If – worlds of science fiction

Published On June 4, 2012 | By Joe Gordon | Books

Golden Age Comic Book Stories frequently posts up some cracking images from classic comics and science fiction; Kellie Strom noticed a great recent posting of a pile of fabulous old school covers from science fiction mag If (which boasted contributors like Walter Miller Jr, Isaac Asimov, Poul Anderson, James Blish and Arthur C Clarke among many noted names in the SF canon). They date from the mid 1950s to the late 60s and some like rat in the skull show a wonderfully demented flight of fantasy, while others depict the now hoary old image of the Earth woman lusted after by aliens, some are satirical (the changes between men and women, a robot sowing humans like seed on a farm – which also reminds me of the classic Queen album cover News Of The World) many illustrate an era when both science and science fiction were often more hopeful in the post-war years, all gleaming spaceships and the endless possibilities of fast moving scientific discoveries leading us into brave new worlds… Naive by today’s cynical standards, perhaps and yet there remains for me something rather charming about that aspect of classic SF and those wonderful illustrations which went with them.

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Joe Gordon
Joe Gordon is ForbiddenPlanet.co.uk's chief blogger, which he set up in 2005. Previously, he was professional bookseller for over 12 years as well as a lifelong reader and reviewer, especially of comics and science fiction works.

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