Monday, August 15, 2016

Top Ten Book Set On Other Planets

 

 Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week a new Top Ten list will be posted. Everyone is welcome to join. Link back to The Broke and the Bookish so everyone can check out other bloggers' lists. It's a fun way to get to know fellow bloggers.

This week's topic is Ten Books with X Setting 


I'm going with Top Ten Books Set on Other Planets

I always like otherwordly art so this was a fun topic. A lot of these are older cover illustrations done by Michael Whelan. He's long been my favorite cover artist and he's done a ton of SF/F covers over the years. So here are books set on other worlds. And while some of these are favorites of mine, I picked these solely on the basis of the covers.  

A Princess of Mars (Barsoom, #1)Thuvia, Maid of Mars (Barsoom, #4)The Chessmen of Mars (Barsoom, #5)John Carter of Mars (Barsoom, #11)Planet of Exile Destiny's RoadThis Alien ShoreOld VenusThe Sky People (Lords of Creation, #1)Shades of Earth (Across the Universe, #3)World of Water (Dev Harmer Mission, #2)



A Princess of Mars (Barsoom, #1) 

I've included several of the John Carter of Mars books mainly for the cover art, although the first three are a pretty good story. 


Thuvia, Maid of Mars (Barsoom, #4) 

This is the fourth book where John Carter's daughter takes center stage. I've included the full version below. 


The Chessmen of Mars (Barsoom, #5) 

The highlight of this one is a living chess match - and there are even rules for the game in the back of the book (it differs from chess). 


John Carter of Mars (Barsoom, #11) 

The last book of the series, not very good, but a distinctive cover. there's a city and another bird with rider that you can't see- full image below. 


Planet of Exile 

One of my favorite books. Interesting fact: there are a lot of similarities to A Song of Ice and Fire. Seasons last for fifteen years, there is an impending winter as the story opens, there's a barbarian migration (the wildlings?) and an eerie threat from the north- snowghouls- are coming south with the barbarians. Sound familiar? 

Destiny's Road 

This is a book about a lost colony and I haven't read it but the cover art got my attention. Once I saw the full version of the art I was impressed. You can see the full version below. 

This Alien Shore 

I haven't read this one yet but it's on my TBR. I think the cover scene is set on a space station.  

 

The Pern books have been hit or miss for me but this one is cover love. Not that impressive until you see the full version.  


Old Venus 

An anthology of stories about Venus as depicted in the pulp days- a hot, humid planet teeming with life, or alternatively a water or swamp world inhabited by dinosaurs or strange aquatic beings. 

The Sky People (Lords of Creation, #1)

Another example of Venus teeming with life. 

Shades of Earth (Across the Universe, #3)


I haven't read this series yet but I plan to- I love generation ship type stories and I understand in this one they reach the planet, so I'm curious. 

World of Water (Dev Harmer Mission, #2)

This was a fun book set on a water planet. 

A lot of these have the cover art cropped and with the lettering it can be hard to get the full impact. So I've included the full image for some of these below. The artist on these is Michael Whelan and you can find his site here.  

 

So much more detail here, with the second entrance and the other moon and even the fallen pistol in the foreground.  

 
This version has the exotic city and two moons, along with a dusting of stars overhead. I love the eye image in the wall of the city. 



A living chess match- with the full image you get the sense of scale, the immensity of the playing area and the city in the background. 

 
With this one you get the second bird, as well as the city in the background and the second moon. 

 
I love the ocean as well as the little flying creatures and what looks like three moons in the sky. Plus the details of the vegetation- you just can't see all that on the cover art. 

 

So many details



This is another one with so many details. The caravan stretches way back (hard to see even here, but I've seen a super blown up version and it's amazing), there's a person on the great stump, more people on the far right, a little creature in the lower left- and of course lots more dragons than you see on the cover. 

