Worlds Beyond Time

Sci-Fi Art of the 1970s


A visual history of the spaceships, alien landscapes, cryptozoology, and imagined industrial machinery of 1970s paperback sci-fi art


ISBN: 9781419748691 Category:

Adam Rowe


In the 1970s, mass-produced, cheaply printed science fiction novels were thriving. The paper was rough, the titles outrageous, and the cover art astounding. Over the course of the decade, a stable of talented painters, comic book artists, and designers produced thousands of the most eye-catching book covers to ever grace bookstore shelves (or spinner racks). Curiously, the pieces commissioned for these covers often had very little to do with the contents of the books they were selling, but by leaning heavily on psychedelic imagery, far-out landscapes, and trippy surrealism, the art was able to satisfy the same space-race fueled appetite for the big ideas and brave new worlds that sci-fi writers were boldly pushing forward.

Additional information

Weight 1236 g
Dimensions 23.7 x 28.4 cm
Publisher name ABRAMS
Publication date 27 July 2023
Number of pages 224
Format Hardback
Dimensions 23.7 x 28.4 cm
Weight 1236 g


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Adam Rowe is a senior writer at and a former Forbes contributor on publishing and the business of storytelling. He has also written for iO9, Popular Mechanics,, and the Barnes & Noble Sci-Fi & Fantasy Blog. In 2018 he was a Digital Book World Award nominee for Publishing Commentator of the Year. Rowe curates the popular, multi-platform 70s Sci-Fi Art feed, bringing the best in retro sci-fi art to more than 100,000 Instagram followers. He lives in Seattle.