Leo & Diane Dillon’s fantastic cover wood cut for Joanna Russ’ very strange story of what telepathy feels like and an over-crowded, over-comfortable future earth teetering on the edge of exhaustion and collapse.
Chris Foss cover for the 1st edition (Ace) of the James Tiptree Jr’s 1973 debut, 10,000 Light Years from Home. This is a great collection, by the way, if you can deal with the extreme spaceships-and-aliens sci-fi-ness of it. Tiptree aka Alice Sheldon is a great stylist, unafraid of experimentation, handles interesting subtexts gracefully, and is able to be simultaneously warmly entertaining and actually pretty totally dark, usually via overriding black humor.
The ridiculous pulp-cool wrap-around cover for the second Dumarest novel by E.C. Tubb. This is the 1976 Arrow re-print (cover artist?) but the original 1973 UK release (also Arrow) had its own totally sweet cover art from Chris Yates.
Quite possibly Michael Moorcock’s best novel, combining Moorcock’s visions of isolation and psychosis during a three-year interstellar voyage with his then-wife Hilary Bailey’s descriptions of the world in collapse. Both sections compliment eachother beautifully, I’d say.
First UK edition, Mayflower 1969, cover artist unknown.
Original Bantam mass market paperback of Joanna Russ’ The Female Man (selected by Frederick Pohl alongside Samuel Delaney’s Dhalgren among others!)
If you’re me, which I am, this will have almost everything you’re looking for in science fiction: post-modern experimentation, sharp social discourse (here, on gender identity), flights of surrealism, and amazing 70s psychedelia cover design.