Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Paperback 980: Away and Beyond / A.E. Van Vogt (Berkley F812)

Paperback 980: Berkley Medallion F812 (1st ptg, 1963)

Title: Away and Beyond
Author: A.E. Van Vogt
Cover artist: Richard Powers

Estimated value: $10-15
Condition: 7-8/10 (near perfect, but w/ smushed corner on back cover)

Best things about this cover:
  • I feel like a crucial part of this scene is *just* off-cover: what is the humanoid figure holding / pointing toward / squeezing? Another humanoid? A Nobel Prize? Pancakes?
  • Powers could basically draw anything and it looked amazing. Who has any idea what is going on here? Who cares?
  • Loopy laser lines swooping in and out of figures. Structural, skeletal, electric.

Best things about this back cover:
  • August Derleth ... is not a dynamic writer.
  • Those samples are Unevocative. Scare quotes don't do what you think they do, copywriter.
  • Only way you're buying this is if you already like Van Vogt. Or are bored and will take a flyer on anything that looks this cool.

Page 123~

[from "Film Library"]

Mr. Arlay said, "Careful, Tania. We're almost at rock bottom."

Next time someone goes too far, forget "Slow your roll" or "TMI"—just tell 'em "Careful, Tania."


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