Best SFF Award Nominee Book Cover Award 2016: longlist

[UPDATE: oops left off the Nebula nominees] And you can participate! Yes you! No, not you – the person behind you. That’s it, you!

Last year I ranked the Hugo best novels by book covers. I am going to do the same this year but I’ll extend the field to include the Nebulas, Clarkes and whattheheck The Dragons (winners only – too many nominees). So not quite the Felapton Towers award for best SFF book cover because that is wayyyy to big a field but instead the Felapton Towers award for best SFF book cover for books that got nominated for an award.

PLUS: BONUS AUDIENCE PARTICIPATION! Regular readers (yes, even Phantom) please suggest one other book not on the initial list!

The longlist (‘x2’ means the book has at least two distinct cover designs in play):

  • The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet – Becky Chambers (Hodder & Stoughton) x2
  • Europe at Midnight – Dave Hutchinson (Solaris)
  • The Book of Phoenix – Nnedi Okorafor (Hodder & Stoughton)
  • Arcadia – Iain Pears (Faber & Faber)
  • Way Down Dark – J.P. Smythe (Hodder & Stoughton)
  • Children of Time – Adrian Tchaikovsky (Tor)
  • Somewhither: A Tale of the Unwithering Realm by John C. Wright (Castalia House)
  • Son of the Black Sword by Larry Correia (Baen)
  • The Shepherd’s Crown by Terry Pratchett (Penguin) x2
  • Hell’s Foundations Quiver by David Weber (Tor)
  • League of Dragons by Naomi Novak (Del Rey)
  • Ctrl Alt Revolt! by Nick Cole (Amazon)
  • Souldancer by Brian Niemeier (Amazon)
  • The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin (Orbit)
  • Uprooted by Naomi Novik (Del Rey) x2
  • Ancillary Mercy by Ann Leckie (Orbit)
  • Seveneves: A Novel by Neal Stephenson (William Morrow)
  • The Cinder Spires: The Aeronaut’s Windlass by Jim Butcher (Roc)
  • Raising Caine, Charles E. Gannon (Baen)
  • The Grace of Kings, Ken Liu (Saga)
  • Barsk: The Elephants’ Graveyard, Lawrence M. Schoen (Tor)
  • Updraft, Fran Wilde (Tor)

Rules: I’m going to make up some criteria in the next post!

Winner will receive a signed jpeg of Timothy.

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22 comments

  1. Mark

    For extra bonus work to do, there are some great covers on the novellas…

    I’m going to throw in a wild card of Envy of Angels by Matt Wallace, because it’s a very silly looking cover that transforms into a really good joke after you’ve finished the book.

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      • thephantom182

        Two words: Penny Royal. Also, giant miles long spaceship factory that looks like a harmonica and functions at a rate measured in dreadnoughts-per-minute. Giant -pissed off- spaceship factory. That’s just the backdrop.

        Asher has been roundly ignored by the Awards Set for lo these many years, one of the many reasons I became and remain a Sad Puppy. THIS, by god, is Science Fiction.

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  2. JJ

    thephantom182: Asher has been roundly ignored by the Awards Set for lo these many years, one of the many reasons I became and remain a Sad Puppy. THIS, by god, is Science Fiction.

    I read Asher’s Dark Intelligence earlier this year. I picked it up because the blurb sounded good. I love science fiction, especially MilSF, and this novel was… endless descriptions of a human morphing into an alien crustacean. Very little action, very little excitement, very little interesting. If this is typical Asher, then it’s not surprising that he hasn’t been winning awards.

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    • thephantom182

      I found the “endless descriptions of a human morphing into an alien crustacean” to be clever, fascinating and fun. I have everything he’s written to date, and eagerly await the next installment.

      I daresay tastes differ, JJ. It would appear -my- taste is not well represented among the Award Set. Efforts to rectify that situation continue apace.

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      • JJ

        phantom182: It would appear -my- taste is not well represented among the Award Set. Efforts to rectify that situation continue apace.

        As long as those efforts consist of encouraging people to participate in the process — without encouraging them to nominate or vote for a specified list of works, then good on you.

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  3. CeeV

    I’ll nominate The Watchmaker of Filigree Street by Natasha Pulley. That’s the first book cover that’s prompted me to look up the artist since Thomas Canty’s covers back in the ’90s. Unlike Canty, I’ve been less impressed by most of David Mann’s other work. But I still do adore his cover for Watchmaker.

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