Thursday, 3 March 2011
The Black Cloud
I’ve never read my copy of Fred Hoyle's ‘The Black Cloud’ - the “science fiction by a scientist” tag instantly puts me off to be honest. But I like looking at it a lot.
According to the excellent Art of Penguin Science Fiction website, this was one of the first Penguin SF book to incorporate a cover illustration (following a few iconic Wyndham and Kneale titles), and the first that allowed a picture to interfere with the orange borders. I love the idea of readers flicking through a rack of neat, identikit Penguins, suddenly seeing this black cloud looming on the horizon…