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Our favourite science fiction and fantasy book covers of 2016

We couldn’t track down the designer for a couple of these, so if you know who they are please tell us in the comments!

The Year 200 by Augustín de Rojas

Restless Books
Restless Books

Cover by Edel Rodriguez

There’s a collection of Cuban sci-fi put out by an American indie called Restless Books that are all done in these crazy vibrant colours that pop off the cover. I’ll never tire of a space-scape but I think we’re all due a bit more mad yellow on our SFF shelves.

– Heather

Central Station by Lavie Tidhar

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Cover by Sarah Anne Langton

Sarah created our dodo logo, so naturally we’re big fans, and she’s knocked it out the park again with this one.

– Fleur

 

The Penguin Galaxy series

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Covers by Alex Trochut

I love the simplicity of the Penguin Sci-Fi classics from this year. 

– Aimee

 

Sorcerer to the Crown by Zen Cho

sorcerer-to-the-crown

Sorcerer to the Crown has a gorgeous, rich, baroque cover that really suits the novel’s style and atmosphere.

– Anne

 

Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton

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I haven’t even read the book yet but the cover just looks gorgeous.

– Sharan

The Crow Girl by Eric Axl Sund

the-crow-girlCover by Peter Mendelsund and Oliver Munday.

You just know this book is going to be messed up.

– Fleur

 

A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab

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Cover by Will Staehle

A Gathering of Shadows is at once quite quaint and also a little disturbing, somehow. Must be all the reaching hands.

– Aimee

Time Travel: A History by James Gleick

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Cover by Peter Mendelsund

Not exactly science fiction, but science fiction adjacent. This book cover is s0 so clever and so so stylish.

– Fleur

 

The Essex Serpent

© Serpent's Tail
© Serpent’s Tail

Cover by Peter Dyer

Cheating a bit, but it IS about a possible magical monster, I was wowed like everyone else by this use of spectacular Victorian wallpaper.

– Oliver

Revenger by Alastair Reynolds

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And I love the way the title and the cover art work together on Alastair Reynolds’ novel Revenger to create a really forbidding (and enticing) science fictional whole.

And frankly, we here at Hodder knocked it out of the park with our 2016 covers.

– Anne