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The Green Girl by Jack Williamson (Avon)

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This was the second and final book in Avon’s Fantasy series–Jack Williamson’s The Green Girl, published in 1950 with uncredited cover artist. To further confuse defitions of science fiction and fantasy, the book is clearly part of the Fantasy series (see the logo) but is touted as science fiction in the cover blurb. It takes place far in the future (1999) and follows the adventures of a scientist who discovers an underground world with all sorts of strange creatures in it.

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The Coming of the Rats (Pike 1961)

Here is one of the more infamous covers from the science fiction world, Charles Neutzel’s illustration for George H. Smith’s The Coming of the Rats, a post-apocalyptic novel published by Pike Books in 1961.

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Sojarr of Titan Manley Wade Wellman (1949)

 

 

This copy of Manly Wade Wellman’s first published novel, Sojarr of Titan, got a bit sun damaged but it doesn’t take away from the great cover art. This is from 1949, a Prize “scientifiction” digest.

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George Orwell 1984 (Signet #798)

What would poor George Orwell have said about this Signet paperback cover of 1984? Published in 1950, just a year after the book’s hardcover publication and the same year as Orwell’s death, for all I know he was aware of it. While no one would call the book itself pulp fiction, the cover certainly gets the pulp treatment with its highlighting of the “Anti-Sex League” and the knowing looks of the man and woman who don’t seem very “anti” about each other.

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An Earth Man on Venus (Avon)

This week’s cover is from Avon’s early run of science fiction novels. An Earth Man on Venus by Ralph M. Farley was originally published in the 1930s in the pulp magazines as “The Radio Man.” In Avon’s 1950 rendition, the “Kewpie-Doll Princess” was given some rather interesting treatment. The plot seems very derivative of Edgar Rice Burroughs’ first Martian novel. Here’s the back cover:

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Border Town by Carroll Graham (Dell)

Up this week is Border Town by Carroll Graham, published by Dell in 1952. This paperback reprints the first Vanguard edition published in the 1930s. Along with his brother, Garrett, the author is better known for having co-written Queer People, one of the most famous novels about Hollywood. In this book, Graham provides readers with a Latino character trying to build his reputation and empire on both sides of the California/Mexico border. This book was the basis for a film of the same name starring Bette Davis and Paul Muni.

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The Lottery by Shirley Jackson (Lion)

This week’s cover is from the Lion paperback edition of Shirley Jackson’s The Lottery, published in 1950. Lion #14. Cover art by Herman Bischoff. This is one of the stranger covers in this genre, as Jackson’s title story is rather horrific, and even though we get silhouettes of the story’s aggressors and some flying stones as well, we also get the “sexy” Tessie Hutchinson who’s having trouble keeping her clothes on. An odd example, and rather collectible as a result.

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