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Book Cover Smackdown! ‘Death and Resurrection’ vs. ‘Somewhere Beneath Those Waves’ vs. ‘Winning Mars’

Prime your engines, folks! It’s time for another Book Cover Smackdown!

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Your Mission (should you choose to accept it): Tell us which cover you like best and why.

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Book Cover Smackdown! ‘The Five’ vs. ‘Anno Dracula’ vs. ‘Birthmarked’

Break out your ruler, folks! It’s time for another Book Cover Smackdown!

Here are the contenders…

Your Mission (should you choose to accept it): Tell us which cover you like best and why.

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Book Cover Smackdown! ‘The Gildar Rift’ vs. ‘God’s War’ vs. ‘Scratch Monkey’

Don your Power Armour, folks! It’s time for another Book Cover Smackdown!

Here are the contenders…

Your Mission (should you choose to accept it): Tell us which cover you like best and why.

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Book Cover Smackdown! ‘Blackveil’ vs. ‘The Inheritance’ vs. ‘The Floating Islands’

Curl up with your kittens, folks! It’s time for another Book Cover Smackdown!

Here are the contenders…

Your Mission (should you choose to accept it): Tell us which cover you like best and why.

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Book Cover Smackdown! ‘Blackveil’ vs. ‘Ravensoul’ vs. ‘The Sacred Band’

Saddle your pterippus, folks! It’s time for another Book Cover Smackdown!

Here are the contenders…

Your Mission (should you choose to accept it): Tell us which cover you like best and why.

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Book Cover Smackdown! ‘Echo City’ vs. ‘The Water Wars’ vs. ‘Deathless’

Grab your water bottles, gas masks and Lugers folks! It’s time for another Book Cover Smackdown!

Here are the contenders…

Your Mission (should you choose to accept it): Tell us which cover you like best and why.

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Book Cover Smackdown! ‘The Poison Throne’ vs. ‘The Crowded Shadows’ vs. ‘The Rebel Prince’

Grab your quill and ink, folks! It’s time for another Book Cover Smackdown!

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Your Mission (should you choose to accept it): Tell us what you think of these bold covers.

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Book Cover Smackdown! ‘Echo City’ vs. ‘Halo: Cryptum’ vs. ‘Zoe’s Tale’

Grab your Spartan Armor, folk! It’s time for another Book Cover Smackdown!

Here are the contenders…

Your Mission (should you choose to accept it): Tell us which cover you like best and why.

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Book Cover Smackdown! ‘Fenrir’ vs. ‘The Goblin Corps.’ vs. ‘Finch’

Grab your swordbreaker, folk! It’s time for another Book Cover Smackdown!

Here are the contenders…

Your Mission (should you choose to accept it): Tell us which cover you like best and why.

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Book Cover Smackdown! ‘Leviathan Wakes’ vs. ‘Fuzzy Nation’ vs. ‘Out of the Dark’

Grab your ray guns and pressure suits! It’s time for another Book Cover Smackdown!

Here are the contenders…

Your Mission (should you choose to accept it): Tell us which cover you like best and why.

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Book Cover Smackdown! ‘Equations of Life’ vs. ‘Theories of Flight’ vs. ‘Degrees of Freedom’

Hope you’re ready! It’s time for another Book Cover Smackdown!

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Your Mission (should you choose to accept it): In a world where the cover art for Science Fiction novels is often inundated by ray guns, spaceships and space marines, Orbit Books has gone in a very different direction with the upcoming release of Simon Morden’s Petrovich Trilogy. What do you think? Do you like like the outside-the-box design? Or do you prefer more traditional cover art?

And here’s what Anna Gregson from Orbit Books says about the designs:

To give you a bit of background on the cover concept – we have taken advantage of some classic optical illusions, choosing images that speak to the role of Samuel Petrovitch as a physicist and mathematician. In the Equations of Life cover, the white and black centre seems to start breaking into other colours. The Theories of Flight cover plays with dimensionality and also plays off a model of space-time as Einstein theorized it. The Degrees of Freedom cover starts to break the maze-like design into cells and levels which, I think, really portrays the feeling of entrapment.

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Book Cover Smackdown! ‘Spellbound’ vs. ‘The Heir of Night’ vs. ‘Wild Cards I’

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Book Cover Smackdown! ‘Final Days’ vs. ‘Napier’s Bones’ vs. ‘Red Harvest’

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Book Cover Smackdown! ‘Pegasus’ vs. ‘The Unremembered’ vs. ‘The River of Shadows’

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On Genre Diversity (Or, Why Mark Charan Newton Was Right)

Recently, Mark Charan Newton, author of Nights of Villjamur, as he’s wont to do, stirred some feathers when he challenged several bloggers to diversify their book coverage, to shift focus from all the frontlist new releases and give more coverage to the wonderful backlist of the genre. Long story short, the blogosphere can only handle so many reviews of Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins, The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson and The Black Prism by Brent Weeks. Authors and novels of high profile get a huge push from their publishers, and that results in coverage from every blogger under the sun; Newton argues that it would do everyone (reader, author and reviewer alike) some good to look into the past.

Myself and Larry Nolen, from OF Blog of the Fallen, disagreed with Newton, at least in part. We agreed with Newton that diversification is a good thing, but that true diversification means so much more than just dipping your toe into the forgotten classics of the genre; rather, it’s about stepping outside the boundaries of the frontlist books (you know, those ones that are shoved down your throat through blogs, twitter, Facebook, newsletters, bookstore promotions and heft marketing budgets) and explore what else the genre has to offer, regardless of whether it was released today, a month ago or before the Toronto Maple Leafs won their last Stanley Cup (1969, for all you non-Hockey fans reading this). The Speculative Fiction genre has so much to offer that you could pick books out at random and never run out of good reading (granted, there’s an equal share of bad reading in there, but it’s good to experience that from time to time, to keep perspective), so why are we bloggers and reviewers often obsessed with keeping up with the times?

Of course, discussions on the ethics of bloggers are boring. But this call for diversification is something all readers might consider, whether they end up taking Newton’s advice or not.

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