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1956 Cover Astounding Science Fiction Art Frank Kelly Freas James H YSFC3

1956 Cover Astounding Science Fiction Art Frank Kelly Freas James H YSFC3

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Please note that this is a cover only!

This is an original color cover for Astounding Science Fiction, November, 1956 that featured artwork depicting a crew of astronauts from author James H. Schmitz's short story entitled, Sour Note On Palayata. The astronaut in the bottom right hand corner can be seen using the ship's lavatory.


This 56+ year old Item is rated Very Fine +. Light fading throughout piece. Light creasing. Small tear - left margin.

  • Product Type: Original Cover; Color
  • Grade: Very Fine +
  • Dimensions: Approximately 5.25 x 7.25 inches; 13 x 18 cm
  • Authentication: Serial-Numbered Certificate of Authenticity w/ Full Provenance
  • Protection: Packaged in a custom archival sleeve with an acid-free black board (great for display, gift-giving, and preservation)

To infinity and beyond! Period Paper is excited to launch, (pun intended), a collection of 1950s era Astounding Science Fiction magazine covers that feature artwork that's truly out-of-this-world! Initially published in 1929, Astounding Science Fiction , (later changed to Analog Science Fact & Fiction in 1960), is the longest running, continuously published magazine of the sci-fi genre. As if that factoid wasn't impressive enough, issues of the magazine can even be found, (probably floating), inside the library of the International Space Station! Blast off and enjoy orbiting through the breathtaking, (there's no air in space remember?), artwork by stars such as Frank Kelly Freas, Henry Richard Van Dongen, and Ed Emshwiller. Try not to make a total ass-tronaut out of yourself as you enjoy pointing and mocking the Leeminorrians, Tenebrans, Centrans, Martian, and other alien lifeforms you encounter! Wander through the Kyrt fields of Florina, feel the weight of Mesklin's gravity, or sail the seas of Rathe! But make sure to watch out for cross-dressing, prairie-bonnet wearing, slave traders of the Wizard crime syndicate (Houston, we have a problem)! Even with everything this "final frontier" has to see and explore, there's simply no need to "light speed" your way through it. So, to continue your interplanetary cruise, (trust us, it's not rocket science), simply click on the link provided below the condition paragraph.

This piece was illustrated by Freas, Frank Kelly. There is no visible artist signature.

Keywords specific to this image: Author, Short Story, Literature, Pilot, Outer Space, Sci-Fi, Astronaut, Crew, Smoking, Tobacco, Cigarette, Uniform, Headset, Earphones, Technology, Control Panel, Cockpit, Aviation, Futuristic, Sour Note On Palayata, Instruments, Captain, Chair, Bridge, Command Deck, Galaxy, Spacecraft

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