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Tiger! Tiger!(From the book "Solar Wind volume 2")
By : Deborah Susan Jones : Editor
One of the true classic stories of the SF genre and it's cover art.
Originally written in 1955, in Tiger, Tiger, later retitled "The Stars My Destination" author Alfred Bester's vision of the future envisages people Jaunting, or using thought to teleport themselves, and where the rich barricade themselves in from the less fortunates and defend themselves with radioactive bodyguards.
Reissued in Penguin Classic Science Fiction in November 1987 with a cover illustration by the artist the story largely focuses on one man's personal grudge.
A wrecked spaceship.
A sole survivor.
Gully Foyle. Mechanic's Mate 3rd Class.
Stranded and abandoned in deepest space after the spaceship he is on board is attacked, The Vorga, a sister ship, passes by, ignoring his distress communications.
Vowing revenge after 170 days stranded alone in deep space, he returns to Earth after refuge on the Sargasso Asteroid vowing to hunt down the crew the owners of the Vorga and indeed, pretty much everyone and anyone . . . .
It is a deeply complex story, so complex, illustrating the cover for the Penguin edition might have proved a significant challenge had it not been for the fact that the artist had developed techniques for cutting through the wordy jungles of authors and the painting uses two juxtaposed key elements from the story to avoid being dragged into the complexities of the story.
Along the way, in his various complex relationships, rivalries, battles and other involvements Foyle has his face tattooed like a Tiger. All this takes place against the backdrop of his abandonment in space.
This is simplified by being presented as a star system fashioned to be a Tiger's face in structure with the spaceship that is ignoring his distress calls speeding away towards you, the viewer.
The implication perhaps being that Foyle will be coming after YOU, aiding and abetting his abandonment by virtue of your passivity as a reader?
Foyle's face, fiercely staring at you as you sit, reading, ignoring his plight, is impactful, whilst the contrasting element, the speeding, sleek spaceship that ignores his distress, streaks towards you, perhaps implying that, should you be in some compromised position while reading the book, that it will pass you by, and ignore you, just as it has passed by and ignored Foyle.
As with so many of the artist's book cover illustrations it takes totally obvious and classic science fiction visual elements, in this cases a starscape and a spaceship, in themselves predictable oft-repeated and therefore somewhat unremarkable in themselves and by re-engineering one, the background element, and adding dynamism to the other, the foreground element, produces a simple and impactful image that encapsulates the basic storyline of the book.
Painted in the artist's inimitable "Acryloil" technique it combines classic hard edged science fiction space hardware styling set against softer oil painted and airbrushed passages for the starscape. The Acryloil technique, allowing as it does the reliable and free inter-mixture and interleaving of both oil and water-based paints is ideal for rendering the variety of textures needed to present the visual stotyline here.
The signature PAJ style!
Deborah Susan Jones