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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"Dhalgren" -- Samuel R. Delaney (Dean Ellis)

What sort of cover to put on Samuel R. Delaney's labyrinthine masterwork, which is at least as much about the telling of the story it's allegedly about (a city cut off from the outside world for unknown reasons) as it is about that story? Bantam went with veteran sci-fi illustrator Dean Ellis, who also designed the cover for the paperback edition of Ray Bradbury's "The Illustrated Man." Ellis produced an ominous post-apocalyptic landscape that's at least as intimidating as the book itself.


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