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Torque Control has linked to the rather good Art of Penguin Science Fiction. James Pardey is to be congratulated for putting this to together but I would quibble over this remark:

One final point: the Penguin sf covers presented here are neither exhaustive nor intended to be. Aesthetics are every- thing for a website called The Art of Penguin Science Fiction, and in this regard many of the later covers have little to offer. Thus they are excluded, and from 1977 to 2009 all coverage (no pun intended) ceases. For as the philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein once wrote for very different reasons, “Whereof one cannot speak, thereof one must be silent”.

For example:



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Written by Martin

28 April 2009 at 14:01

Posted in books, design, sf

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  1. Many thanks for your kind comments, and I do agree with you regarding the more recent sf covers. My remark on the website about ‘later covers’ was not meant to be a reference to all covers after 1977, but following David Pelham’s departure I do think they took a downturn. However, Peter Lord’s covers for 10 John Wyndham reprints in 1979-80 are attractive, and I may add a page on these in due course. I’d also like to have a page on Penguin sf titles currently in print, like the three you’ve shown, but I’ve not yet requested permission for that. All the best, James.

    James Pardey

    29 April 2009 at 12:49


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