Questions tagged [cover-art]

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

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Is this Eshonai or Dalinar on the cover of The Way of Kings?

Michael Whelan’s very nice cover for The Way of Kings depicts two characters in the Shattered Plains. One in the right foreground is wearing Shardplate with alight red cloak with a somewhat crab-like ...
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Who were the recurring characters depicted on the Thieves' World covers?

The Thieves' World shared-world anthologies had a memorable series of book covers. Three recurring characters appeared on these covers (for example, see the covers from the first six books below). I ...
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Which ship classes are depicted in the cover art for the Imperial Radch books?

Which classes of ship are which in the art on the covers of the three books in the Imperial Radch series?
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Is anything known about science fiction illustrator Martin Key?

Martin Key is listed as the illustrator in the debut issue of If magazine, March 1952. The cover illustration is this: Wikipedia has nothing. Amazon has nothing (not surprising, maybe 1 in 20 of the ...
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What, if anything, is this cover of Space Lords depicting?

I was searching online for Cordwainer Smith resources to help answer another question, and I came across an image of a book cover that I did not recognize. This is quite different from the (original) ...
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What is the origin of the visually complex space ship motif in cover art?

I've noticed that a fair number of space-related sci-fi novels have cover art involving visually complex space ships that are unrelated to the plot. Some examples I've noticed: Leviathan Wakes, ...
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Book with Goya cover

I remember seeing a book cover, possibly on a John Brunner book. The cover featured “The Colossus’ a painting by Goya. I didn’t see the actual book, but saw it as an entry in an encyclopaedia of SF - ...
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Does anyone recognize this art, it seems familiar.. 1980's maybe? [closed]

I have this original art and am trying to find who the creator is.. It seems familiar.. Has a 1980's feel.
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What is the red animal depicted on this cover of “The Opal Deception”?

My copy of The Opal Deception has this cover: I can see that the male in the suit and tie is Artemis, and the person next to him is presumably Holly, and the person on the screen is naturally Opal. ...
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Fantasy novel with cover image of a dragon rider wearing a gas mask

I first got my hands on the book about 12-15 years ago at a local library and haven't had luck finding it since. Sadly I don't know the name of the book or the author and all I have to go off of is ...
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Who are these people on the cover of Knife of Dreams?

I recently read the 11th book of the Wheel of Time series, Knife of Dreams. As is often the case, I'm curious who the people on the cover are, and what's going on. Here's the artwork used for the ...
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Who are these people on the cover of Crossroads of Twilight?

I'm currently reading Crossroads of Twilight, book ten of the Wheel of Time. Despite the excessive amount of text Jordan spends describing characters' appearances, I often have trouble visualizing ...
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Looking for supernatural romance novel about woman at mental institution with mysterious power, has variation of “witch” in title

This book I recalled seeing at a nursing home one day and it's been on my mind ever since. As best I can recall, the plot involves a woman going to live at what sounded like a mental/medical institute ...
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Find illustration of titular scene from Asimov's “The Naked Sun”

Can anyone help me find an illustration of the titular scene from Asimov's The Naked Sun when Elijah reaches out of the roof of the taxi and contemplated the naked sun as Daneel grabs him and ...
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What does the image on the back of the LotR discs represent?

Been watching the extended blu-ray version of LotR and I noticed this symbol on the back cover. Don't think I've seen this whilst watching the films, anyone know what it represents?
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Dragon with orange and black butterfly wings - mass market paperback fantasy short stories

I saw a mass market paperback at a Waldenbooks in Texas in the early 1990's that was a collection of fantasy short stories, it had front cover art of a dragon or two (maybe green colored) but with ...
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Science fiction book cover with man looking up at floating black rectangular “ships” in sky?

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 ...
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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 the story line. She says the book cover was of a tree trunk in slight shadow and also a boy with skin ...
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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 illustrator/s. ...
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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. What ...
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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 [duplicate]

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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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 ...