Away and Beyond, by A.E. van Vogt – 1963 [Richard Powers]


The Great Engine – Astounding Science Fiction, 1943

The Great Judge – Fantasy Book, 1948

Secret Unattainable – Astounding Science Fiction, 1942

The Harmonizer – Astounding Science Fiction, 1944

The Second Solution – Astounding Science Fiction, 1942

Film Library – Astounding Science Fiction, 1946

Asylum – Astounding Science Fiction, 1942

Beyond Fantasy Fiction – July, 1953 (Richard Powers)


The first issue of Horace Gold’s Beyond Fantasy Fiction featured cover art from the stylistically unique and extraordinarily imaginative Richard Powers.  Typical of much of Powers’ work, the finished painting features a variety of organic elements combined with arbitrarily curved, streamlined, ostensibly mechanical objects.  Akin to many of his works, the recognizable “human” form is kept to a minimum, in terms of size and prominence: In this example, the only human being is in the diminutive form of a woman exiting the scene, at the lower left.  An upraised human hand, visible through a doorway, adds an air of mystery and symbolism – of what? – to the scene. 

For another example of Powers’ work, see this post