Sci-Fi Sundays: Analog, March 1969

As usual, Analog always shines when it comes to cover art. They've got the fantastic Kelly Freas who supplied rich and colorful depictions for many years. On top of that, the actual printing itself is of decent quality. If you compare this to the issue from the last article, you'll see that having your print lined up perfectly wasn't always the case for magazines like this.

I noticed that the pants on the illustration are tailored with a bit of detail around the tail. There's a snap and a zipper. I can't help but wonder if this was outlined explicitly in the story or if Freas, while illustrating, stopped to ponder how a pair of pants for a creature with a tail would work.

For the issues from my collection that happen to fall in the 60's through mid 70's, I really enjoy seeing what was actually going in the space program during the same period. For example, this issue was published in March of 1969. Readers would be enjoying this issue while also hearing about the Apolo 9 mission on the radio and TV. This was a period of firsts. Many of the flights were presenting large tasks, being done for the first time in space. Apallo 9 was the first space docking, which included transferring people between the modules. That's pretty wild. I can only imagine the wonder and excitement in the minds of the Sci-Fi community during this time.

Publication: Analog, Science Fiction Science Fact

Issue: March 1969, volume: LXXXII No. 1

Cover art: Kelly Freas

Kelly Freas for Trap

Note the tail clasp is in this illustration as well.

Kelly Freas for Trap

Leo Summers for Minitalent

Kelly Freas for Wolfling

Kelly Freas is famous in the world of illustration, and for good reason. Extremely talented, you'll find examples all over of a flexibility in style as well. Look at this illustration and compare it to the ones from the cover or other stories.

Kelly Freas for Wolfling

Leo Summers for Minitalent

It looks like I goofed this scan. I didn't (scanned it twice to make sure I got as much as possible!). This illustration goes into the binding, making it nearly impossible to get fully exposed without cracking the spine. It actually cuts off though, so that wouldn't yield a better picture anyway.

Leo Summers for From Fanaticism, Or For Reward

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  1. Before I read the copy, I was admiring the picture. I thought how well crafted the pants were to take into consideration the tail. But that would take some dexterity to get those pants zipped.

    Since the pull tab is at the base of the tail, the zipper is open at the waist of the pants. Then zipped from the waist to the tail opening. The snap/button is then fastened.

    All of this behind the back.

  2. Now you've done it. I'll have to take that issue off the shelf and re-read it.

    FWIW, Wolfling is being reprinted this year.

  3. Um, no comments on the guys fighting with lightsabers?
    Freas is awesome.

  4. I just tried mimicking your setup with an upside down hoodie behind my back, and it is surprisingly easy to zip! No assistance required.

  5. Lightsabres are (big shock) cheap imitations. At the same time too powerful and too limited.

    These suckers are good for one thing and one thing only: duelling between people who make Olympic fencers look like kids swinging cardboard tubes.

    Part of Dicksons' excellent concept is that the weapons can either attack or defend, BUT the position on the "blade" matters. Their lengths are dynamically adjustable, tapering from base (at where a guard would be) to the tip. The smaller the cross-section, the more powerful they are, so you can block the other's weapon only if you do so farther towards the tip than the point you intersect. Of course if you're quick you can shorten your "blade" to make that happen. If he doesn't do it before you do.

    In the end, speed kills. And, yes, that scene above is directly from the story. To the best of my memory Freas never illustrated a story he hadn't read, and although he did "mood" illustrations if there was action in the pic, the scene was in the story.

    I am, as always, delighted to be proven wrong. In this case doubly so because that would mean you had once again re-read one of those delightful old tales.

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