the trilogy, and a cover for an intriguing novel published by Ballantine in 1971:

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Johnston also did the covers for some of Evangeline Walton's Mabinogion novels, published by Ballantine. Children of Llyr got a variant cover in its third printing (1975), maybe because the god's tush was too prominent in the 1971 original (on left below):

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These are his other Mabinogion-series covers. He did not do a cover for The Island of the Mighty.

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Yeah Drowned World and Crystal World are my favourites, hard to pick between them for me. DW has a particularly good, dreamlike ending.
 

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Today (10/14) is the anniversary of Karl Edward Kane's death, so it seemed a good time for covers of his works:

Here is the cover of the first edition (by Powell, 1970) of the first Kane novel, done by Bill Hughes. Having the map on the back is an interesting touch. Next to it is the Chris Achilleos cover for the Coronet reissue (1978):

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In 1974, the irregular magazine Midnight Sun devoted a whole issue to Kane, with fiction by Wagner and essays by a number of writers. John F. Mayer did the rather trippy cover:

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Centipede Press published a deluxe hardcover reprint in 2015, with art by Boco:

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Voros Voros Loved those books and Susan Cooper's The Dark is Rising books when I read them in the 70's. I don't recall ever seeing that cover either. Interesting how many different covers of books I love that we see posted here that are completely new to me. Sometimes in a good way, sometimes in an odd or bad way. Heh.
 
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This is a pretty great cover for the brilliant Alan Garner. Never seen this Ace cover in the wild.

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There's something about the posture and shape of the main figure that seems Mignola-esque to me, though it's by Jack Gaughan, apparently.

This is the cover of the original edition (1960) for Collins, re-used for the Puffin reprint of 1966. It's by George Adamson:

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