I remember a SF book cover with a man looking up at a sky full of floating black rectangular box-like (otherwise featureless) ships. For the life of me, I can't recall what the book was. Anyone recall it?

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    When did you see the book? Was it in English? Did it look old / new? Any more details?
    – Möoz
    Jun 2, 2016 at 22:03
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    – Valorum
    Jun 2, 2016 at 22:11
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    Did you actually read the book? Can you remember anything about the plot, the characters, the setting? YOu might like to check out our guidance on asking story-ID questions here - so far you've given us very little to go on, so some more details would be great :-)
    – Rand al'Thor
    Jun 2, 2016 at 22:13
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    What was the ratio of their sides?
    – Adamant
    Jun 2, 2016 at 22:24
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    I thought I remembered a cover of HGTTG showing the Vogon ships that "hung in the air in much the same way that bricks don't", but they were yellow, though that is not my memory of the image I recall (which probably means I'm remembering the movie, where they were grey).
    – Mark Hurd
    Jun 3, 2016 at 15:53

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Possibly The Visitors, by Clifford Simak?

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  • Could you put the image in the post? Link-only answers are discouraged.
    – Adamant
    Jun 2, 2016 at 22:17
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    Seeds - I helped.
    – Adamant
    Jun 2, 2016 at 22:23
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    So, someone who's read it, was it really the strangest novel of alien invasion ever?? I must know! Jun 3, 2016 at 9:10
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    Everything I've read by Simak is strange. :)
    – Seeds
    Jun 3, 2016 at 19:30
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    I have this exact edition. It was strange, but I agree with @Seeds re Simak.
    – shoover
    Jun 3, 2016 at 22:38

Maybe "The Beast" by A.E. Van Vogt or "Farnham's Freehold" by Heinlein.

There were editions of both with the same cover art:

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Possibly also "2001: Space Odyssey" by Arthur C Clark, or the "2010/2061/3001" sequels. Although in each case I can find, there is only one featureless black monolith on the cover (link to Google image search).

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