In addition to this website, the art of Penguin science fiction is explored in a series of articles in The Penguin Collector. These begin with the early years from Erewhon to Quatermass and continue with the Marber grid, the Penguin Science Fiction series and Germano Facetti's use of abstract and surrealist paintings on the books' front covers. Invariably subtle, often ingenious and sometimes playful, Facetti's linkage of contents to cover art set the sf series apart and introduced a new look for Penguin Books which was later extended to the « Penguin Modern Classics ».

The Art of Penguin Science Fiction The Art of Penguin Science Fiction

Published in The Penguin Collector, December 2008.
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The Art of More Penguin Science Fiction The Art of More Penguin Science Fiction

Published in The Penguin Collector, June 2009.
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The Art of Yet More Penguin Science Fiction The Art of Yet More Penguin Science Fiction

Published in The Penguin Collector, December 2009.
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Art and Penguin sf also converge in the work of the artist Harland Miller, whose large-scale paintings based on vintage Penguin covers were exhibited at London's White Cube gallery in 2002. Wake Up and Smell the Coffin uses the cover layout and 'good insomniac science fiction' strapline from the 1961 Penguin edition of John Blackburn's « A Scent of New-Mown Hay » as the backdrop for Miller's take on Edgar Allan Poe's non-sf story The Premature Burial. The painting was part of a Poe-themed exhibition Miller co-curated at White Cube in 2008, and a modified version was used on the cover of « The Pit and the Pendulum: The Essential Poe » which Penguin published in 2009. Miller kept the sf strapline for a new version of the painting in 2010, which used the 1940s landscape format of the 'Penguin Modern Painters' series.

HARLAND MILLER Wake Up and Smell the Coffin Wake Up and Smell the Coffin

Harland Miller

2008

To mark the fiftieth anniversary of A Clockwork Orange in 2012, Penguin's former art director David Pelham has recreated his famous image of the novel's 'cog-eyed droog' as a limited edition signed print.

DAVID PELHAM A Clockwork Orange A Clockwork Orange

David Pelham

Limited edition signed print.
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Pelham has also released limited edition signed prints of his 1970s Ballard paintings. The prints are reproduced actual size from Pelham's original paintings, which Ballard described as 'tremendously evocative' and 'a remarkable series'.

DAVID PELHAM The Drowned World The Drowned World

David Pelham

Limited edition signed print.
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DAVID PELHAM The Terminal Beach The Terminal Beach

David Pelham

Limited edition signed print.
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DAVID PELHAM The Four-Dimensional Nightmare The Four-Dimensional Nightmare

David Pelham

Limited edition signed print.
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DAVID PELHAM The Drought The Drought

David Pelham

Limited edition signed print.
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DAVID PELHAM Flying to Wake Island Flying to Wake Island

David Pelham

Limited edition signed print.
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