Friday, April 4, 2014

Paperback 758: Beyond Eden / David Duncan (Ballantine 102)

Paperback 758: Ballantine Books 102 (PBO, 1955)

Title: Beyond Eden
Author: David Duncan
Cover artist: Richard Powers

Yours for: $15


Best things about this cover:
  • "I see the source of life itself—there! Beyond Eden. Eden … hey Eden … *EDEN*, would you get your giant body out of the way so we can see the damned source of life itself!?" 
  • Eden looks like giant space actress who has forgotten her line.
  • Richard Powers is the king of interplanetary fever dreams and wackadoodle future machines. My favorite scifi/fantasy cover artist (even if this isn't exactly his best work) (with respect to Valigursky, Emshwiller, etc.).


Best things about this back cover:
  • Living Water ™ —part of the Coca-Cola family of horror beverages
  • Excellent back cover art by somebody's 13-month-old niece.
  • If the "man" and the "woman" had names, this cover might be milligrams sexier.

Page 123~

Spectralium grew rapidly in Gayley's pilot tank.

That is some grade-A space porn right there.


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Lisa in Oz said...

I want her hair. I might also wear that dress. That is all. :P

Rex Parker said...

Her boobs are alarmingly pointy, but otherwise, yeah, she looks great.