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What does the image on the back of the LotR discs represent?

It's a depiction of the badge of the House of Elrond from the LotR films. This art piece depicting the badge comes from Weta Workshop designer Daniel Falconer. Image courtesy of The Lord of the Rings:...
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Is the cover art on this faux paperback graphic "The Omicron Variant" on Seth Meyers' "A Closer Look" borrowed from a real SciFi novel's cover?

It appears to be an artwork by graphic artist Tithi Luadthong. It was used as the cover for this obscure Italian science fiction e-book novel: I tre stati dell'acqua [The Three States of Water] by ...
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Science fiction book cover with man looking up at floating black rectangular "ships" in sky?

Possibly The Visitors, by Clifford Simak?
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Is the cover art on this faux paperback graphic "The Omicron Variant" on Seth Meyers' "A Closer Look" borrowed from a real SciFi novel's cover?

Seems like a stock image as seen here; the title is “spaceman standing on the futuristic stairs and looking at the light at the end, digital art style, illustration painting”
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Vintage book cover showing humanoid astronauts in upper body EVA suits but a "pod" or "monopant" lower half?

This is the type of suit described in "Islands in the Sky", a novel by Arthur C. Clarke. Published in 1952, I guess this counts as "vintage" sci-fi. Similarly to the remarks given ...
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How many different versions of cover art has Frank Herbert's Dune had since 1965?

P.S This answer does not deserve any upvotes! It is very deficient regarding non-English publications. Namely, in my haste, I only searched under the title "Dune" and neglected to search ...
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Who is in the middle of the Marvel's Avengers Vol. 3 #38 cover?

Evident from his glowing eyes and silvery hair, it's Simon Williams aka Wonder-Man Avengers Vol. 3, Issue 38 cover; click image to enlarge He appears later as well in the same issue: Avengers Vol....
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Who is this robot from the Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction?

This robot is named "the last man" by the artist, Mel Hunter, as noted in the December 1959 issue: Mel Hunter's cover this month is the third in his series for F&SF concerning the ...
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Why would "'Barbie and Skipper Go to War' in front of an organic beachball with a Bic" sort of work as a cover for "Sabre and Shadow"?

It's a reference to the original cover art from its publication as The Sharpest Edge: Note that we have a taller woman with long hair (Barbie), and a shorter, black-haired woman (Skipper) and a giant ...
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Who are these characters on the Russian cover of A Wizard of Earthsea?

This cover art is for a Russian version of the first three Earthsea books, published in two volumes. This is the second volume, and contains only The Farthest Shore - hence these characters are all ...
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Does Mary Stone have a beard?

She has a beard No way in heck was I going to admit that my prospective date had canceled the exact second he found out that the profile pictures hadn’t been some strange practical joke. It’s the ...
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What is the red animal depicted on this cover of "The Opal Deception"?

This is a troll, as described in the novel. Note the tusks, dreadlocks and glowing eyes, all of which are clearly visible in the picture above. Artemis was beyond amazement at this point, but even so,...
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Who are all the characters from the UK book covers of The Witcher series?

It's all the protagonists (Geralt, Ciri, Yennefer, Dandelion) and other prominent characters from Geralt's party in the series. Plus Lytta Neyd on the cover of the stand-alone book Season of Storms. ...
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Is this iconic Wrinkle cover art still uncredited?

There is such a thing as an artist. Artist: Known — Illustrator for 'A Wrinkle in Time' gets long-overdue credit Richard Bober is being credited for this cover art based on his related artwork, what ...
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Who are the characters on this book cover for Return of the King (French edition)?

The cover art is credited to Philippe Munch and Jame's Prunier, who have also collaborated on other book covers. Munch is a longstanding illustrator of fantasy works (among other projects) and ...
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Is this Eshonai or Dalinar on the cover of The Way of Kings?

It is Dalinar in the foreground, and Eshonai in the background. From a reading that Brandon Sanderson did way back when: I’ve been reading from the viewpoint of someone named Eshonai at other ...
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Fantasy novel with cover image of a dragon rider wearing a gas mask

Could it be Harry Turtledove's Out of the Darkness? The cover seems to match your description. It was published in 2005. THE CLIMACTIC CONCLUSION OF A WORLD WAR As the Derlavian War rages into its ...
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Who are these people on the cover of Knife of Dreams?

Unlike a lot of book covers that are just loosely based on a general idea of what happens in the book, this is a specific scene from the book's prologue. In general, this is Galina talking to Perrin ...
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What is the Speaker for the Dead cover depicting?

Spaceships doing generic spaceshippy stuff But I also hated the cover on my bestselling book, because the art came from a game sold in the UK and it depicted spaceships doing generic spaceshippy ...
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What happened to Eric Ladd, illustrator of the 70s?

I met Eric around 1989-90 (I also met his sister who was the model for the cover of "The Northern Girl". At the time he was moving away from that type of fantasy art and more into bikers and flames, ...
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Is this Eshonai or Dalinar on the cover of The Way of Kings?

Apparently Michael Whelan's assistant tweeted recently to set the record straight that it's not Dalinar: Just to clarify some misconceptions I've seen in Stormlight Archive discussions. That's not ...
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Was the painting “In the Ring of Saturn” by artist Andrei Sokolov used as a book cover?

The ISFDb page for Andrei Konstantinovich Sokolov (Андрей Константинович Соколов) does not list "In the Ring of Saturn" as one of the works that have been published as cover art.
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Who were the recurring characters depicted on the Thieves' World covers?

I believe that the characters are (from left to right on the original cover) Lythande, Hanse Shadowspawn, and (perhaps surprisingly) Prince Kadakithis. Since the three of them are present right from ...
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Science fiction book cover with man looking up at floating black rectangular "ships" in sky?

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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Looking for supernatural romance novel about woman at mental institution with mysterious power, has variation of "witch" in title

Thanks to Joe L. I found the name of the book. It's Witchlight by Marion Zimmer Bradley. Winter Musgrave's past is largely blank, her memories missing or tissue-thin. She seem to be possessed--...
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Dragon with orange and black butterfly wings - mass market paperback fantasy short stories

The City of the Singing Flame by Clark Ashton Smith
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Complicated story identification from book cover

Sounds a bit like Fourth Mansions by RA Lafferty - does the idea of a toad with a jewel in its head and a character who has to soak his head in a bucket ring any bells? It certainly sounds like it ...
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What happened to Eric Ladd, illustrator of the 70s?

His brother is a potter in Wakefield, Rhode Island on High St., named Thomas Ladd. I spoke to him about his brother, Eric, a couple of years ago. He said he was a worker for the Department of Public ...
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Who is depicted in the front cover of Beyonders: A World Without Heroes?

The artist of that cover is Antonio Caparo. In a Blogspot post from 2011 he mentions the work he did on the cover. Apparently, the image was supposed to depict "the evil king", so that ...
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