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Judging an SF Book by its Cover
"I'll describe the cover of a science fiction classic - in one of its editions. See if you can identify the correct book from the clues on the cover. (Believe me, you won't need to have the same edition to know the answer...)"
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The modern version of the cover of this classic depicts an elderly man seated inside a blue cylinder inside two massive doors - which must be surely be somewhere on a planet called Trantor. Which book might this be?
The Gods Themselves
The Caves of Steel
The cover of this book often shows a fair-skinned young man with dark hair - it would seem to be Valentine Michael Smith - against a deep blue background. A woman reaches down to him. Which of these is the title?
The Moon is a Harsh Mistress
Time Enough for Love
Stranger in a Strange Land
On the jacket of early editions of this book there is a rather pterodactyl-like golden dragon in flight against a green sky. A red globe hangs balefully in the sky. So which of these is the correct title?
This cover shows an ice sculpture in a frozen wilderness against an alien night sky. The sculpture has two human faces, one male, and the other female. Which book can be found with this striking cover artwork?
The Left Hand of Darkness
The Word for World is Forest
On the jacket of this book is seen a woman in a naval uniform, a cat-like creature on her shoulder. Behind her you see a space station spinning against a pink nebulosity. Which book is this?
On Basilisk Station
Off Armageddon Reef
The Excalibur Alternative
The Armageddon Inheritance
In the words of one of the characters, the illustration on the cover of my copy of this book: "Looks like a star with a hoop around it". Which of these is its title?
The Mote in God's Eye
Typically, the cover of this book shows a pair of monks in the foreground. Behind them is a mountain, on top of which a tall thin tower rises vertically into the heavens. What does the title read?
Songs of Distant Earth
Fountains of Paradise
Rendezvous with Rama
My copy of this novel has a cover illustration depicting a desert world. In the foreground is a man in concealing clothing so that all one can see is his eyes, which are a solid blue with no whites. In the background is a flying machine called an ornithopter. What does the title read?
The White Plague
The Green Brain
This cover depicts a watery alien planet. In the foreground are two humans in futuristic wetsuits with a pair of uplifted dolphins wearing their own 'suits'. What is this book called?
The Practice Effect
My copy of this novel shows a series of horizontal human forms against a dark green background - in more recent editions, the human forms are still there, but the background now depicts a great river in a long valley with wide green banks flanked by high cliffs. Which SF classic has this cover art?
The Maker of Universes
To Your Scattered Bodies Go
Image of the Beast
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Compiled May 19 13