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21 November 2015 @ 05:13 am
Unfriendly Powers  
I never judged a book by its cover. Back in the days when you could buy books in the quaint old mass-market paperback format at actual bookstores, I would go to the science fiction section and look for names and descriptions, recognizing that the publishers had to put certain kinds of pictures on the front to indicate what sort of book it was, but the words were the important part.

In retrospect, I now realize that I had to look at (or pretty much through) a number of covers that told us the future would be gaunt, misshapen, and just plain ugly. A few years ago I joined the Vintage Paperback mailing list, which sends us a picture of an old book every day, and I realized that the ugly-sci-fi covers were done by a man named Richard Powers (with perhaps a few by artists trying to imitate him).

Once again I am in the minority. He was the Discorporate Artist GoH at World Fantasy Con, where they had a video display of one of his covers after another (from which I learned that he didn’t have to draw like that), and now I learn that he has been inducted into the Society of Illustrators Hall of Fame.

Thanx to Tor.com.
Kalimac: puzzlekalimac on November 21st, 2015 11:45 am (UTC)
How are you on the Dillons?
El Coyote Gordo: thumbsupergee on November 21st, 2015 12:33 pm (UTC)
I like them. (Minority there, too; it is widely believed that they killed the Ace Specials.)
Sherwood Smithsartorias on November 21st, 2015 01:15 pm (UTC)
Wow. How I hated those cover then, and they sure haven't grown on me.
athenais on November 22nd, 2015 03:01 am (UTC)
I have had several friends who were nuts about Richard Powers. I always felt I must be too unsophisticated an art appreciator to "get" him. Now I just say no, I don't care for his work at all. And I loved the Dillon covers.
eub on November 23rd, 2015 07:58 am (UTC)
I don't dislike his art, but it often seems un-fitting to the book to me. There's a flavor of SF where it fits, but it was applied much more broadly than that.

I do actively like some, like this cover.

Edited at 2015-11-23 08:12 am (UTC)