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The Dreaming Earth by John Brunner (Pyramid)

Contributed by Florian Hardwig on Jul 22nd, 2018. Artwork published in
October 1970
The Dreaming Earth by John Brunner (Pyramid)
Source: exaquint. License: All Rights Reserved.

“The planet was overcrowded — until people started vanishing into thin air!”

Pyramid Publications, NYC, second printing, October 1970. The Dreaming Earth was first published in 1963. In 1969, John Brunner (1934–1995) was awarded the Hugo Award for Stand on Zanzibar, a novel with a similar topic involving an overpopulated world.

Brunner is credited with coining the term “worm” and predicting the emergence of computer viruses in his 1975 novel The Shockwave Rider, in which he used the term to describe software which reproduces itself across a computer network. — Wikipedia

The cover art is by Gail Burwen (1945–2017).

Her outstanding talent led to her to become art director for the National Lampoon. In conjunction with her fellow artists at Cloud Studio in New York, she published Drool Magazine and Cloud Comix with a fresh, satirical outlook of current events.

Burwen’s illustration is combined with Mierop Ginger Snap C for the typography.


  • Mierop Ginger Snap
  • News Gothic
  • Airport Black




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4 Comments on “The Dreaming Earth by John Brunner (Pyramid)”

  1. The white text reading “HUGO AWARD WINNER” appears to be Paul Renner’s Futura Condensed (Bauer, 1930.)

  2. Thanks, Jay. Futura Extrabold Condensed comes close indeed. It’s not a match, though, see the top terminal of G or the center of W.

  3. Looked it up: It’s Airport Black Condensed Title by Baltotype, ca. 1943. While most of their Airport series is a copy of Futura, this style was an original addition. It preceded Futura Extrabold Condensed, which was not part of Bauer’s series, but originated at Intertype, just like Futura Extra Bold (1952).

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