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Pennington hat trick

May 14, 2014

My latest charity shop haul includes three of those 1970s SF paperback editions I love so much. In this case it’s two Lin Carters (published by Orbit) and a Philip José Farmer (Panther), all boasting cover art by the mighty Bruce Pennington.


If previous experience is any guide – and if it’s not, then what is? – the Jandar books will be derivative and silly, but might contain bits and pieces adaptable for gaming purposes, even if it’s just a new monster or magic item. I expect more from The Stone God Awakens, by one of SF’s least predictable writers. The premise – scientist Ulysses Singing Bear gets turned to stone in 1985 and then somehow revived millions of years in the future, where (or rather when) he is treated as a deity by animal-people – sounds enjoyably bonkers.

In any event, the covers are gorgeous. I just wish someone hadn’t felt the need to number the Jandar volumes in biro.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Janie permalink
    May 15, 2014 9:57 am

    Fab covers!

  2. June 26, 2014 7:21 pm

    I’ve got the Lin Carter series. Spent much of 1991 drawing RPG maps/deck plans of sky ships, as I recall… but never actually used them in a campaign. It’s somewhat lowbrow fantasy (barely adult reading, except perhaps as a guilty secret) but with some neat ideas.

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