Category: Book covers

  • Could you rewrite the Lord of the Rings as a techno-thriller?

    Could you rewrite the Lord of the Rings as a techno-thriller?

    Despite my attempt to resolve forever the difference between fantasy and science-fiction, apparently, my typography-based typology has yet to catch on and the never-ending discourse continues. I have mentioned before that while we make conscious attempts to define categories by sharp rules, our brains do weird things with them. One model (disputed) for the underlying […]


  • AI art and its (current) limitations

    I’ve had a lot of fun with Midjourney (, the machine learning-based art generator. There are a lot of examples here where I’ve used the program to make plausible-looking covers. Note that some of the covers have been made by other means (3D model renders), some have been tweaked in image editing software and […]

  • Book Launch: The Hugosauriad

    Two hundred and fifty two million years in the making, a book that spans geological eras, astronomical bodies colliding, and people getting upset at award ceremonies. Space! Big game hunters! A surprising number of priests! Atheist therapods! This is a book that has everything but a simple premise! Let’s go back to the beginning. The […]

  • Blogiversary: Greatest Hits

    Blogiversary: Greatest Hits

    Five years of all this nonsense but what nonsense were people reading and when? I’m down here in the archive stacks of Felapton Towers and blowing the dust off the weird old filing cabinets to find out. These posts are just the numbers-game hits rather than special favourites and often other factors drove the traffic […]

  • Coming soon…not one but two book launches

    Coming soon…not one but two book launches

    Blogiversary May madness continues as we work our way to the fifth anniversary of this blog. This month we’ll have TWO new(ish) books from Cattimothy House (an imprint of Felapton Towers Press). The second one will be later in the month and will be the long anticipated collected edition of The Hugosauriad (now with fewer […]

  • Coming soon: 2000 to 2019

  • A dinosaur’s world

    As I’m writing about dinosaurs in SF, Hugos and because I’ve written about book covers a lot, I just need to write a short post about the cover art to “The Mystery of Ireta” aka Dinosaur Planet book 1 and 2 (2004 Del Rey edition) Here’s the cover art zoomed in: It does rather look […]

  • The Consuming Book Title

    Tor Books have revealed the cover of the third book in John Scalzi’s ‘Interdependency’ series. It’s very nice: big bold text over gorgeous space-art. For reasons far too complex to recap, I have ended up being something of a student of the covers of these books and I’m kind of disappointed that there isn’t going […]

  • Amazon crackdown?

    Amazon crackdown?

    Has Amazon taken down books from the far-right Castalia House publishing outfit aka Vox Day’s vanity publisher? Vox Day is claiming that they have: “You may have noticed that you can’t find any Castalia House ebooks on Amazon right now. That’s because Amazon shut down our KDP account on the basis of a wildly spurious […]

  • Space Opera Book Cover Maker

    Ladles and Gentlebens, here it is: The Space Opera Book Cover Maker Thing! First a word of warning. The images take a while to load and might be even slower depending on your internet connection. However, that speeds up as your browser caches some of them. The basic idea is this. There are seven […]