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.

Good combo: barbarians and space ships

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THE BARBARIANS IN THEIR LONG SHIPS WAITED AT THE EDGE OF THE GALAXY…

… waited for the ancient Terran Empire to fall, while two men struggled to save it: ex-Admiral McCORMAC, forced to rebel against a corrupt Emperor, and Starship Commander FLANDRY, the brilliant young officer who served the Imperium even as he scorned it.

Trapped between them was the woman they both loved, but couldn’t share: the beautiful Kathryn – whose single word could decide the fate of a billion suns.

Poul Anderson is one of those writers who has been on my To Read List forever. Last time I went to my favourite second hand book store, I found this copy of The Rebel Worlds, the cover immediately caught my eye. The vibrant splashes of colour are beautiful and the strange creatures intriguing. I’m hoping that this will be a space adventure to my liking.