You can blame John O’Neill of BLACK GATE for bringing this wonderful postcard set to our attention. One hundred classic Penguin paperback covers on 100 postcards! Nothing says Holiday Gift like a cool box wet like this! Buy the Penguin Science Fiction Postcards before this astonishing set sells out!


  1. Cap'n Bob

    Perfect! I send out two postcards a week and these would be perfect for one of my recipients! Thanks for the heads up!

  2. Wolf Böhrendt

    The first picture with that really simple design brings back memories …
    I bought quite a few of these penguin paperbacks in Germany and then in London – before I discovered the specialist science fiction bookshops which sold also the US originals (though at a much higher price …).

    I fondly remember the first shop:
    Dark they were and golen eyed in Soho, London
    Anyone here visited that in the 60s or 70s?
    Much later Forbidden Planet started – first as a lttle crowded place in Denmark St

  3. Jeff Meyerson

    I saw that gorgeous set on Black Gate yesterday. Just beautiful. I remember buying several of the Wyndham titles in London in 1972, Wolf. What was the name of the shop?

    1. Wolf Böhrendt

      Jeff, sorry for the spelling mistake – there is no edit function here it seems …
      It was “Dark they were and Golden Eyed” in Soho, London, first in Berwick St and then in St Ann’s Court – the owner went bankrupt (like so many in those days), I think because of drugs …
      Of course Penguin books were available everywhere, in all good bookshops.

  4. Jeff Meyerson

    I guess I missed it. It was our first time to London in April of 1971, and we were there the first two weeks of July 1972. I mostly went to Hatchards and Foyles and the book departments at Harrods and Selfridges, as well as some of the stores on Charing Cross Road. I didn’t discover Berwick St. until a later visit.

  5. maggie mason

    my favorites were the top row of Ballards books look a bit like the tom adams agatha chrisite covers.

    the scariest was the harry harrison that looked like john travolta

  6. Richard R.

    I saw these at Black Gate too, but wondered, what would you do with them?. I don’t sent post cards (maybe if I travelled, I might) so they would have no practical use. Just to have them to sort through now and then seems a waste of cash and space. So I’ll pass.

  7. Jeff Meyerson

    Thanks, Wolf. I definitely don’t remember that, but I spent a lot of happy hours in Murder One and Forbidden Planet.

    1. Wolf Böhrendt

      Jeff, if you were there regularly we might well have met once or even several times!
      I used to come to London three or four times a year for a few days (by ferry – if you didn’t stay more than x hours you paid half price, X= 48, later 60, 120 …).
      And let’s not forget my favourite:
      Fantasy Centre which sold essentially second hand books and all those old magazines – from Amazing, Astounding to Thrilling Stories …
      A really moving kind of obituary

  8. Prashant C. Trikannad

    George, I have always liked the Penguin covers with their distinct off-white and orange covers and illustrations. My dad used to have a few of these, though my wife has several such Wodehouse editions. I don’t see them in used bookstores nowadays.

      1. Wolf Böhrendt

        George, something a bit OT re “collectibles”:

        Do you know of any kind of reliable price list for those books or how do you estimate the prices?

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