See London, New York, Balloons, Authors ...
29 March 2014
With the 2014 London
Worldcon getting closer, we thought it would be fun to put
together a slideshow of London
cover-art images as a new feature of the SF Encyclopedia
Gallery -- and
here it is. Naturally, once the ever-obsessive David Langford had upgraded the Gallery
with a themed slideshow option, we couldn't stop at just one. John
Clute and Roger Robinson scanned and uploaded more
and more covers and invented new themes. "Images of New York" soon
followed, and "Author, Author" with depictions of many authors from
the front covers of books, not necessarily their own. (Back-jacket
photos are too easy.) See below for the complete current list.
There are more in preparation: for example, we haven't yet
unearthed quite enough images for "Talking Squid in Outer
These slideshows are accessible from the Gallery front page via
a pulldown menu at the bottom of the upper right-hand display pane,
titled (with cunning misdirection) "Themed Slideshows". You can
inspect any theme as a set of cover thumbnails by checking the
"Show as list" box before selecting the theme.
The rule of the Picture Gallery is that all covers must come
from SF Encyclopedia Checklists (including "about the
author" and "further reading"), which do not show routine reprints
but only first editions, first English translations, significant
revisions, variant titles and so on. This disqualifies many covers.
Also, some themes may be lacking an otherwise perfect cover
illustration because it hasn't yet been scanned for the Gallery --
or, horror of horrors, is indeed somewhere among our nearly 10,000
images but has so far been missed by the purblind editors. Feel
free to put us right.
As always, new SFE features are free but we don't
object in the slightest to spontaneous