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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"Make Room! Make Room!" -- Harry Harrison (Jupiter Images)

Harry Harrison's grim and (sadly, still) prophetic novel about the dangers of overpopulation was filmed as Soylent Green, and even sported the movie's one sheet as cover art in one of the book's many printings. But the most effective and subtly terrifying one of the bunch was the Orb 2008 reprint, which used an aerial view of Manhattan with just enough depth perspective to convey the sheer weight of millions of human beings living with entirely too little elbow room. The fact the image is an un-retouched stock photo makes it all the more unnerving: this is our world.

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