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Harper/Voyager UK to Release SF/F Classics with Beautiful Minimalist Covers

On the 28th of March 2013, Harper/Voyager will reprint 7 classic sf/f novels with beautiful minimalist covers to accompany the special minimalist-cover Collector’s Edition of The Hobbit that is out right now.

Read on to see bigger versions of the new covers…

The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien (Nov 8 2012)

I, Robot by Isaac Asimov (28 Mar 2013)

Neuromancer by William Gibson (28 Mar 2013)

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury (28 Mar 2013)

Magician by Raymond E. Feist (28 Mar 2013)

A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1) by George R. R. Martin (28 Mar 2013)

The Once and Future King by T. H. White (28 Mar 2013)
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7 Comments on Harper/Voyager UK to Release SF/F Classics with Beautiful Minimalist Covers

  1. I think you delight in making me spend money, Mr. DeNardo! πŸ™‚

    Many of these are striking. I think I’ll for sure be picking up yet another copy of I, Robot. And this may be the perfect time to pick up and read Neuromancer.

    • Heh. There’s truth to the adage that Covers Sell. I can’t tell you how many times I bought a book because it had a cool cover (whether I already had the book or not).

  2. Nick Sharps // January 11, 2013 at 1:25 pm //

    These are awesome. I will be buying one of each. I love minimalist style.

  3. These are gorgeous! I love minimalist covers. I especially like Assassin’s Apprentice and Neuromancer here.

  4. Interesting image for Magician. Too bad that they delivered such a terrible cover for Feist’s Jimmy and the Crawler novella. That one stinks.

  5. The Fahrenheit 451 cover is nice enough, but I’m not sure most of these hit the mark. More than a few remind me of dodgy vector clip-art than minimalist design. And ‘I, Robot’… it’s been a while since I read it, but I don’t think that kind of chip circuitry was available in Asimov’s robots? Does that matter? Maybe not… but did the designer actually read the book? Gears, valves, pumps, vacuum tubes… all the older electronic stuff (avoiding any steampunk trappings, obviously) would have been more suitable?

    Is the ‘Neuromancer’ cover too reminiscent of The Matrix? It’s a shame, since it pre-dates those movies by a long way. Just seems a bit lazy to visualise cyberspace in this way? And there’s some funky optical illusion going on, making the text appear skewed.

    The ‘A Game of Thrones’ cover is quite messy, visually? I haven’t read the book yet but I’m assuming it’s a reference to ‘winter is coming’. A single branch and leaf might have been better?

    Accck… I hate to be critical. But we have this stuff shoved in our faces and just saying it’s ‘minimalist’ doesn’t make it so.

    Anyway, just my opinion. Some people will undoubtedly love them.

  6. Steve Oerkfitz // March 26, 2013 at 8:58 pm //

    Sure beats Baen Book covers.

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