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Dec 17

What was that noise? Ah, probably just the wind.Click for full image

Really… winning? Green? With a gold photoshop glow? Really? Well best add an exploding space ship in there too. Oh and some babe in a space suit completely ignoring the explosion. Hopefully that will distract from our winning colour.

Actually, that cover IS a classical work of art!I would touch it without protective gloves.I've seen worse. Far, far, worse.Interesting, but I would still read it in public.Middlng: Neither awful nor awfully goodWould not like to be seen reading that!Awful... just awful...That belongs in a gold-lame picture frame!Gah... my eyes are burning! Feels so good!Good Show Sir! (Average: 6.48 out of 10)
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22 Responses to “Winning Colours”

  1. CSA Says:

    I’m still on the fence about the E. Moon book covers (aswell as the STEN series).
    They’re clearly pretty cheesey looking but at the same time they unmistakeably have a certain style (almost a brand image). And you’d see them and instantly know it was one of her books (although it could be confused with the STEN ones), I would be a difficult decision to republish them with different covers.

    But you do have to wonder how the character on the cover ever became a Marine when she doesn’t even notice the galatic starship exploding behind her… they’ll let anyone be a space-marine these days

  2. SI Says:

    I’m well over the fence on this one and way into the next field.

    I really think these covers aren’t too terrible. They are just really dam cheesy. The thought of a model actually posing for something like that. Ouch.

    Though the title is somewhat ironically, losing.

  3. Adam Roberts Says:

    Watch out! That little dagger-shaped spaceship is headed straight for your thumb! Ouch-alert!

  4. James Lovegrove Says:

    She’s not ignoring the explosion. She’s busy wondering how the hell she’s going to accessorise that minty green power armour.

  5. little mi Says:

    Oh the font! The font! Not only 3D carved effect but it glows. In 2 differant colours!
    No wonder the poor girl’s looking a bit self-conscious.

  6. CSA Says:

    You’re right MI, thats definately the default photoshop filter’s “Emboss” and “Glowing Edges” used in their full glory to excelent effect.
    The girl is turning away to cry because she’s upset she doesnt get glowing edges too.

  7. Simon Says:

    It’s not so bad; a good example of the ‘it does exactly what it says on the tin’ cover art approach for this sort of genre book.

    And the power armour is really cool. Which I find worrying about me.

    Happy christmas everyone.

  8. SI Says:

    The armour is interesting. It seems to cover most of her vital areas. Luckily her face isn’t something deemed necessary for living.

    Now to be fair it could have a visor.

    It kinda reminds me of the old intros to games like Red Alert. Really cheesy character acting mixed in with a bit of drawn things on there.

  9. Nix Says:

    The thing about the first three books in that series is that they really *should* have had horses on the front cover. Instead, even the first one had spaceships.

  10. Deborah Says:

    oh, I have this with a horse on the cover! will submit.

    that Orbit cover is not too bad, really, apart from who the hell is that girl anyway? Captain Heris Serrano, a 40-something black woman? Lady Cecilia de Marktos, a rejuved 80-something redhead (who doesn’t wear armour like that at any time)?

  11. Nix Says:

    Black people always get turned into white people on the covers of every fantasy book unless the inside *screams* ‘black’, because cover artists are white or something. (The classic example of this is every single cover of any of the Earthsea books ever published. Is Ged ever depicted as dark-brown-skinned? No.)

  12. Deborah Says:

    I love my 1970s box set of the Earthsea trilogy (back when it was only three books) but not only is Ged pasty instead of ruddy brown, Vetch is pasty instead of dark-skinned black. cos everyone in the world (all worlds) is white (unless they’re green).

    and let’s not even mention that hideous travesty of Earthsea, that live-action mini-series with generic Anglo-Gaelic “medieval” cliches popping up everywhere, in the design, the casting, the music…*shudder*

    You wouldn’t know from any of the Familias Regnant covers that Heris is Black, Esmaya is Hispanic, or that Cecilia isn’t a 20-something babe (she’s a 90-something babe)

  13. Don Hilliard Says:

    @Nix: “(The classic example of this is every single cover of any of the Earthsea books ever published. Is Ged ever depicted as dark-brown-skinned? No.)”

    Actually, yes, once that I know of: the current Doubleday Science Fiction Book Club omnibus of the Earthsea trilogy has a lovely and accurate cover painting by Leo & Diane Dillon. (I suspect their son was the model for Ged.)

  14. Nix Says:

    Really? Excellent! (But, of course, it’s an SF book club. They tend to be a bit more accurate than, er, major SF publishers like Orbit. Oops.)

  15. Don Hilliard Says:

    @Nix: It REALLY varies. If the book in question is available in hardback or paperback on the regular market, SFBC’s version usually has the same jacket or cover art; if it’s an oddity – generally an omnibus edition – it’ll have a separately-commissioned piece.

    These range from the sublime to the ridiculous to the gawdawful. I submitted their cover art for Anne McCaffrey’s original Dragonriders of Pern trilogy to Good Show Sir! a while back – it’s pretty horrible, and they’ve been using it now for at least a quarter-century. (Another ludicrous one was their cover for a briefly-published omnibus of the Red Dwarf novelizations: either the artist had never seen the show which hadn’t aired much if at all in the US at the time, SFBC didn’t get the appropriate permissions to use the actors’ faces, or both…so we got a white Dave Lister and a Cat with a human body and an actual cat head!)

  16. FeárofMúsic Says:

    I’m sorry, wait, no I’m not. I rather like this. Space Marine, Space ship, explosions. Science fiction in no uncertain terms. Without the optic nerve scarring busyness of a Baen cover. Yes, not bad. And a great name for a SF author. Makes me wonder however if somewhere out there is an author named Hugo Nebula. But because he is a loner aand a rebel (Dotty) he refused to follow his parents plans, and is instead selling falafel from a street cart in Beirut while simultaneously scripting manifestos by night for a Neo-Utopian cult of Vegan Marxist Cthulhu worshippers.

    It could happen

  17. A.R.Yngve Says:

    It says “Book Three of the Serrano Legacy”… and I believe it. The art is truly the legacy of ANDRES Serrano.

  18. Tom Noir Says:

    Alright, had to Google that one. Good job, Mr. Yngve, good job!

    In other news, I really dislike this cover. The colors clash, the contrast is off, and it looks like a 3D rendered model was badly photo-shopped onto a painted background. I’ll grant that it’s possible that the photograph doesn’t do it justice.

  19. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    EXPLODING COLON

    SERVING THREE OF THE SERRANO PEPPERS

  20. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    Oh, and: what the design so needs is for Ms. Moon’s O’s to be interlocked, like Terry Brinfinityks’

  21. anon Says:

    Locutetta didn’t like watching explosions.

  22. THX 1138 Says:

    “HYAAA-TCHOOOOO!!!”

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