Come see a rare and comprehensive collection of Sci-Fi Pulp magazines, paperbacks, and hardcover books displayed on the Back Room Gallery walls. All books for sale.
Runs September 1-5th.
Opening reception September 1st 7 pm.
Some of the most iconic illustrations of the 20th century can be found on the covers of Science fiction magazines from the Golden Age of the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s. Artists such as Howard V Brown, Virgil Finlay, Frank R Paul, Frank Kelly Freas, and Hubert were incredibly profilic during this time and their bold, incredible work graces the cover of such magazines as Astounding Stories, Fantastic Novels, Amazing Stories, and Unknown as well as many books by authors such as Isaac Asimov, Arthur C. Clarke, Robert A. Heinlein, Frederik Pohl, and yes L. Ron Hubbard!!
In the latter half of the 50s, into the 60s and 70s the New Wave of Science fiction began, characterized by a high degree of experimentation, both in form and in content. With this venturing into stylistic experimentation, the artists that made covers for these writers changed drastically as well, influenced by surrealism, abstraction, collage, pop art, and psychedelia. Many writers began moving away from writing short stories to creating full length novels, and artists such as Richard M. Powers, Paul Lehr, Bob Pepper, Leo and Diane Dillon, and Davis Meltzer created wild and amazing covers for thousands upon thousands of paperback books in this time period.
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