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Ski-ffy: A collection of old-school sci-fi covers

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Jeff from Wales has a huge collection of classic and little-known science-fiction novels.

He’s now scanning his collection and putting up their covers one-by-one on his site, Ski-ffy. This includes the cover for a 1975 issue of Analog (after the jump) that includes a George RR Martin story now made famous as the point of origin for George Lucas’ wookie.

There are far too many to choose from. But I really liked this cover for Robert Heinlein’s Orphans of the Sky — a book I now must read.

‘THE PROXIMA CENTAURI EXPEDITION, SPONSORED BY THE JORDAN FOUNDATION IN 2119, WAS THE FIRST RECORDED ATTEMPT TO REACH THE NEARER STARS OF THIS GALAXY. WHATEVER ITS UNHAPPY FATE WE CAN ONLY CONJECTURE…’ A WHOLE SOCIETY, COMPLETE WITH A STRANGE, SAVAGE RELIGION, SUPERSTITIONS, MUTANT OUTCASTS, RIGID CLASS STRUCTURES AND AN AGRICULTURAL BARTER ECONOMY, HURTLES THROUGH THE VOID. IT IS AN EPIC VOYAGE WHOSE PURPOSE HAS BEEN LONG FORGOTTEN. HUGH HOYLAND’S INNATE CURIOSITY IMPELS HIM TO UNDERTAKE HIS OWN VOYAGE OF DISCOVERY. BUT HE DOESN’T REALIZE THE IMPLICATIONS OF THE TRUTH ABOUT THE SHIP – HIS WORLD – UNTIL IT’S TOO LATE TO TURN BACK … A SUPERB SPACE-ADVENTURE CLASSIC PACKED WITH ACTION AND EXCITEMENT BY ONE OF SCIENCE FICTION’S GREATEST NAMES – ROBERT A. HEINLEIN.

Below are a few of my other faves:

Fred Saberhagen, The Black Mountains

Piers Anthony, Omnivore


George R.R. Martin (the inspiration for the wookie),“And Seven Times Kill No Man” in Analog Science Fiction

Be sure to scour through the whole site. It’s a lot of fun.

(via Gasping for the Wind)

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