Comments: 34
Kaethe 9 years ago
Thanks for pointing this out. So are most cover designers lazy, unimaginative, or hideously overworked?
Ceridwen 9 years ago
It's true; they are. Plus the designers are at the mercy of whoever makes that final decision, who is likely in marketing. The uniformity is truly stunning though.
Kaethe 9 years ago
I'm going to have to start complaining about africawashing now, aren't I?
Does Africa need washing? Parts of Europe do... ;-)
Kaethe 9 years ago
Apparently the entire continent needs a nice red-orange wash to the sky. Africa: it's like Mars, only it has a tree!
See, I thought Mars was like Utah...without a tree.
Merle 9 years ago
That graphic is stunning! Come to think of it, books set in Africa always have rural looking covers, even if the actual setting is urban. Half of a Yellow Sun for instance is primarily set in cities and towns. And even the rural part I had the impression was in a forested area, not a plain with one tree.
Kaethe 9 years ago
Cities! Pshaw! There are no cities on Mars.
There are in the books I read...
Kaethe 9 years ago
Well, yeah, I read those too. Okay, Mars can have cities, but not Africa or Antarctica, or Australia. Those continents must be depicted with wild animals and empty space. Pay no attention to the Sydney Opera House. Look at the kangaroo.
Flip me! There are kangaroos in Antarctica?!
;-)
Ceridwen 9 years ago
The Kangaroos of Mars was one of my favorite novels when I was a kid.
I want to read that! Who's it by?
Ceridwen 9 years ago
Uh, Author McIjustmadethatup.
I knew it :-( You're gonna hafta write it yourself, now!
Kaethe 9 years ago
I'd read it.
Kaethe 9 years ago
No, Antarctica has the penguins who make toys for Southern Hemisphere Santa
There are two Santas?! My childhood is ruined!
Kaethe 9 years ago
According to my daughter: she figured there needed to be one at each pole in order to visit everyone in one night.
...and a few more besides...unless he uses hyper-advanced wormhole technology!
I'm liking the wormholes better - it explains why he has a flying sleigh!
Kaethe 9 years ago
Wormholes works for me. of course, there was also a theory about even more people, Santa-like distributors of gifts to people of other cultures, but the one-per-pole idea stuck.
Degrees of Affection 9 years ago
Crazy! Though I think the covers with ghostly people floating in the sky are even scarier. They look ginormous.
What should we call the spate of Chris Foss SF covers from the 70s (?); Implausible Spaceship Design Washing?
Ceridwen 9 years ago
Example, please?
Ceridwen 9 years ago
He must be stopped.
Maybe we should call it Foss-washing?
Ceridwen 9 years ago
I think it should just be called fossing. I don't see any washing about it.
Fossing it is.
I remember reading one of that Dutch dude's books about Africa as a kid and wondering how the protagonist managed to get lost in the bush when it appeared to have only one tree.
Ceridwen 9 years ago
Ha!