Modern covers for classic Science Fiction

The design of this series is meant to relate to the readers of Sci Fi but at the same time move away from its “geeky” reputation. All the covers have a specific illustration on the front page relating to the topic of the novel.

By restricting to 45 and 90 degree angles, the illustrations underline the fact that these novels are parts of a series and also give them that retro Sci-Fi feel.

Simple and clean, these covers manage to feel appropriately SFish while embracing solid design and not relying on tropes of the genre (spaceships, alien figures, laser guns) to sell the idea. From a marketing perspective they might be a bit of a hard sell (the title and author are often hard to make out, unlike these similar re-coverings from Gollancz), but they’d sure look purty on a bookshelf.

More of artist Martin Dellin’s re-imagined covers can be viewed here.

  • Raphael October 28, 2011 at 2:48 am

    I would expect techy stuff, not necessarily sci-fi. For me, sci-fi means space (travel/battle), and space is incredibly colorful and, well, unstraight.

  • aidan October 28, 2011 at 8:59 am

    That’s a rather narrow definition of ‘Science Fiction’. Where do Neuromancer, Rainbows End, The Forge of God, The Left Hand of Darkness, Do Android Dream of Electric Sheep and similar novels fit in?

  • Justin October 28, 2011 at 9:03 am

    I like them, but some on the jump site are a bit too literal. I like the concept though.

  • Jay October 29, 2011 at 1:16 pm

    That first one of the alternates looks like a Philip Palmer cover.

  • Jay October 29, 2011 at 1:18 pm

    Oops that comment was for the Redshirts entry.

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