Sunday, August 21, 2011

Clifford D Simak: Cover Gallery

Clifford D. Simak was a multiple-award-winning author whose career as a science fiction writer lasted almost sixty years, his first story appearing in Wonder Stories in 1931 and his last novel 55 years later. Simak published 27 novels ranging from the galaxy-spanning Cosmic Engineers (originally serialised in Astounding in 1939) to more pastoral works, often set in the Wisconsin farmlands which proved his favourite milieu and the setting for many of his best novels and stories.

Simak won the Hugo Award for his novel Way Station and stories 'The Big Front Yard' (novelette, 1959) and 'Grotto of the Dancing Dear' (short story, 1981), the latter also winning the Nebula Award. He also received the International Fantasy Award for City, a collection of linked stories and my favourite of all Simak's works.

Simak was given the Science Fiction Writer's of America Grand Master Award in 1977. He died in 1988 but, thankfully, his short stories in particular have continued to appear since in collections. There is an ongoing series from Darkside Press that will gather together all of his short stories, including his almost impossible to find non-SF work.


The Creator (Los Angeles, CA, Crawford, 1946; expanded, Oakland, CA, Locus Press, 1981)
(no UK paperback edition)

Cosmic Engineers (New York, Gnome Press, 1950; London, Magnum, 1982)
Magnum 0417-05730-X, 1982, 159pp, £2.95. Cover by Chris Moore
----, [2nd imp.] (Oct) 1988, 159pp, £2.95.

Time and Again (New York, Simon and Schuster, 1951; London, Heinemann, 1956 ; as First He Died, New York, Dell, 1953)
Penguin 2596, 1967, 235pp, 5/-. Cover by Alan Aldridge
Magnum 0413-37580-X, 1977, 255pp, 75p. Cover by Tony Roberts
Methuen 0413-59980-9, (Dec) 1985, 255pp, £2.50.

Empire (New York, Galaxy, 1951)
(no UK paperback edition)

Ring Around the Sun (Simon and Schuster, 1953; London, World Distributors, 1960)
World Distributors 881, 1960, 190pp, 2/6.
Four Square Books 1971, Aug 1967, 192pp, 4/-. Cover by unknown
New English Library 0450-03367-8, 1979, 205pp. [with an introduction by Harry Harrison]
Mandarin 0749-30353-0, (Jul) 1990, 205pp, £3.50. Cover by Alex Pang

Time Is the Simplest Thing (Garden City, New York, Doubleday, 1961; London, Gollancz, 1962)
Pan Books X340, 1964, 205pp, 3/6. Cover by unknown
Methuen Paperbacks 0413-36950-1, 1977, 191pp, 70p. Cover by Chris Moore
Magnum 0417-05630-3, 1980, 191pp.
Methuen 0413-42420-0, (Dec) 1986, 191pp, £1.95.

The Trouble with Tycho (New York, Ace, 1961)
(no UK paperback edition; the Ace edition was, however, distributed in the UK)

They Walked like Men (Garden City, New York, Doubleday, 1962; London, Gollancz, 1963)
Pan Books X425, 1965, 219pp, 3/6.

Way Station (Garden City, New York, Doubleday, 1963; London, Gollancz, 1964)
Pan Books X572, 1966, 207pp.
----, [xth imp.] 1973.
Methuen Paperbacks 0413-36900-5, 1976, 189pp, 65p. Cover by Chris Moore
Oxford University Press/Alpha Books 0194-24237-4, 1979, 95pp. [adapted by  Rosemary Wagner]
Methuen, c.1982, 189pp, £1.95. Cover by Chris Moore
Victor Gollancz 0575-07138-9, (Oct) 2000, 188pp, £9.99. Cover: design

All Flesh Is Grass (Garden City, New York, Doubleday, 1965; London, Gollancz, 1966)
Pan Books 0330-02042-0, 1968, 255pp. Cover: photo
Magnum 0417-02170-4, 1979, 255pp, 95p. Cover by Chris Moore
Methuen 0413-59990-6, (Dec) 1985, 254pp, £2.50.

Why Call Them Back from Heaven? (Garden City, New York, Doubleday, 1967; London, Gollancz, 1967)
Pan Books 0330-02515-5, 1970, 191pp, 5/-.
----, [2nd imp.] 1977, 191pp, 60p. Cover by Gino d'Achile
Methuen 0413-55600-X, 1985, 191pp, £1.95.

The Werewolf Principle (New York, Putnam, 1967; London, Gollancz, 1968)
Pan Books 0330-02617-8, 1971, 190pp, 5/-.
Methuen 0413-55590-9, 1985, 192pp, £1.95.

The Goblin Reservation (New York, Putnam, 1968; London, Rapp & Whiting, 1969)
Corgi Books 0552-08610-X, 1971, 160pp, 20p. Cover by Bruce Pennington
Methuen 0413-14530-1, (Mar) 1987, 192pp, £2.50. Cover by Melvyn Grant (Peter Jones?)

