SF Positivity Cover Art Thread

Discussion in 'Science Fiction' started by Loerwyn, Jul 31, 2011.

  1. psikeyhackr

    psikeyhackr Live Long & Suffer

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    More Hogan

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  2. SaltatrixTonsa

    SaltatrixTonsa Nighteyes

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    Hobbit; honestly I didn't know who John Harris was. I'm new to the whole SF thing and is always good to discover new artists, books, etc.. Some of these artists are very talented it makes me want to buy the books.. Lol
     
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  3. KatG

    KatG Effulgent Staff Member

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    Vernor Vinge's cover is nice:

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  4. Rob B

    Rob B \m/ BEER \m/ Staff Member

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    That Vinge looks even better in person. I'm debating whether or not to read it since it has been about a decade since I read A Fire Upon the Deep (which I liked) and I didn't care for A Deepness in the SKy. Here's some other pretty pictures:

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    The premise on the following book is interesting - Military SF where the special ops soldiers are wizards. An ARC (without the eye-catching art from Michael Komarck) arrived yesterday:

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    for John Joseph Adams's forthcoming Military SF themed anthology:

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  5. Afterburner

    Afterburner New Member

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    Whether we're talking about the covers or the stories behind 'em, they just don't make 'em like this anymore:

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  6. Nightblade

    Nightblade Registered User

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    Saw this the other day for Seed by Rob Ziegler. Quite the eye catcher imo:

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  7. DailyRich

    DailyRich Damn fool idealist

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    I remember this style of art being what first drew me to those beat-up paperbacks on the rotating racks in my library's science fiction section.

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  8. Loerwyn

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    That's a pretty cool one, Rich. As I said earlier in the topic, it's such a shame that covers like that aren't really popular any more.

    I've not been cover hunting in a while, but I've found some ones I do like.

    Firstly, I'm going with a Dan Dos Santos cover. Anyone who's followed my art-related posts will know I'm a big fan of Dan. This is the piece he did for the book I reviewed recently, A Beautiful Friendship, written by David Weber and published by Baen.
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    It sums the book up really well, I think, and I can't imagine Stephanie looking any different.

    Now, my next two choices are a bit odd, even for me. I'm really not a fan of 3D art covers, because more often than not they remind me of self-pubbed books or they're just really daft. I came across an artist called Kurt Miller, whom I'm sure many will recognise as an artist for Baen. You might not know his name, but chances are you've seen his covers - In fact, Rob posted one very recently - and possibly giggled at them.

    My first choice is one of his 3D covers, and it's for one of Elizabeth Moon's Serrano books, I believe it's The Serrano Succession, again published by Baen.
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    I think it's just fairly clear visually, and that it looks like a sci-fi book, which some books just don't.

    My second choice is rather more striking. I saw it on Amazon and I knew I just had to have this book. It's called Ragnarok, and it's written by Patrick A. Vanner, published by Baen once again. You cannot miss this cover!
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    It's like what'd happen if you distilled a Michael Bay film into one picture.
     
  9. Rob B

    Rob B \m/ BEER \m/ Staff Member

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    That Seranno cover got me thinking about the original covers to Robert Buettner's Orphanage books, which I thought really popped:
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    Compare with the redesigned covers, which are good, but something about the originals works better for me.

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    More here.
     
  10. Loerwyn

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    The new version, to me, looks as if it should be a Tom Clancy book rather than a sci-fi novel.
     
  11. Rob B

    Rob B \m/ BEER \m/ Staff Member

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    Just a little housekeeping, folks --

    1) Try to keep the images at a manageable size smaller than 1200x800. Lots of folks are viewing the forums on laptops with somewhat smaller screens and some of us even pop in on our smart phones.

    2) Give a quick look-over of the thread before posting a new image to be sure the one you want to post hasn't been posted already. Ahem...Vinge's Children of the Sky (This is coming from somebody who is guilty of the crime himself, no cookies for me!)

    3) Try not to pull the cover again in a response when quoting, MOST especially if you are responding directly below the cover/image you like.

    A recent cover I quite like is Stephan Martinieri's cover for David Weber's hokey but fun Out of the Dark:
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    Also like Picacio's cover for Ian McDonald's Planesrunner publishing shortly with Pyr:
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  12. Loerwyn

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    Thank you, Rob. I'll put that in the original post. I set a 600px height limit as I think it's a good size. Also, Imageshack has a function to resize images and its default is 600px high, so I think it's a good compromise between size and screen real estate.
     
  13. Joshua A.C. New

    Joshua A.C. New Joshua A.C. Newman

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    !!!

    Very, very nice! Book designer seal of approval!
     
  14. Joshua A.C. New

    Joshua A.C. New Joshua A.C. Newman

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    This one takes place after Fire.

    I felt the other way about the books, that he was showing some Social SF chops in Deepness that were interesting chops.
     
  15. KatG

    KatG Effulgent Staff Member

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    It takes something a little unusual for me to get interested in a planet SF cover, but I like the colors and design of this one for Paul McAuley's In the Mouth of the Whale:

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    This one is a good graphics one for the post-apoc The Games by Ted Kosmatka:

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    Totally awesome zombie post-apoc cover for The Panama Laugh by Thomas S. Roche:

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    Nice graphic cover for New Wave SF: Thomas World by Richard Cox:

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    Tobias Bucknell's environmental SF Artic Rising:

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    Bruce Sterling's short story collection, Gothic High Tech:

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  16. Rob B

    Rob B \m/ BEER \m/ Staff Member

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    Saw this one today at Westeros, Blue Remembered Earth by Alastair Reynolds:



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  17. Westsiyeed

    Westsiyeed The Fifth Dominion

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    That's pretty cool.

    Also reminds me to get a pre-order in!
     
  18. Donald Swan

    Donald Swan Author of Science Fiction

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    The Hyperscape Project

    My W.I.P. (Love all the covers here!)
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  19. offog

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    It seems obvious they're trying to appeal to Philip K. Dick fans, and, from the sound of it, rightly so. I thought it was something new of his when I saw it at the bookstore. The design is similar to the Vintage books.
     
  20. ESantiago

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