This Video Explores the Experimental History of Scifi Book Covers

Some incredible cover art.
Image: Art from Amazing Stories. Screencap via YouTube

Science fiction novels have been, through the modern history of the printed book, a space for innovation and creativity. Their cover art, in particular, was something special, and beautiful.

In a new video, Nerdwriter runs down the history of cover art in the scifi novel, which is a history of visionary, weird artists playing within a distinct and fascinating space. He makes a compelling argument here for scifi book covers as a special, beautiful artistic space, doing distinctive and strange things throughout the entirety of the 20th century.


Some of this stuff is pretty iconic, but I didn’t know the history of the genre’s development in the detail that Nerdwriter spells it out. If you’ve ever

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