10 Striking Sci-Fi Book Covers

, September 10, 2013 Let's face it: The vast majority of the time, it isn't the title or premise of a book -- especially a science fiction book -- that draws us in. It's the cover art. And sci-fi has a long and venerable history of cover art that catches the eye and turns the head, even if what's inside hasn't always lived up to what's on the outside. Here's a gallery of 10 of our favorites, from classic painted cover art to the modern-day trends of Photoshop-plus-stock-photo work that in the right hands can also be striking.
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" Neuromancer" -- William Gibson (Richard Berry)

The book that more or less singlehandedly coined the term “cyberpunk” came out in 1984. It’s dated a bit around the edges—most any book that peers into the digital near-future has suffered that fate. Unfortunately, so has the cover art for the million-plus selling paperback edition, which has come to resemble an Amiga-era screensaver. But at the same time, that digital assemblage perfectly encapsulates the moment in time expressed by the book: this is what we thought the future would be like. In that sense, Neuromancer has a timelessness all its own.

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