Love isn’t free, spaceman

Underwater world
The Embalmers -- shudder pulp

It’s a provocative suggestion, but the ray-gun wielding beauties in this illustration by Herman Vestal (1916-2007) not necessarily an easy one to act on. As for the cover of this November 1951 issue of Planet Stories by Allen Anderson (1906-1995), who knows what’s going on, but it seems very mad science.

This issue is available to be read at or downloaded from the Internet Archive.