Heartcrested skull and psychedelic colours…

… define the cover of Four For the Future.

Psychedelic lines revolve around a human skull, from which heartlike growths protrude, on the cover of Four For the Future, a collection of short stories, centred on themes of sacrifice and redemption. It contains stories by Brian Aldiss, Poul Anderson, James Blish och Harry Harrisson. This cover is almost nauseating, with the confusing lines disturbing the eye. Somehow it is still a captivating image, with the strong symbols of life and death in the form of the skull and the heart.

A broken down generation ship drifts through space…

Cover of the Week:

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In this, his first SF novel, Brian Aldiss immediately demonstrated his exuberant range and versatility.

A hair-raising and audacious tale of a lost tribe trapped in a world of space-ships, time machines, giants, armed rats, outcasts and raiders. A tribe travelling almost without hope to an unknown future…

I wonder what motivated the artist behind the cover to make the man’s head a patch of starry black, like the sky at night, and give him eyes that are radiant celestial bodies. Can’t wait to read this book, how could anyone resist a story containing armed rats? (Sorry for the lousy image.)