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All right, I'm back with the next ten rockin' speculative fiction magazine covers. If you missed any, here's some links to help you along the way:



Name: Greatest Uncommon Denominator (GUD)
Issue: #0, Spring 2007
Cover artist: Unknown
Reason it rocks: Harkening back to that horrorific scene in John Carpenter's The Thing, this cover does an excellent job of being weird and not pigeon-holing itself into a horror magazine. