I saw a book in a used bookstore around 2005 in Ontario, Canada whose cover art really caught my eye. Unfortunately, I didn't end up picking it up, and it's been bugging me ever since.

While I saw it around 2005 or so, it seemed to be far older; it seemed more like a '60s or '70s pulp paperback, and was relatively thin, I'd say about 200-300 pages.

The cover art itself was somewhat minimalist; it was plain white, with a monochromatic, almost wood-cut-style image on it in brown or black (similar to this). It almost seems to me like it may have originally been interior art from a magazine like Astounding, Galaxy, etc, adapted into cover art. I also seem to recall the paper for the cover itself was very fibrous and low-gloss, almost like canvas or Bristol board.

The image itself was of a steampunk-looking humanoid robot or soldier in power armour, with the suggestion of a warzone in the background. The figure was in mid-stride past, while looking directly toward the perspective of the cover. The figure itself was fairly thin - it's possible at least the limbs were mechanical "pipes" and wires - and the head consisted of a slightly tall and pointed helmet (reminiscent of a British pith helmet) with round-lensed goggles. A good reference of both pose and general look can be seen here.

I could be wrong, but I seem to recall the title had the word "Armor" (or "Armour") in it, though searching both on IMDB returned nothing similar - it's not Armored, Body Armor 2000, or Armor. It's possible it was an anthology of stories involving power armor or war robots, but I couldn't say for sure.

  • When it's about power armors, there are obligatory references to both Heinlein's Starship Troopers and Haldeman's Forever War. Speaking of the latter, there's a (Dutch?) cover on the Isfdb that might fit your description: isfdb.org/wiki/images/9/9a/DWGRLGGNPJ1978.jpg
    – Zab Zonk
    May 14, 2020 at 17:14
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    As a follow up to the previous comment, this cover of Starship Troopers also might fit: isfdb.org/cgi-bin/pl.cgi?75970
    – Zab Zonk
    May 14, 2020 at 17:26
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    @ZabZonk Thanks for sharing. I did notice the second cover, and it is similar, but it's not a match. The cover I saw was monocromatic (I'll update my question to be a bit more clear about this). On that note, it also reminds me of this cover for the Forever War, which was what I bought instead of the one I'm asking about. isfdb.org/wiki/images/f/f0/THFRVRWR1976.jpg May 14, 2020 at 17:48
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    I had a thought; your description reminds me of some small-press books I'd occasionally see being self-promoted at cons (back when I used to go), so I did some checking. I looked up a couple of Canadian small-press publishers that have a few SF/fantasy titles, and none of the books, their authors or the publishers show up in ISFDb. I didn't go into great detail, or see if US publisher coverage is better, it just suggests that books can fall between the cracks and might not be findable in ISFDb.
    – DavidW
    Oct 12, 2022 at 1:43
  • @DavidW Interesting suggestion. I didn't get the impression that the book was small-press or "indie" since the paper quality and whatnot seemed on par with a lot of other pulpy books from the 60's/70's, but I couldn't say for sure. Can you suggest an example of one of these publishers, or a means of looking into this further? Oct 12, 2022 at 16:11

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The description of the cover art is close to that on this edition of Adam Link: Robot, by Eando Binder. This novel was a fixup of a dozen stories published between 1939 and 1942, but was reissued several times as late as the 1970s, and at least one version of the cover art catches most of the remembered details.

This is probably the earliest story series to treat the robot as the protagonist, one of the earliest to make the robot a sympathetic, even heroic figure rather than a menace.

  • Thanks for the suggestion. That's not it, though. The one I've been looking for is more monochromatic, like a woodcut or pencil sketch. Oct 11, 2022 at 21:34

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