Out of Their Minds (New York, Putnam, 1970; London, Sidgwick & Jackson, 1972)
Sidgwick & Jackson 0283-98125-3, 1973, 175pp, 40p. Cover by Bruce Pennington
Methuen 0413-15320-7, (Sep) 1987, 174pp, £2.50.

Destiny Doll (New York, Putnam, 1971; London, Sidgwick & Jackson, 1972)
Sidgwick & Jackson 0283-98126-1, 1973, 189pp. Cover by Bruce Pennington?

A Choice of Gods (New York, Putnam, 1971; London, Sidgwick & Jackson, 1973)
Magnum 0417-01710, 1977, 158pp, 70p. Cover by Chris Moore

Cemetery World (New York, Putnam, 1973; London, Sidgwick & Jackson, 1975)
Magnum 0417-02040-6, 1977, 191pp.
Methuen 0413-41990-8, (Mar) 1987, 190pp, £2.50.

Our Children's Children (New York, Putnam, 1974; London, Sidgwick & Jackson, 1975)
Methuen 0413-54770-1, 1984, 186pp.
Mandarin 0749-30592-4, (Jan) 1991, 185pp, £3.99.

Enchanted Pilgrimage (New York, Berkley, 1975; London, Sidgwick & Jackson, 1976)
Fontana 0006-14827-1, 1977, 218pp, 75p. Cover by Colin Hay
Methuen 0413-57690-6, 1985, 224pp.
Mandarin 0749-30078-7, (Dec) 1990, 218pp, £3.99. Cover by Peter Elson

Shakespeare's Planet (New York, Berkley, 1976; London, Sidgwick & Jackson, 1977)
Magnum 0417-01960-2, 1978, 188pp, 75p. Cover by Chris Moore
Methuen 0413-41980-0, (Sep) 1986, 187pp, £2.50.

A Heritage of Stars (New York, Berkley, 1977; London, Sidgwick & Jackson, 1978)
Magnum 0417-02840-7, 1979, 219pp, 95p. Cover by Chris Moore
Methuen 0413-58800-9, (May) 1986, 219pp, £2.50.Cover by Chris Moore

The Fellowship of the Talisman (New York, Ballantine, 1978; London, Sidgwick & Jackson, 1980)
(no UK paperback edition?)

Mastodonia (New York, Ballantine, 1978; as Catface, London, Sidgwick & Jackson, 1978)
Magnum-0417-05060-7, (Aug) 1980, 251pp, £1.25. Cover by Chris Moore
----, [2nd imp.], (Jun) 1982, 251pp, £1.50.
Mandarin 0749-30599-1, (Mar) 1991, 251pp, £3.99.

The Visitors (New York, Ballantine, 1980; London, Sidgwick & Jackson, 1981)
Methuen 0417-05630-2, 1982, 282pp, £1.75.

Project Pope (New York, Ballantine, 1981; London, Sidgwick & Jackson, 1981)
New English Library in association with Sidgwick & Jackson 0283-98881-9, 1982, 287pp, £1.75.

Special Deliverance (New York, Ballantine, 1982; London, Severn House, 1983)
Methuen 0413-53560-6, 1984, 217pp, £1.95. Cover by Chris Moore

Where the Evil Dwells (New York, Ballantine, 1982; London, Severn House, 1984)
Methuen 0413-58640-5, 1985, 249pp, £2.50.
Mandarin 0749-30079-5, (Aug) 1989, 249pp, £3.50.

Highway of Eternity (New York, Ballantine, 1986; as Highway to Eternity, London, Severn House, 1987)
Mandarin 0749-30038-8, (Jun) 1989, 289pp, £2.99. Cover by unknown


City (New York, Gnome Press, 1952; London, Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 1954; expanded edition, New York, Ace, 1981; London, Methuen, 1988)
Four Square Books 1250, 1965, 188pp, 3/6. Cover by unknown
Sphere 0722-17857-3, 1971, 248pp., 30p. Cover by Eddie Jones
Magnum 0417-06540-X, 1982, 248pp, £1.50. Cover by Chris Moore
Methuen 0413-14630-8, (Aug) 1988, 254pp, £3.50. Cover by Nick Rogers
Mandarin 0749-30589-4, (Feb) 1991, 254pp, £3.99.

