Pulp sci-fi book covers, scanned daily


39 Responses to “Pulp sci-fi book covers, scanned daily”

  1. Targe says:

    Great cover, and actually a great read! <3 The Tuvela (Which I read as “The Demon Breed”, I think)

  2. Anonymous says:

    Otters. They are otters. In a tree…

  3. sunhawk says:

    Those are clearly not marmots, they are otters ;)

  4. Anonymous says:

    I was just reading that story (or at least the version that ended up in one of the Schmitz anthologies from Baen.) The mutant otters look like they’re a bit out of scale (nine foot tall in the text) but everything else is much as you would expect things to be during the middle of an alien invasion on a tropical floating-forest island.

  5. Anonymous says:

    I do believe that is a blow gun and not a horn. But I guess it could be a toilet plunger as well.

  6. Jesse Weinstein says:

    Caleb — If you haven’t heard of it already, the ISFDB (Internet Speculative Fiction Database) has quite a bit of detail (including lots of cover scans) from Analog (and **lots** of others). I’ve started a discussion about your site: http://www.isfdb.org/wiki/index.php/ISFDB:Community_Portal#pulparchive.com

  7. muteboy says:

    I think that’s a blowpipe – these otters are not musical but deadly!

    Fantastic stuff – who is this lucky person that was “given several large containers of pulp Sci-Fi publications from the 50s-70s”?

  8. DJBudSonic says:

    I have a few copies of Analog and they are great. I agree w/muteboy I’ll bet they are blowguns – which would work underwater too? I’ve gotta see if they have this one at our local book repository to know the truth of it!

  9. Dougall says:

    They are ‘giant otters’ and are the working companions of the woman who is a Federation agent. This is the Analog version of the GREAT Schmitz book ‘The Demon Breed’. It’s set on a planet of inimical jungle plants with a small human settlement. Poisonous flowers, dart shooting plants, thoroughly nasty alien invaders (but three dimensional villains with actual motivations, emotions and second thoughts). The heroine is delightful. A powerful, competent female using the planet’s resources to battle the invaders.

    One of my all time favorite authors. Read ‘Witches of Karres’ if you want a wonderful classic Science Fiction read. I loved all of his writing. Xeni, if you are listening, you owe it to yourself to read Schmitz.

    By the way Calebkraft – I envy your good fortune. I grew up reading those very magazines, and loved them. I’m not sure that I would want to be given the same gift though, as I probably would not get anything done for the next six months!

  10. Anonymous says:

    As others have pointed out, these are clearly otters with blowpipes, though I am unclear as to how one would be certain that they are giant, and not simply accompanied by a miniature human.

    Marmots need no horn instruments in any case, as they are natural whistlers.

  11. technogeek says:

    I truly hate to be a spoilsport, but…. Copyright?

  12. Flying_Monkey says:

    Great cover! There was a bit of a craze for ‘jungle / ‘vegetation gone crazy’ SF for a while in the 60s, what with some of Ballard’s disaster novels, and Brian Aldiss’s Hothouse… I suppose you could also include Thomas Disch’s The Genocides. Any others?

  13. dollarama says:

    Myth busted!

  14. Eric says:

    Do they crush their enemies on their tummys?

  15. Resuna says:

    I recognized the story just from glancing at the cover. “The Tuvela” was republished as “The Demon Breed”, and it’s available online from Baen Books as part of their “Federation of the Hub” collection…


  16. Anonymous says:

    It’s Wilford Brimley!

  17. simonbarsinister says:

    I am almost as much a fan of giant musical Otters as I am of the deadly but beautiful women in bikinis who travel with them!

  18. Anonymous says:

    Let’s not forget the artist! It’s the late, great Jack Schoenherr.

    More here: http://johnschoenherr.blogspot.com/

    and here

  19. TheMadLibrarian says:

    It appears the spammers are working around the posting blocks again :(

  20. MichaelWalsh says:

    The art is by the late but great John Schoenherr. He eventually left the SF field and became quite well known as a nature artist.

    The cover that grabbed me in my youth: http://modcult.org/read/2010/9/13/the-prophet-of-dune – now *that’s* a sandworm!

    By the here’s a rough of the Tuvela cover: http://www.noreascon.org/retroart/images/Schoenherr,%20The%20Tuvela%20by%20James%20H.%20Schitz,%20cover%20rough.jpg

  21. grimatongueworm says:

    Angry, bodice-ripping primates, BAD.

    Giant, vuvuzela-wielding otters, GOOD!

  22. planettom says:

    Nice beaver!

  23. Anonymous says:

    Man, that’s a Vuvuzela it’s got in its paw! Shoot it now before that thing catches on!

  24. Anonymous says:

    Now I know where South Park got thier empire of the sea otters episode from.

  25. igpajo says:

    See my first thought was he was a Beaver Plumber with a plunger.

  26. jonathanpeterson says:

    My Dad subscribed to Amazing/Analog and Asimoff’s (and assorted Galaxy, IF, etc) for decades. I’ve got literally dozens of giant waterproof plastic boxes of those that I’ve thought of scanning, as well as hundreds of Ace doubles and other pulp fiction.

    Some gorgeous, covers in there. But my assumption is that I’d put tons of work into sharing that stuff and end up getting hit with a C&D order and have to take it all offline.


  27. Vanwall says:

    Dougall – You are so right, Schmitz was an amazing author. The otters in “The Demon Breed” are integral protagonists and have wonderful personalities, very like what a talking, thinking otter would be like – especially the wild ones. The villians are wonderful creations, too, but the heroine, Nile, and the mutant otters some of the best creations in speculative fiction. One of his Agent of Vega novelettes, “The Second Night of Summer”, is one great read, like a whole world and everything in it distilled in seconds, so real and complete. And quite humorous, Schmitz had that aspect to almost every tale he wrote.

  28. Vanwall says:

    Here’s a link to “The Second Night of Summer”:


  29. Philipp Lenssen says:

    Here are the whole 800+ issues of Analog Science Fiction, also called Astounding Stories and other names in the beginning:


  30. Touched by FSM says:

    I was going to say that I didn’t recall this particular Redwall story, but now Dougall has me fired up to find the actual read…

  31. Anonymous says:

    God damn giant arboreal otters get all the babes.

  32. Anonymous says:

    definitely otters. But why is that woman climbing a tree in a bikini? that’s very impractical.

  33. RuthlessRuben says:

    Now that is the best one in the series so far, in my opinion. The 60ies were a pretty cool time after all, apparently.

  34. Anonymous says:

    my wife has been doing this for while, though not one a day, just when she can get to it. She’s been cleaning them up a bit as well, which can take some time!


  35. Drhaggis says:

    I choose to believe that he’s holding a pimp cane. Otters got swagger.

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