Behold, the first-edition cover art for Fredric Brown's 1951 Space on My Hands. The classic science-fiction short-story collection contains "Knock," which begins with two of the most evocative sentences ever: "The last man on Earth sat alone in a room. There was a knock on the door ..."
How do you create a book cover that really sells the story to its audience? How do you package a book with a badass woman protagonist without relying on bare midriffs and spiky heels? Muddy Colors columnist Lauren Panepinto explains how she approaches cover art in her role as Orbit Books' Creative Director.
Ed Emshwiller was one of the all-time great cover artists of science fiction and fantasy. And over at Geeky Nerf Herder, there's an absolutely eye-popping collection of his book and magazine cover art. Including a surprisingly large number of "Santa Claus in space" images.
We've seen some pretty amazing art on book covers recently, but these covers for the Japanese translations of George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire are especially gorgeous.
With most of us buying our music in digital formats, album art just isn't treasured in the way it was in the 1960s and 70s. And now, MoMA has added a classic from that bygone era to its permanent collection: The cover of the Rolling Stones' Let It Bleed, designed by Robert Brownjohn.
Classic novels tend to have equally classic cover art. For example, when you think of The Great Gatsby, your mind likely goes to a pair of half-closed eyes floating over a glittering, cobalt city. But what if designers were given a chance to rethink these covers entirely? That's the concept behind Recovering The…
This week's Focus is on famed cover painter, Alan Gutierrez. "Capturing the romance of space exploration" is how he defines his work, and that's a perfect description. Alan's work has been featured on the covers of magazines, books, games, and on display in galleries. His work even appeared many years ago here on io9.
F. Scott Fitzgerald was still writing The Great Gatsby when he saw artist Francis Cugat's original cover treatment. He apparently loved it so much he told his publisher not to show it to anyone else because he wrote it into the book. You know the one? The obscured face on a cobalt background overlooking a glittering…
One of the hallmarks of Dave McKean's early Sandman covers were the photographic elements framing the central painting, as if you'd stumbled across the piece hanging in curio cabinet or against an overstuffed bookshelf. But before Photoshop made adding these elements as simple as clicking a mouse, McKean decided not…
Octavia Butler created some truly memorable stories and characters — and now her novels have been released as ebooks with gorgeous new cover art. Check out an exclusive look at the complete set, below.
Last week, we talked about how science fiction cover art evolved into the colorful, pulpy art we love today. Now, here's our look at the evolution of cover art from 1930 to 1955, as pulp styles exploded into awesomeness.
We all love the colorful richness of science fiction pulp cover art. But pulp art didn't spring into the world fully formed, full of beautiful women adventurers and marauding robots.
Megan Burns' art spoofs and celebrates the sexiness of space opera. Her new gallery show, opening tomorrow in New York, pays homage to paperback book covers and comic book art, with hypnorays, alien life forms, and beautiful bodies. Possibly NSFW?
The Pulp Archive blog is featuring a new science fiction book or magazine cover every single day, in case your day is missing awesome images like this one, of a trumpet-playing otter leading a woman. What are they looking at?
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?
Back when the conquest of space was still a thrilling new prospect and the Moon landing seemed certain to lead to a Moonbase, educational book covers celebrated the wonders of the stars. Here are some of our splashy, exciting favorites.
The cover art of 70s gonzo comix often hearkened back to the medium's pulp and scifi roots, albeit with a distinctly adult and tripped-out twist. Here's a slew of comic covers from artists such as Robert Crumb and Warren Greenwood.
At the blog The Brave and The Bold: The Lost Issues, blogmaster Ross teams Batman up with absolutely everybody, copyright be damned. Check out the never-was issues of The Brave and The Bold, guest-starring Alpha Flight, Deathlok, and KISS!