Penguin science fiction covers past and present


9 Responses to “Penguin science fiction covers past and present”

  1. Anonymous says:

    I’ve made some 500 available from Penguin

    I had these scanned via a cover book. (There’s also a couple of hundreds of Pelican books on the site.)

  2. Anonymous says:

    I collect penguin orangenacks. I buy them in second hand fairs and then stack them in the corners of my studio where they make perfect bass traps. They’ve therefore contributed to all the soundtracks recorded in here… The other thing about penguin books is that each novel has a unique sequential number on the spine. there’s always a rush when you find one under issue 100… maybe that’s just me!

  3. 13strong says:


  4. monkeysayswhat says:

    Totally Sweet. We have an ongoing collection of old science fiction covers over at Not quite as vintage as these though.

  5. Tdawwg says:

    Damn, those are beautiful. In this age of quickie publishing gimmicks, print on demand, etc., why can’t these lovelies be ushered back into print en masse?

  6. 13strong says:

    Especially the JG Ballard ones with the cartoonish instruments of war, shaded in the kind of Gilliam-esque way. They’re amazing, and much better than the hideously clinical covers the Ballard editions have at the moment.

  7. Jonathan Badger says:

    I always liked the old 1930s Penguins where they just had the title on a label on an orange background (like the first few in this list). Very simple and classy. Not sure if they count as “cover art” though.

  8. Anonymous says:

    there are lots more Penguin SF titles/covers.

    The “Penguin Paperback Spotters’ Guild” on Flickr contains a link to a Google spreadsheet that lists them all, as far as I can see..

  9. redrichie says:


    This is the most awesome thing I’ve seen, well, today. But it’s still completely frickin’ awesome.

    Hey Mr Penguin…reissue series with classic covers, plz.

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