Category Archives: Science Fiction

Paperback covers #8: Peter Elson’s Space Ranger series

Space Ranger by Isaac Asimov, artwork by Peter Elson

A series looking at some of my favourite book covers and cover artists.
#8 Peter Elson’s cover paintings for the Space Ranger series of novels by Isaac Asimov

Published between 1952 and 1958 Isaac Asimov’s Space Ranger novels featured the adventures of space pilot David Starr, or Lucky Starr as Asimov nicknamed him. Continue reading Paperback covers #8: Peter Elson’s Space Ranger series

Marvel Special Edition: Star Wars (1977-78)

Marvel Star Wars Special Edition #1, front coverLast year I posted an article discussing my appreciation of Marvel Comics’ oversized reprint collections from the late 1970’s, Marvel Treasury Editions. 28 volumes were published between 1974 and 1981 reprinting stories featuring the publisher’s most popular superheroes. But they weren’t the only stories to receive the Treasury treatment.

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Paperback covers #7: Corgi Books’ Star Trek novels

Star Trek: Trek to Madworld A series looking at some of my favourite book covers and cover artists.

#7 Chris Moore’s Star Trek paperback covers from the 1980s

In the mid-1980s Corgi Books reissued all 12 volumes of James Blish’s best-selling Star Trek paperback series, containing stories adapted from the scripts of the popular science-fiction TV show. These books featured newly commissioned cover artwork from fantasy artist Chris Achilleos, and I’ve looked at them in more detail here. Alongside those books Corgi also reissued a handful of original novels based on the show – these also featured newly commissioned covers, not by Achilleos but by artist Chris Moore. Continue reading Paperback covers #7: Corgi Books’ Star Trek novels

Paperback covers #6: Corgi Books’ Star Trek Adaptions

Star Trek volume 1, cover by Chris Achilleos

A series looking at some of my favourite book covers
and cover artists.

#6 Chris Achilleos’ Star Trek paperback covers from the 1980s

A few months ago I posted an article celebrating the covers of Bantam Books’ Star Trek adaptations from the 1970’s. That post received a fair amount of traction so I thought it might be interesting to post the covers from UK publisher Corgi Books’ reissues from the mid-1980s. Continue reading Paperback covers #6: Corgi Books’ Star Trek Adaptions

The Andromeda Strain (1971)

The Andromeda Strain 1971

“That’s what we’ll find out now… the mechanism of death.”

Riding the new wave of intelligent and speculative science fiction films initiated by Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey, The Andromeda Strain takes one of the tiredest of sci-fi tropes, the alien invasion, and reinvigorates it. Instead of giant bug-eyed monsters from space attacking the Earth it’s the turn of microscopic organisms and the resulting film is a masterclass of mounting tension and suspense. Continue reading The Andromeda Strain (1971)

Pacific Rim (2013)

Pacific Rim poster

“Two thousand five hundred tons of awesome.”

At the beginning of the year Summer 2013 promised to be a great one for fans of big-budget, large spectacle action movies. With the promise of three sequels, a re-make of an old TV classic plus the reinvention of a beloved superhero (that promised to be most anticipated film of the year), it looked like I was going to be spoilt for choice to pick a favourite. Alas, things didn’t work out that way. Continue reading Pacific Rim (2013)