FIRST MEN IN THE MOON (H.G. Wells)

First Men in the Moon Pocket BOOK COVER

Above cover by Ballantine Books, Inc., 1964


DISCUSSION

Unique to the above edition of H.G. Wells's classic science fiction space novel is the cover painting. The artist has a pair of astronauts suited in the technology of the 1960s with the fantastic "cavorite" spaceship of Wells's Victorian era. The craft looks more like a deep sea diving vessel than a Moon rocket. The many viewing ports and landing legs are included to compensate for the absence of an orientation control system. Imagine Neil Armstrong and Edwin Aldrin having landed (or more appropriately "rolled down") in the pictured spaceship. Their survival would have been more miraculous than Wells's invention of the antigravity material "cavorite."


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