39 comments:

  1. I'm not familiar with any of these books! Fun list though. :-)

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    1. Thanks! Have a great Tuesday. :)

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  2. I've heard of the John Carter series thanks to the movie but the only one I've read is the Beth Revis series (the first book). I still need to finish the series. I thought that Across the Universe was pretty entertaining and liked that there was a murder mystery to solve as well. My topic this week is book set in other worlds so I incorporated science fiction and fantasy.

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    1. I want to read that story, I like generation ship books. Can't wait to see your post!

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  3. I don't think I know any but well I'm not that much into other planet books and sci-fi even if I read some from time to time

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    1. I don't read as much sci fi lately oddly enough- that's all I used to read. Now I read more broadly but still like a good sci fi once in a while. :)

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  4. Nice choice of setting! I've never read any of these, but I like Maid of Mars and Princess of Mars for their covers. And the full version of Destiny's Road is gorgeous. Shades of Earth is also pretty, in a different way.

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    1. Thanks! I like some of those MArs covers even if the stories don't read as well for me as they used to. :) And I agree about Destiny's Road- I love that art w/o all the lettering and stuff. Shaes of earth I want to read...

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  5. I always stand (okay, sit) in amazement on the books you list. WHERE do you find them? Have to be honest - when I saw the theme, two things popped in my mind: 1. My own TTT (have a look please) and Greg and Kristen will choose fantasy settings!!! So yea!! Your post looks great! Here's my TTT: http://marelithalkink.blogspot.co.za/2016/08/top-ten-tuesday-find-x.html

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    1. Thank you- ha ha I've been doing a lot of these topics lately, I'll need to pick something else soon. :) I'm glad you like the picks- a lot of these are older and are stuff I read as a kid or found in used bookstores.

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  6. Great list!

    I love the idea of books set on other planets. I wonder if I could find a book set on each of the planets in our solar system....

    Here's my Top Ten!

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    1. Thank you! Have a super Tuesday.

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  7. Great list! I love books set on other planets but I haven't read any of these books yet. Shades of Earth has been on my TBR for a long time though, so I should definitely get to that :)

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    1. Shades of earth and that whole series I need to read soon.

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  8. This week's is a very nice topic because I saw a lot of books I haven't before.
    Nice list Greg!
    My TTT.

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    1. Me too! Getting lots of ideas... :)

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  9. These covers are fantastic! Now that I think of it, I haven't read that many books set on other planets. The last one was The Martian, that's all I remember. Okay, Illuminae was another but I didn't like it as much ... Great list, Greg! :)

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    1. Illuminae would have been a great choice! I should have used it. :) A lot of these are older, but I got carried away. :)

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  10. I obviously need to read more sci-fi! I haven't read any of these but many of them look good. I'll have to check a couple of these out from the library.

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    1. A lot of these are older and found in used bookstores- I love a good used bookstore with a great sci fi section!

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  11. I have not read any Edgar Rice Burroughs. Is that something I should do? I have always meant to read Planet Of Exile, but never got around to it. I need to add it to Goodreads while I am still thinking about it. I have six to eight of the McCaffrey books in hardcover. I love the art and I want to collect them all, but I don't know if I will read them all because I started getting bored after the fifth one. Ha ha. The stories started to all sound the same to me after awhile. You should read the Across the Universe books. I really enjoyed them. I didn't like her The Body Electric standalone though. I had intended to read the next book she was working on (which I think came out recently?), but she went on this long, pretty radical, tirade about Feminism, which I am a strong supporter of, on her blog and it was borderline "we need to hate men", and I hate that. I wonder how her husband feels about it? She argued with me on Twitter about it too. So, yeah, I am not into reading anymore of her books. I will say I would like to do a reread of Across the Universe now that I know this, to see if I pick up any hint of that sentiment in her writing. Thanks for finding and including some of the full artwork. I loved it.

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    1. Edgar Rice Burroughs is hit or miss! The first three Mars books are good- quick, short and action packed. Keep in mind they were written early in the 20th century so the writing style is wordy, and they're not entirely politically correct- but there's nothing bad in them.

