July 25, 2024


Science It Works

Someone please put these classic science fiction novel stamps on my wall

I’m no expert on stamps. In fact, I can’t remember the last time I used one (sorry, Mum). But the latest batch from the Royal Mail has me wanting to send letters to every corner of the universe.

The British postal service has released a wondrous new collection of artworks that will be featured on its tiny postage stamps, celebrating six classic science fiction novels by British writers.

Set to mark the 75th anniversary of HG Wells’ death and the 70th anniversary of John Wyndham’s classic novel The Day of the Triffids being published, the collection features illustrations for Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, The Time Machine by HG Wells, Brave New World by Aldous Huxley, Childhood’s End by Arthur C Clarke, Shikasta by Doris Lessing, and of course, The Day of the Triffids.

The artists behind the works are Sabina Šinko, Francisco Rodríguez, Thomas Danthony, Mick Brownfield, Matt Murphy, and Sarah Jones.

Here’s a look at the stamp art, which I personally would like enlarged and framed on my wall. 

“The Day of the Triffids” by John Wyndham: illustration by Mick Brownfield.

Image: Mick Brownfield / royal mail

“The Time Machine” by HG Wells: illustration by Francisco Rodríguez.

Image: Francisco Rodríguez / royal mail

“Brave New World” by Aldous Huxley: illustration by Thomas Danthony.

Image: Thomas Danthony / royal mail

“Frankenstein” by Mary Shelley: illustration by Sabina Šinko.

Image: Sabina Šinko / royal mail

“Childhood’s End” by Arthur C Clarke: illustration by Matt Murphy.

Image: Matt Murphy / royal mail

“Shikasta” by Doris Lessing: illustration by Sarah Jones.

Image: Sarah Jones / royal mail

If you need stamps, you can preorder these for £10.20 from the Royal Mail website, out April 15.

The Royal Mail has a long history of issuing special pop culture stamps, including Star Trek and James Bond, all of which are available on their site.