Paperback 161: Amazing Stories (December, 1956)
- Contains: "A World of His Own" by Robert Silverberg and "Tracking Level" by Harlan Ellison
- Cover artist: Ed Valigursky
Best things about this cover:
- In the future, "Deal or No Deal" is a lot more interesting.
- I'm pretty sure those ladies were not born ladies - it's nice to see that, in the future, transsexual and transgendered people will have steady work as game show hostesses
- Man, that guy really wants to kill Howie Mandel. But then who doesn't?
- This picture does not make it appear as if "Women Were His Pawns." Unless he's forcing them to act out some adolescent fantasy of his - I guess that's possible
Best things about this back cover:
- I own one of these books!
- Never before has the word "ANY" looked so exciting
- If you don't look closely, you can almost miss the flying saucer mountain scape in the background
- Love the unnecessary quotation marks around "top drawer" - do not love the quotation marks that open with "Handsome ... and then never close. Spine-tingling!
- Ad copy always hyphenates "science-fiction," while the book covers themselves Never do. Eeeeerie.
- I love how specific they are about the amount I would normally be paying ... "$8.65, you say ... oh my."
- "Would you ... become a peeping tom?" - they really know their audience, I think
- "The Space Club" appears to be a kind of asexual personals section for the Nerdiest People On Earth.