Friday Face Off: Scifi written in 1975 or before

Friday Face Off

The Friday Face-Off was originally created by Books by Proxy:
each Friday, bloggers showcase book covers on a weekly theme.
Visit Lynn’s Books (@LynnsBooks) for a list of upcoming themes.
Please visit also Tammy at Books, Bones & Buffy (@tammy_sparks)
thanks to whom I discovered this meme.

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This week, the theme is “Scifi written in 1975 or before”

As soon as I saw the theme, I thought of this book, as I cohosted a readalong on it, and it was published in 1969.
And how lucky I am, there are so so many of amazing book covers on it.
Here is just a sample of the most striking.
I circled my favorite one.

Click on the picture if you want to identify the various editions
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Friday face off scifi

I am amazed at the diversity of covers.
Some just go with the strain idea (#20), without giving any clue of the space aspect.
Some focus only on the space dimension (#23), even in a rather romantic way (#19).
#17 is my favorite because of all the details, artistically put together.

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Have you read this book?
Next Friday: a murder mystery in space


16 thoughts on “Friday Face Off: Scifi written in 1975 or before

    • Highly recommended if you like scifi. You can have a look at the beginning of our readalong to have a better idea.
      #11 is actually a Bulgarian edition. The 15th is Russian. Yes, quite striking!!


  1. Ooh I still have to read this. I like the first one but then biohazard always gets my attention 🙂

    The third one from the last I like too although it more looks like a UFO vibe…

    Oh, and you asked on my blog if I had read Flood. I have not but it sounds so interesting (and timely)!


  2. Oh wow, these covers really do focus on all sorts of aspects of the story. I read the first one, and I do like the minimal aspect of that cover. I wonder if my expectation would have changed if I read one of the alternate covers.


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  4. Wow Emma thanks for displaying all the different book covers, fascinating. I’m not sure I will get round to pick up any of the Scifi by Michael Crichton . It looks like an interesting read but I will pass for now since I still have too many books to go through right now . I recently started watching Manifest on Netflix and that is taking up quite a lot of time, wish there were a book….


    • Ah yes, I read a lot, because I chose not to have TV, nor Netflix or the like.
      The Andromeda Strain was a great book, and we had a fantastic readalong on it. I want to read more by the same author, I guess Jurassic Park is a must!

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