As Emily Dickinson famously said, there is nothing as frigging awesome as a book. And there's no better present than a cool-looking book, that can adorn someone's coffee table but also provide hours of mind-expanding entertainment. Here are 23 science fiction book gifts your friends will love.
Over at Stainless Steel Droppings, there's a fantastic survey of 2013 in book covers, showcasing just what a wealth of great art and design we saw over the past year.
The best science fiction and fantasy books are mind-expanding — but sometimes, you can't quite get into them on the first read. Sometimes, you're too young to appreciate a novel, or it just doesn't work. And then later, you try again... and fall in love. What's your most beloved novel, that you hated when you first…
Here's an exclusive look at the full, uncropped cover art to Greg Bear's first Halo novel, Halo: Cryptum. You'll notice it's pretty different than the usual Halo book cover. No Master Chief, no Spartan armor. How did this happen?
What's more amazing — the arresting loveliness of many recent SF book covers, or how different from each other they are? SFSignal asked artists and designers for their favorite recent covers. Here are a few of the ones they picked.