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Rayguns and Rocketships
Rayguns and Rocketships

Rayguns and Rocketships

Vintage Science Fiction Book Cover Art



384 Pages, 6.25 x 9.25

Formats: Cloth

Cloth, $39.95 (US $39.95) (CA $53.95)

Publication Date: February 2022

ISBN 9781912740048

Rights: US, CA & CAR

Korero Press (Feb 2022)

Not Yet Published. Estimated release date: February 2022


Rayguns and rockets! Spacesuited dames caught in the tentacles of evil insectoid aliens! Who could resist such wonders? Science fiction paperbacks exploded over the 1940s and \u201950s literary landscape with the force of an alien gamma bomb. Titles such as Rodent Mutation!, Beyond the Galaxy, Dawn of the Mutants and Mushroom Men from Mars appeared from fly-by-night publishers making the most of the end of postwar paper rationing. They were brash and seductive – for a shilling the future was yours.Despite the punishing deadlines and poor pay, the books' cover artists managed to produce artworks of multihued, brain-bending brilliance, and collected here is some of the best of their output during an unparalleled period of brash optimism and opportunism in book publishing. Beware the space fiend!

Author Biography

Rian Hughes is an award-winning graphic designer, illustrator, comic artist, writer, and typographer who has worked extensively for the British and American advertising, music, and comic book industries. His recent books include Custom Lettering of the \u201820s and \u201930s, Soho Dives, Soho Divas, and XX: A Novel, Graphic. He has an extensive collection of Thunderbirds memorabilia, a fridge full of vodka, and a stack of easy listening albums which he plays very quietly in his home in London.