From Sullivan’s blog:
I like the layout/typography of the US editions much more. They both use the same art, but the UK edition’s emphasis on the characters (rather than the bold colour and overall design aesthetic of the US covers) takes away some of the adventure and mystery. They look, frankly, like every other menacing Fantasy book on the market. Somewhat reminiscent of the paperback covers for Abercrombie’s The First Law, which is a market I’m sure Orbit would love Sullivan to tackle. Not the most egregious covers I’ve seen, and admirably bold, but I prefer Panepinto’s take.
Global warming has transformed the Earth, and it’s about to get even hotter. The Arctic ice cap has all but melted, and the international community is racing desperately to claim the
massive amounts of oil beneath the newly accessible ocean.
Enter the Gaia Corporation. Its two founders have come up with a plan to roll back global warming. They plan to terraform Earth to save it from itself—but in doing so, they have created a superweapon the likes of which the world has never seen.
Anika Duncan is an airship pilot for the underfunded United Nations Polar Guard. She’s intent on capturing a smuggled nuclear weapon that has made it into the Polar Circle and bringing the smugglers to justice.
Anika finds herself caught up in a plot by a cabal of military agencies and corporations who want Gaia Corporation stopped. But when Gaia loses control of their superweapon, it will be Anika who has to decide the future of the world.
It looks like exactly what it’s meant to: a near-future eco/political-thriller. Bold; forboding. Nice, clean typeface. Though I’m sad to see Buckell temporarily leave his Xenowealth setting behind, he’s a smart guy who (if his blog‘s any indication) has the uncanny ability to take dense science and pare it down in a way that’s interesting and and easy to wade through to his readers without losing any of the meat of the issues (in this case, global warming and the general downward spiral of our home planet) discussed. Not my typical sort of novel, but with Buckell’s name attached to it, it’s a must-read.
Via Pat’s Fantasy Hotlist:
One of my all-time favourite books now has one of my all-time favourite covers. Certainly a step (or two) up from this. Could I ask for more?
Seriously, WTF is wrong with the art department at Harper Collins?
Irene Gallo, art director at Tor, on Chan and the cover:
I’ve been a fan of Jason Chan’s since he was still in school, although I didn’t know he was still in school at the time. I had been following his work online for a while and, yes, clearly he was a young artists but I was still shocked when he mentioned going to his graduation during our first project together. He is a quiet and thoughtful artist and over the past handful of years has worked to hone his craft, both as a freelance illustrator and video game concept artist. Jason combines a love of manga with a strong background in traditional narrative painting and I was excited to get the chance to work with him on New Spring.
When it came to scenes to depict, it seemed natural to revisit Moiriane and Lan. New Spring is their story before Rand’s begins. Jason chose to express a quiet and contemplative moment. The early spring blossoms suggest changes about to occur, yet it is still cold. It is a heavy moment. The weight of their mission is just starting to take over youthful abandon.
Recently, I’ve gushed about Jason Chan and his lovely artwork. I enjoyed his cover for Ari Marmell’s Thief’s Covenant, and this cover for the eBook edition of New Spring by Robert Jordan is another fine addition to Chan’s portfolio. On first blush, I like the soft, asian-inspired atmosphere of the piece, but it wasn’t until I got a closer look at the details (by clicking on the image), that I really started to appreciate Chan’s subtlety. Just look at the trim on Moiraine’s cloak! Maybe not my favourite cover from the series, but certainly another strong piece of art from the team at Tor Books.