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The SF Signal Podcast (Episode 024): Interview with Philippa Ballantine + Can You Judge a Book By Its Cover?

Book covers have come a long way. In some cases they are more creative, more descriptive, more detailed than ever before. But they’re also trippier, minimalist and in some cases, unhelpful. Are we seeing a new golden age of book covers or are we slipping into a dark age where the artist is replaced by the typographer laying out the title on a blank canvas?

In episode 24 of the SF Signal Podcast, Patrick Hester asks the SF Signal gang:

Q: Can you judge a book by its cover?

Later, Patrick Hester sits down to chat with Philippa Ballantine, author of Weaver’s Web, Chasing the Bard, Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences, Weather Child, Digital Magic and Geist.


Now it’s your turn: Can you judge a book by its cover? Leave us a voicemail and let us know!

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Patrick Hester is a writer, blogger, podcasting dude, Denver transplant and all around Functional Nerd. Don't hate him cuz he has a cool hat.

3 Comments on The SF Signal Podcast (Episode 024): Interview with Philippa Ballantine + Can You Judge a Book By Its Cover?

  1. That’s like saying, “Can you judge a movie by its trailer?”.  No way; I’ve been burned too many times.


  2. No, you can’t judge a book by its cover… mostly… but surely none of us can argue that a book’s cover CAN lead you down a particular idea about what it would possibly be like, particularly in genre fiction.

    We see sooooo many fantasy and/or SF novels that share a similar cover style that it becomes difficult to pick one from the crowd. The most frustratingly prevelant is the wild-haired character taking up half the cover space with a futuristic/mountainous backdrop or some such, wielding a gun/sword.

    Whilst I certainly don’t judge whether it’ll be any good or not based on the cover, I do decide whether or not to bother reading it… and when a cover looks so stereotypical I more often than not will decide to pick up something else.

  3. Books should have no covers, just words.  It should look like the generic section of the supermarket.


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