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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"The Aleph and Other Stories" -- Jorge Luis Borges (M. C. Escher)

Science fiction has any number of antecedents and ancestors. Jorge Luis Borges, master of "metafiction," has to be counted among them; if stories like "Funes the Memorius" and "The Library of Babel" aren't sci-fi, nothing is. And what better artist to illustrate the covers of books about paradox and infinity than M.C. Escher, the Dutch artist whose love of paradox and infinity ran through his entire body of work? Penguin saw fit to use Escher's images in several reprints of Borges's short stories, and they are appropriate enough to seem commissioned.

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