The Explanation
(for those who require one)

And, of course, that is what all of this is -- all of this: the one song, ever changing, ever reincarnated, that speaks somehow from and to and for that which is ineffable within us and without us, that is both prayer and deliverance, folly and wisdom, that inspires us to dance or smile or simply to go on, senselessly, incomprehensibly, beatifically, in the face of mortality and the truth that our lives are more ill-writ, ill-rhymed and fleeting than any song, except perhaps those songs -- that song, endlesly reincarnated -- born of that truth, be it the moon and June of that truth, or the wordless blue moan, or the rotgut or the elegant poetry of it. That nameless black-hulled ship of Ulysses, that long black train, that Terraplane, that mystery train, that Rocket '88', that Buick 6 -- same journey, same miracle, same end and endlessness."
-- Nick Tosches, Where Dead Voices Gather

The Art of Science Fiction #1

4 comments :

Perry Middlemiss said...

Very crisp, clean cover. If you want a massive collection all in one place have a look at

http://www.coverpop.com/visco.php

Takes a while to load but it's a nice way to waste a few hours.

Tom Sutpen said...

Holy cats!!

There's enough 'Art of . . . ' material for the next decade here!

Thanks for letting me know about this site (and feel free to recommend other good image sources; though it's hard to imagine many as rich as this)

Perry Middlemiss said...

I've got a huge collection of old sf magazines stacked away on the bookshelves and I don't get to them too often. So this coverpop site is a good way to remind myself of them.

Anyway, don't let the existence of this site dissuade you from posting further sf magazine covers. This one was great.

Vanwall said...

That site IS awesome. My precious time just flew out the winda.

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