      Planet of Exile is VERY short- only about 124 pages. I reviewed it a while back. It's short and a good look at her early writing

      I want to read Beth Revis but that's funny about her tirade! I may have to go read it. :) And more Twitter fun huh? lol you always seem to get into the fun- but I like that you speak your mind.

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  12. I can see what would draw you to those covers! I haven't read any of these but I love the art for the Edgar Rice Burroughs books. This is clearly a talented artist. And it's fantastic that you highlighted them.

    Liselle @ Lunch-Time Librarian

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    1. I do love spotlighting the art! It was a fun post to put together. :)

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  13. Great list and those covers are amazing! The first title that popped into my head when I read your topic was Andy Weir's The Martian, which is another great read.

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  14. I think the only book I've ever read that's taken place on another planet is Ender's Game and that's really only the end. Oh wait! I forgot about Hitchhiker's Guide. I love all the vintage-y looking covers on these! I'll have to give Burroughs a try.

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  15. I love books in space but haven't read any of these! I did read the first book in the Beth Revis series but didn't continue with the series - it was interesting but one of the main characters irritated me.

    The artwork on the Michael Whelan covers is incredible! Also very interesting about the parallels between the LeGuin and TSoIaF - hmmm... are there really any original ideas left? Good thing there are so many interesting ways to use all these common ideas!

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  16. I have read a couple on another planet - The Martian and These Broken Stars. The ones you have listed are all new to me but I agree some have great covers!! Great list!

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  17. Eeep! I haven't read ANY of these D: And as much as I adore sci-fi, I haven't read many books set on other planets! I need to fix that soon :)

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  18. I've not read many books on other planets but have heard Melissa Landers are good and do remember reading These Broken Stars which was good. Also, I've read about Beth's novels, but never read one. Thanks for visiting Finding Wonderland. :)

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  19. These retro covers and graphics are really making me want to read these books. I have the princess of Mars first story on audio and I can't wait to listen because it looks like my type of story/series.

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  20. Interesting topic! I have only heard of the Beth Revis book out of this list. Those other covers look so retro, I love it, haha. Planet of Exile sounds really cool.

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  21. I hope you like the Across the Universe books, they're so good!

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  22. Great setting pick! Why the heck haven't I read any of these??? :/

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  23. That's a great TTT Greg - may I pinch your idea? I've got one or three suggestions of my own:)). Yes - I enjoyed Across the Universe and would like to read the other books in the series. And I do dimly recall reading one of the Edgar Rice Burroughs books in this series a long, long time ago and very much enjoyed the earlier Pern stories - I particularly liked the twist that turned it from a fantasy to a sci fi story. Thank you for sharing the amazing artwork - which the covers don't remotely do justice to. I'm going to suffer Olympic withdrawal symptoms, having become thoroughly addicted! Have a great week. My Sunday Post - https://sjhigbee.wordpress.com/2016/08/21/sunday-post-21st-august/

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  24. I survived 6th grade on Dragonrider of Pern books from the school library. The other book all these covers bring to my mind is The Martian Chronicles, which I LOVED when I read it, also in middle school.

    I don't read much sci fi, so a few years ago when I was participating in a Giving Tree thing at work, and the dad in our family requested sci fi, I picked up The Left Hand of Darkness and Ender's Game, two sci fi novels I really really enjoyed. Then I asked my nephew, who's a fan of the genre, what he'd recommend, and he started by naming those two! (It just now occurs to me that the authors are pretty much political opposites.)

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  25. Michael Whelan & Rowena Morrill were both a big part of my childhood.

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  26. The Across The Universe Series was good but I think the first book in the series was the best.

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  27. I love your approach to this past week's topic, Greg! So many new to me titles, although I am familiar with some of these authors. I've read LeGuin and McCaffrey before and enjoyed their work.

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