Science fiction novels have been, through the modern history of the printed book, a space for innovation and creativity. Their cover art, in particular, was something special, and beautiful.
Every year, the Spectrum Awards pick the most amazing art in science fiction and fantasy, from a number of categories including book covers, advertising, and concept art. This year’s nominees are absolutely stunning. Here are some of our absolute favorites.
Gerard Quinn was one of the great British science fiction artists of the 1950s and the first half of the 1960s, working for magazines like New Worlds and Science Fantasy. And even though he left genre art in the mid-60s to go work in advertising, his impact on the genre remained strong.
You’ve admired Dave Seeley’s art in the past, whether you realize it or not. He’s done cover art for so many space opera and military science fiction books, his gorgeous style is synonymous with cool action. And now there’s a whole book of his thrilling artworks.
When Charles Stross isn’t writing mind-blowing space opera about the future of banking, he’s the ultra-prolific author of two long-running series. And one of those, the Laundry Files, has won praise (and a Best Novella Hugo) for its look at a spy agency that deals with other-worldly threats.
M.R. Carey’s novel The Girl With all the Gifts blew our minds, in a very good way. It was Joss Whedon’s new favorite book, too. So it’s absolutely fantastic news that Carey has a new novel coming in early April 2016! Here’s your first look at Fellside, exclusively at io9!
Here’s the first look at the cover art of a brand new fairytale anthology from Saga Press, The Starlit Wood. What do you think is even happening in this picture? There’s a tree with glowy light inside it, and weird contraptions and scaffolding outside, and what the heck is this?
Michael Moorcock was known for warping the outer edges of genre—but no more so than in his four Jerry Cornelius novels, known as The Cornelius Quartet. These books are jam-packed with increasingly weird, anarchic storylines, in a surreal pop-art world. And now they have some insane new covers!
Mike Mignola gave us Hellboy, so it’s probably not surprising that he’s designed a totally bizarre new monster, which you can glimpse above. But what the hell is it? That’s an excellent question, since it’s on the cover of a new anthology called What the #@&% Is That?
Chilean artist Javier Jensen has taken some of his favorite books and put a bit of movement to them, animating their covers.
Australian book cover designer WH Chong has won numerous awards for his book designs. And speaking to Spook Magazine, he singled out some of his favorite book cover designs for classic science fiction. (Which also happen to be for some of the best books ever written.)
The blog WTF Bad Science Fiction Covers has declared Cats in Space Week, and these are just a few examples of the riches awaiting you over there. Although nothing can be better than the cat sitting in a space command chair that has a hole for its tail. Awww.
Philip K. Dick’s classic novel The Man in the High Castle offers cover designers a few creative directions to go in. There’s Nazi imagery. Japanese flags. Images of an occupied United States. But as Atlas Obscura shows, some overseas designers went in a decidedly different direction.
RIP Wolfgang Jeschke (1936-2015). The prolific German science fiction author’s books included The Others, Midas, The Last Day of Creation, and recently The Cusanus Game. As an editor with Heyne Verlag, he brought unedited overseas science fiction to German readers.
Tor.com has been publishing short fiction on its website for years, but now Tor’s online publisher is moving into books in a big way, with short novels. And we’ve got the first look at their four launch titles. Nnedi Okorafor goes into space! Paul Cornell writes witches! And more! Check out the covers and synopses…
I’m so excited to share this with everyone at io9. Here’s the front cover of All the Birds in the Sky, my novel coming February 2016 from Tor Books.
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.