OK so Hiromi Goto’s The Kappa Child is awesome and I am going to post a passage from it soon but in the reviews people mention that the cover is awesome because if you look at it just the right way you can see a kappa in it and I can’t see the fucking kappa and is it something I’m missing? No kappa is jumping out at me. Can you tell I’ve been up all night because apparently I’m nocturnal now?
Redemption in Indigo: a novel, by Karen Lord via 50books-poc
I haven’t read it but the cover looked neat.
Description: “Riven Earth”, concept art for MMORPG Guild Wars 2. Three fantasy warriors are silhouetted in the foreground; behind them is a vista of waterfalls separated by gnarled, blasted outcroppings like the roots and branches of dead trees. The closest one looks like a face; the branches give it the appearance of horns, echoing the horned helmet of the tallest warrior. The palette is bright but desaturated, creating a bleak, desolate atmosphere.
This piece won Hawaiian-born, Seattle-based artist Kekai Kotaki the Gold Award in the concept art category at the Spectrum Awards (for sci-fi/fantasy art). Here’s a recent interview where he discusses his creative process, among other things. (He’s done several covers for Tor, whose art director, Irene Gallo, has posted the full list of award winners on the blog.)
from trekmovie.com’s article about the best Uhura novels
Description: Cover of Uhura’s Song by Janet Kagan, featuring Uhura, Spock, and a cat-alien, with a blue planet and the Enterprise in the background.
Muses just sent me the cover image (front and back) for the Chinese translation of Brown Girl in the Ring. Isn’t it gorgeous? Details I love: the woman’s features are actually black African; the part of her hair that’s natural (below the spiked red tips) is realistic to black women’s unprocessed hair; the spider on the woman’s shoulder works as a shoutout to Anansi; the feel of the cover is futuristic (I don’t get many of those, even when I write science fiction); the bulbous red-and-black spires to my mind effectively evoke Toronto’s CN Tower, which is an important structure in the book; they credited the photographer of my author pic, as I asked them to do.
The Dispossessed, Ursula Le Guin (M, 20s, mobius scarf, black hat w ear flaps, Burberry bag at feet, G train) http://bit.ly/hSt5Yi
Description: The Harper Perennial Classics cover of The Dispossessed, showing an arid landscape and a big empty sky. This is the one I have!
Malinda Lo takes a look at upcoming YA fantasy novels featuring characters of colour and/or gay characters, and argues that it’s justified to forgo cover art with people of colour, or cover copy that clearly indicates gay content, in the name of Getting Crap Past the Radar. Thoughts?
Via Nnedi Okorafor on Twitter.
What it says on the tin. Reminds me of the Smart Bitches’ cover snark!