" In this universe the night was falling; the shadows were lengthening towards an east that would not know another dawn. But elsewhere the stars were still young and the light of morning lingered; and along the path he once had followed, Man would one day go again"

Arthur C. Clarke Against the Fall of Night

Friday, November 25, 2016

David Kyle 1919-2016

I just learned that David Kyle passed away in Sept 2016. The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction notes that he was a member of First Fandom and a writer, publisher, and illustrator. He was, with Martin Greenberg, a founder of Gnome Press perhaps the greatest of all the SF small presses. It also has some of the coolest book covers. He was the author of three authorized adventures in E.E. "Doc" Smith Lensmen series each devoted to one of the non-human Second Stage Lensman. Some 20 years ago I received a number of books on SF film and illustration from a friend. It was two books by Kyle that I consider largely responsible for my interest in the history of SF and its appearance in pulp magazines. They also help convert me from a reader of SF to someone who actively collected a wide range of SF titles and authors.



Ideas & Dreams: cover based on Amazing Stories 
cover (May 1944) by Malcolm Smith

Science Fiction: cover based on Thrilling Wonder Stories 
cover (Oct. 1936) by Howard V. Brown

Left: Back cover by Frank R. Paul appeared in  
Amazing Stories (Dec. 1941) Serenis, Water City of Callisto

Right: Back cover by Frank R. Paul appeared in  
Amazing Stories (April 1942) A city in the 21st Century

To  see more of Paul's Wonderful images please see the link 
below to the great blog Battered, Tattered, Yellowed & Creased.


The Second Stage Lensmen Books, Bantam, 1980-1983
The cover artist for two out of three is Bob Larkin

Some Gnome Press Titles

Children of the Atom, cover by Frank Kelley Frease (1953)

City, cover by Frank Kelley Frease (1952)

Cosmic Engineers, cover by Edd Cartier (1950)

Iceworld, cover by Ric Binkley (1953)

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