MIT’s Technology Review has a bit of a secret: just about every year, they put together a science fiction edition titled Twelve Tomorrows. It’s one of the best collections of short science fiction out there, and you can now preorder the upcoming issue.
You've probably seen some of the colorful, abstract book cover art of Richard Powers before, and marveled at how far it pushes the envelope of representational art. How alien it looks. Over at The Daily Beast, there's a terrific article about how Powers became such a dominant SF cover artist.
The alien aesthetic of 1950s scifi artist Richard Powers evokes melting clocks, Bruegel-like landscapes, and the surrealism of Paul Klee. One look at Powers' surrealist planets and you know you're not on Tatooine any more.