Sunday, October 30, 2016

Cover Characteristics Retro Cover


Cover Characteristics is a meme by Sugar and Snark- every week a characteristic is selected and we post 5 books with that week's theme.  



This week's pick- Retro   

Going rogue again- this week I am taking a look at books with retro covers. And since SciFi Month begins tomorrow I'm getting a bit of an early start as these are all SF books.   

World of Water (Dev Harmer Mission, #2)As the Green Star Rises (Green Star, #4)Image result for sky pirates of callistoPirates of Venus (Venus, #1)Image result for pirates of venusThe Time Traders (The Time Traders, #1)Galactic DerelictImage result for one against herculum




A favorite cover of mine. There's so much to see here that the cover doesn't do it justice- I've included the full artwork below (bottom of post).  





World of Water (Dev Harmer Mission, #2)

This isn't really a retro cover as it's a fairly new release, but it has that retro feel for me.  

As the Green Star Rises (Green Star, #4)

A book about a world orbiting a green star, with huge trees that ascend miles into the air. 
Of course an Earth guy ends up there, although this one is kinda different as he keeps taking on the bodies of people who've died. The usual planetary romance stuff. 

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I don't know- the boat's silly but there's some guys on rocks and a city in the background- this was something you saw a lot with this artist (there always seems to be water). Plus it's set on a moon of Jupiter.  

Pirates of Venus (Venus, #1)

Love the cover- and especially the city in the bottom right corner, which is easy to miss. 

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Another cover- same artist I think. Pretty old school, of course the woman is upside down on a lizard SMH.  

The Time Traders (The Time Traders, #1)

Galactic Derelict


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15 comments:

  1. Old sci-fi covers can be the best and cheesiest at the same time. Sometimes I just love looking at them and seeing what elements I can discover. The Time Traders looks like a giant Christmas ornament floating in water to me :)

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    1. I know! And you're right- it totally looks like an ornament floating in water. I had not even realized that, but now that you mention it you're so right! lol

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  2. I love retro sci-fi covers! I like how you can immediately tell they're sci-fi. A lot of newer covers you could possibly mix up with fantasy or crime, as they don't have that signature style that sci-fi covers used to have.

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    1. I do too. Some are pretty bad but others are so evocative too. And yes they are definitely sci fi- you're right sometimes especially with newer YA SF sometimes it's kind of ambiguous? Like it COULD be SF but it might be something else too?

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  3. Retro sci-fi, nice! It's interesting how these retro covers all have that similar look. But they do feel very sci-fi. I was thinking the same thing as Laura that it seems like these have a more obvious sci-fi feel than today's covers (although maybe I just don't happen to look at a lot of super sci-fi-y books). But these are fun! The Star Born one is my favorite :-)

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    1. Thanx! And you're right- they do all share a certain something, that old school feel. I know what you mean they were just more unabashedly SF somehow. I think maybe because they were illustrated rather than being just generic sorta art or model studies or whatever. Maybe that's why dos Santos' stuff is s good- he's an illustrator.

      Star Born is my fave too- it has that sense of wonder. The way the ship is offloading stuff, and there's people in the hatches or windows or whatever- I just love all the touches.

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  4. NICE. Retro fantasy and/or sci-fi covers are so much fun to look at sometimes. (When they're not too cheesy, I mean.) I don't know how "retro" this is compared to the covers you shared, but my copy of Ursula K. Le Guin's The Dispossessed is this one here: https://www.goodreads.com/book/photo/13651.The_Dispossessed

    On a fantasy note, I also have one of the older covers for Gabriel's Sabriel and Lirael books. They're from the 1990s, so they're "younger" than the books you shared, but their covers have that "throwback" feel to them. Here are links to those, if you're interested.

    Sabriel: https://www.goodreads.com/book/photo/518848.Sabriel

    Lirael: https://www.goodreads.com/book/photo/47645.Lirael

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    1. Thank you. And I agree- there is something about the old covers. :) I have not seen any of those covers before- thanks for sharing them. They do indeed have that throwback vibe- I agree.

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  5. Sci-Fi definitely tends to do retro well! Thanks for sharing. :)

    -Lauren

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  6. You can totally picture how the entire book looks--the yellowing pages, the smaller size, the slightly funky smell. These remind me of the copy of The Martian Chronicles we read in 7th grade in the very early 1980s.

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    1. Ha so true- picking stuff up like this in a used bookstore they would totally have that old book smell and feel. :)

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  7. I love the cover for Star Born, it is very futuristic looking.

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    1. I think so too- it sort of has that retro future look, if that makes sense. :)

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  8. I have the first three Dune paperbacks as a boxed set and that is the cover style! :D

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