Update: It appears that since the move from blogger to WordPress a lot of these pictures have gone AWOL. Sorry about that. I will slowly work on updating the photos. Nathan 10/3/13
Ok, one of the disadvantages of reading on the Kindle is I very rarely see covers anymore. I see a small picture when I add it to Goodreads, but rarely admire the covers the way I would when holding a paper copy. So when typing up my review of Ancillary Justice I glanced at the cover from Goodreads.
Two things came to mind. One, that cover tells me nothing about what the book is actually about. It looks like a space adventure but that is about as far from the truth as possible. Two, hey that read ship looks familier! So I pulled out my copy of ‘The Icarus Hunt’ and saw that maybe not as close as a thought. Still, same basic style on two very different books types. Oh, and I picked my next read. So that worked out.
So I decided to do a post about Sci-fi covers. It seems to me, and this may be nothing more than my perception, that fantasy has a more diverse range of covers than its futuristic brethren. Sci-fi, despite its diverse nature, seems to have much more generic covers (fantasy’s current reliance on cloaked men aside). Not that many of them are not mind blowing awesome, the very nature of the settings make for some amazing visuals. But if someone hands me a sci-fi book I have figured out that I can pretty much expect one of only a few cover options. I narrowed them down to five. Because that is what you do when you are bored.