Sci-Fi Month

Sci-Fi Month: Favourite Sci-Fi Book Covers


Today I’m going to share my favourite science fiction book covers with you. Feel free to join in and share your link in the comments below! Don’t forget to check out the schedule for the rest of today’s posts. You can also Tweet about the event using the hashtag #RRSciFiMonth.


Hyperion and The Fall of Hyperion (Hyperion Cantos #1 & #2) by Dan Simmons – I love these editions of this amazing series. Silhouettes are always a good choice, and the pilgrims on the front of the first book and the Shrike on the front of the second emphasise  whom each book centres around. And I really like it when series use a similar format for each book, changing small details like a main colour.

Fahrenheit 451 and The Illustrated Man by Ray Bradbury – these editions of Bradbury’s books are just gorgeous. The vector illustrations and colour schemes work so well, and they’re eye-catching without being too cluttered.

The Time Machine by H.G. Wells – this abstract cover works so well. It represents the blueprints and designs for the time machine, and is as mysterious as the workings of the machine itself. I always love the Penguin Classics covers!

The Day of the Triffids by John Wyndham – I chose this one because of the bright colours, it really catches my eye. I don’t actually particularly like a lot of the SF Masterworks covers, but this one is pretty. Plus giant man-eating plants attacking London!

Ender in Exile by Orson Scott Card – this cover really says ‘science fiction’ to me. It’s pretty simple, whilst being gorgeous – I love the NASA photos of deep space, all the wonderful colours and different stars.

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline – 8-bit cover! Pretty much instantly captures the book in one. Whilst not a ‘pretty’ cover like some, I think this one works so well with the subject matter.

Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles #1) by Marissa Meyer – I mostly just think this cover is really clever. Cinder is a cyborg after all, so instantly conveying that message whilst using a traditional Cinderella image was a really good idea.

All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill – this one is so much nicer than the UK cover! The drab, grey buildings and stormy sky remind me of the dullness of every day life, and the clock in the middle represents the excitement of time travel. But that’s just me… just waiting for the TARDIS to arrive.

Jack Glass by Adam Roberts – definitely one of the prettiest covers I’ve seen so far this year, of any genre. It looks absolutely gorgeous and completely bends the stereotype of a ‘typical’ science fiction book cover.

What are your favourite science fiction covers? If you make your own post, feel free to link it up and let me know in the comments!


20 thoughts on “Sci-Fi Month: Favourite Sci-Fi Book Covers”

  1. Great covers, all of them! Especially the Hyperion covers and Jack Glass. Maybe I’m a sucker for colors but that last one is simply gorgeous! Too bad I didn’t feel the book was on par with the cover!

  2. The covers of All Our Yesterdays and Cinder! They’re amazing and the best YA sci-fi has to offer.I really like the cover of Ender in Exile, so sci-fi-ey!

  3. I have to say because I’m YA Sci-Fi Fan that my favourites would have to be Cinder and All Our Yesterdays. But for me I judged Cinder by the cover and I didn’t enjoy the novel very much. 😦 Which I hated. I know a lot of people liked it though. Great Post Rinn! 🙂

    1. Oh, did you not? I thought it was a great retelling, very clever but I didn’t absolutely love it like so many – I gave it 4 stars in the end =)

  4. I love these covers! Ender in Exile is possibly my favourite, though I also love Cinder, All our yesterdays, Ready Player One and the Ray Bradbury covers. They’re very different, but I like them all! I enjoyed Cinder but like you I didn’t love it quite as much as everyone else seemed to! Your review of All Our Yesterdays meant that’s gone on my TBR list, and I definitely agree with you that this cover is nicer than our UK one!

  5. Ready Player One’s cover is so cute 😀 The little guy and the key. I want to hug it– which means I must get the book. Ooh, my teacher has Fahrenheit 451 in her class library, except it has the cover edition with the book that doubles as a box of matches.Jack Glass’ cover is so beautiful. The stain glass colors are just stunning, and yes, it is definitely different from the typical science fiction book cover.

  6. I absolutely agree about those Bradbury covers. I love those. And this Ready Player One cover is far superior to the one on the copy I read.

    1. Did you read the one with the houses/shacks stacked up on the cover? Or the red/orange one? I think this one is definitely the best of the three =)

  7. I’ve never seen those two Bradbury covers before. They are pretty good for sure. The Cinder cover fascinated me when I first saw it. I picked up the book, but haven’t read it yet. I have a top ten covers post scheduled for later in the month, so I’ll link it up then.

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