Illustrations and/or photographs on the outside of album covers, movie boxed sets and other printed media.

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What does The Butlerian Jihad's coverart depict?

The first book of Dune's prequel series depicts a sand worm, a classic motif of the Dune books. After reading the book, one thing kept bothering me. What is the object in the mouth of the sand worm? ...
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What are all these items from the Narnia books?

My favourite edition of CS Lewis's Narnia series has covers featuring a variety of significant items from the books wrapped around by twining leaves and branches, as shown in the image below (from The ...
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Why are there cover art variations in the Plume trade paperback edition of The Waste Lands?

Someone posted two pictures of two versions of the Plume trade paperback edition of The Dark Tower Book III: The Waste Lands on a Facebook group for fans of Stephen King's The Dark Tower series. ...
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Fantasy book cover with tree trunk and boy with skin like tree bark

My fiance says she read a fantasy book in seventh grade, but can't remember the author or much of storyline. She says the book cover was of a tree trunk in slight shadow and also a boy with skin like ...
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Why is the Shrike depicted with only two arms on the covers of the first three “Hyperion” novels?

The cover illustrations for the Dan Simmons novels "Hyperion", "The Fall of Hyperion" and "Endymion" all feature depictions of the Shrike with two arms: However, already in the first novel ...
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What is the cover of the Ender's Game depicting? [duplicate]

I'm asking about the main cover used by the novel (found on most of the 1985 and 1991 editions), not about the movie tie-in cover. The four individual items that I notice: The planet (Earth? Bugger ...
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Why is Shepherd Book crushing a snake on the cover of Serenity: The Shepherd's Tale?

Have any of the writers or artists stated why Shepherd Book is stepping on a snake on the cover of Serenity: The Shepherd's Tale? There is no snake in the graphic novel. Is it a allusion to Book ...
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Does anybody know which passages of A Storm Of Swords and A Feast For Crows are depicted in these illustration covers?

This is the cover of A Storm Of Swords: And this is the cover of A Feast For Crows Both were published by Plaza & Janés, a spanish publishing house. I don't know the name of the ...
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Which comic book cover has had the most homages?

Often you'll see covers paying homage to or parodying a famous comic cover. For example: or or So, which cover has been...well...covered the most?
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What is the cover art from this edition of The Silmarillion a picture of?

The artwork on the cover of my copy of The Silmarillion is a drawing by Tolkien himself. It shows a huge mountain silhouetted by a blue moon, witha Viking-style ship in the lower foreground. ...
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Complicated story identification from book cover

I really want to find this book again. I had it back in the seventies, the story was complex, surreal, competing realities type. The cover showed one figure (I think), anyway, their neck was a ...
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Illustration on the “Earthsea Quartet” cover

What is depicted in the top left illustration on the front cover of the Penguin edition of the Earthsea quartet, see for example here? Presumably it is something from "A Wizard of Earthsea", as the ...
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Trying to recall a book - cover art heterochromia, plot with genetic mutations and a utopia

My mother remembers reading a book in the 80's, and only clearly remembers the cover art. However the date is irrelevant because she doesn't think it was new. The cover had a face with one brown eye ...
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What is the name of 80's or 90's paperback with a woman in a red jumpsuit holding a bag of crystal shards on the cover?

My dad had this book in his library and the cover was very memorable. The book was lost at some point and neither of us can remember the title or author. If I remember correctly, I believe the woman ...
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Looking for a particular book, and all I remember is the cover

I first read this book around 1983-1985 (no actual idea of when it was first printed), and, while I can't remember all that much from the book itself (other than enjoyable), I do remember the cover of ...
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What is the Speaker for the Dead cover depicting?

To me, it seems that whatever is on the cover of Speaker for the Dead--it appears to be a docking location for starships--is entirely unrelated to the story. Am I missing something? Is it depicting ...
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Who created the cover art from the newer Wild Cards Book I with Jetboy on it?

Who created the cover art for the newer Wild Cards I edition with Jetboy on it? (e.g. the one published in 2010.) Is he or she responsible for the other covers?
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can anyone tell me the name of the sci-fi book series with a concorde like spaceship on the cover?

The main character is the pilot who somehow picks up a symbiotic organism that helps him through many situations. (I vividly remember one episode where he needs to play a pipe for hours on end to ...
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What species is on the cover of Fornax?

I don't recognize this from any of the games. It looks vaguely like a rachni, but I strongly doubt it is. Is it ever confirmed that it is a rachni, or is there another species I'm not thinking of that ...
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Book cover-art: Desert with mesas and a city-ship on top

I remember seeing a sci-fi book cover back in about 1980/81 at my public library that was likely based upon an earlier painting. It depicted an arid desert scene with the landscape dominated by a ...
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Incongruous cover art for Phule's Paradise by Robert Asprin

I am rereading the Phule's Company series by Robert Asprin. I have "Phule's Paradise" in paperback (Feb 1992 printing by Ace) and it has cover art by Robert Grace. The cover art shows a particular ...
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Buffy The Vampire Slayer and Angel: Why is Spike on the cover of both?

The cover art for Buffy the Vampire Slayer (as seen on Netflix) shows Buffy, Faith and Spike. Where one could argue that Faith is a major character, Spike is almost definitely nothing more than a ...
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What happened to Eric Ladd, illustrator of the 70s?

From the end of the 1970s to the beginning of the 1980s, over a period of six short years, Eric Ladd painted several SF&F covers. Here is the only (!) information on him on the web that I could ...
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What does book cover signifies in Twilight book series and why they are not used in film DVD cover? [closed]

What do the covers of the books have to do with the stories within the books? Is there any real importance to them? And, why wasn't the book cover used for the cover of the DVD?
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Wanderers of Time & Next of Kin Cover artist

I was looking through Amazon for a new science fiction to purchase. I came across the book Wanderers of Time by John Wyndham and noticed the cover art looked rather familiar. So I went to my book ...