Posts Tagged ‘Retro Science Fiction art’
Starting a new blog, one thinks “what will I write about?” Well when you’re interested in vintage genre fiction, there’s a boatload to write about. Take for example this May 1953 issue of Science Fiction Plus.
This is my second posting on this single issue. The first posting was mostly about the banner art for Brain Plucker. This posting is about the art and science articles. And I’m planning on doing another posting on the Harry Bates story, Death of a Sensitive. The cover features a unique design for the a spacesuit (dig those crazy foot fins). Here’s an interior illustration to accompany the science article on Future Space Suits. Here’s the full page if you want to see what they were speculating about in 1953. Love the rear view mirror. The cover and illustration are by Frank R. Paul. He’s great at illustrating technical things like machines, not so good at people though.
Then there’s the science article on electronic artificial wombs and some crazy technique called “in vitro fertilization”. Not bad for ’53. The picture is of a “The Gagnon ectogenetic-electronic gestation apparatus.” Oh, I think this blog will rank high on Google for the keywords “The Gagnon ectogenetic-electronic gestation apparatus.” Now if I can just set up a site to sell them
There’s of course mostly SF stories. These are from a complete short novel by F.L. Wallace called Worlds in Balance. This first image is a full page illustration that I may try to colorize some day. Artist is Tim O’Reilly.
Here’s a couple of more illustrations from Worlds in Balance. The furry alien is so bad, I had to show ya. But you gotta like the babe with the conical breast
Here’s a small illustration to The Proxy Head by Robert Bloch.
And here’s a curious science article called Stranger Than Science-Fiction, which describes “Pregnant Boys”. I googled teratoma, if you want to feel nauseated follow the link. But this article is more lively and exaggerated.
I know what you’re thinking. Where did you get the cool art for this blog? That’s not what you’re thinking–well, it should be. So focus people, here’s the mag I got it from. Hugo Gernsback last hurrah as a Science Fiction publisher. (His first SF Mag was Amazing Stories in 1926, which is the first SF Magazine, period. And hence why the Hugo Award is named after him.)
Science Fiction Plus only lasted 7 issues. SF Historian, Sam Moskowitz was the editor. The magazine had a retro feel even in 1953. The art from this blog’s banner comes from a story by Robert Bloch called “The Proxy Head”. I saw the art and instantly thought “blog banner”. I wanted to call the blog “Out of My Head”, but all the domain names based around that name seemed taken. So it became Brain Plucker. And yes I can flip my lid on occasion.
SF+ had some great interior art that I’ll be using in upcoming blogs. The stand-out story for this issue is “Death of Sensitive” by Harry Bates, who’s best known for “Farewell to the Master” which was the basis for the movie “The Day the Earth Stood Still”. Both “Death of a Sensitive” and “Farewell to the Master” as well as two other classic short science fiction by Harry Bates is available as an audiobook from Wonder Audiobooks and at Audible.com (yes, I would be the publisher–plug, plug away). More about SF+ and Harry Bates in a forthcoming post.
Posted by Rick Jackson