Strangers in the Universe (New York, Simon and Schuster, 1956; abridged, New York, Berkley, 1957; different abridgement, London, Faber & Faber, 1958)
Panther Books 1332, 1962, 191pp, 2/6. [abridged as per Faber edition]

The Worlds of Clifford Simak (New York, Simon and Schuster, 1960; in two vols. as The Worlds of Clifford Simak and Other Worlds of Clifford Simak, New York, Avon, 1961-62; abridged edition, as Aliens for Neighbours, London, Faber & Faber, 1961)
Four Square Books 929, 1963, 159pp, 2/6. Cover by unknown

All the Traps of Earth and Other Stories (Garden City, New York, Doubleday, 1962; in two vols., as All the Traps of Earth and The Night of the Puudly [see below]; abridged, New York, Macfadden, 1963)
Four Square Books 993, 1964, 143pp, 2/6. Cover by Curtis
----, [2nd imp.] Apr 1965.
New English Library, [3rd imp.] Aug 1968, 143pp, 3/6. Cover photo

The Night of the Puudly
Four Square Boks 1040, 1964, 143pp
----, [2nd imp.] 1965, 143pp, 3/6. Cover by unknown
NEL 1040, [3rd imp.] 1968, 143pp, 3/6.

Worlds Without End (New York, Belmont, 1964; London, Herbert Jenkins, 1965)
(no UK paperback edition?)

Best Science Fiction Stories of Clifford Simak (London, Faber & Faber, 1967)
(no UK paperback edition?)

So Bright the Vision (New York, Ace Books, 1968; London, Magnum, 1978)
Magnum 0417-02360-X, 1978, 159pp, 70p. Cover by Chris Moore
Methuen 0417-02360-X, 1985, 159pp, £1.95. Cover by Chris Moore

The Best of Clifford D. Simak, edited by Angus Wells (London, Sidgwick & Jackson, 1975)
Sphere 0722-18936-0, 1975, 253pp, 60p. Cover by Eddie Jones

Skirmish: The Great Short Fiction of Clifford D. Simak (New York, Putnam, 1977)
(no UK paperback edition)

The Marathon Photograph and Other Stories, edited by Francis Lyall (London, Severn House, 1986)
Methuen 0413-59060-7, (Jun) 1987, 171pp, £2.50. Cover by Chris Moore

Brother and Other Stories, edited by Francis Lyall (London, Severn House, 1986)
Methuen 0413-17760-2, (Dec) 1988, 176pp, £2.95.

Off-Planet, edited by Francis Lyall (London, Methuen, 1988)
Mandarin 0749-30099-X, (Sep) 1989, 224pp, £3.50. Cover by Chris Moore

The Autumn Land and Other Stories, edited by Francis Lyall
Mandarin 0749-30185-6, (Feb) 1990, 172pp, £3.50.

Immigrant and Other Stories, edited by Francis Lyall
Mandarin 0749-30644-0, (Aug) 1991, 189pp, £3.99.

The Creator and Other Stories, edited by Francis Lyall (Sutton, Surrey, Severn House, 1993)
Severn House 0727-89004-2, 1994, 288pp, £8.99.

Over the River & Through the Woods (San Francisco, CA, Tachyon Publications/Dark Regions Press, 1996)
(no UK paperback edition)

The Civilisation Game and Other Stories, edited by Francis Lyall (Sutton, Surrey, Severn House, 1997)
(no UK paperback edition)

Eternity Lost, edited by Philip Stephensen-Payne (Seattle, Washington, Darkside Press, 2005)
(no UK paperback edition)

Physician to the Universe, edited by Philip Stephensen-Payne (Seattle, Washington, Darkside Press, 2006)
(no UK paperback edition)

Hellhounds of the Cosmos and Other Tales from the Fourth Dimension (Holicong, Pennsylvania, Wildside Pulp Classics, 2011)
(no UK paperback edition)


The Solar System: Our New Front Yard (for children) (New York, St. Martin's Press, 1962)
(no UK paperback edition)

Trilobite, Dinosaur, and Man: The Earth's Story (New York, St. Martin's Press, 1966; London, Macmillan, 1967)
(no UK paperback edition)

Wonder and Glory: The Story of the Universe (New York, St. Martin's Press, 1969)
(no UK paperabck edition)

Prehistoric Man (New York, St. Martin's Press, 1971)
(no UK paperback edition)


From Atoms to Infinity: Readings in Modern Science (New York, Harper & Row, 1965)
(no UK paperback edition)

The March of Science: 37 Articles on Modern Science (New York, Harper & Row, 1969)
(no UK paperback edition)

Nebula Award Stories 6 (Garden City, New York, Doubleday, 1971; London, Gollancz, 1971)
Panther Books 0586-03797-7, 1973, 190pp, 35p. Cover by Chris Foss


  1. Phil Stephensen-Payne21 Aug 2011, 17:17:00

    I'm afraid it's a bit optimistic to say "There is an ongoing series from Darkside Press..." - only two of the planned volumes appeared, the second five years ago now, and there is no sign the publisher will do the remaining volumes.

  2. I'd really like to know who Curtis (the illustrator of the cover of "all the traps of earth" is or was. Nice cover and original style, very similar to that of Simak's City that is one of my favorite covers ever.

  3. Hi Brino,

    I know nothing about Curtis but I have found another cover, which I'll post on Saturday along with a request for information.



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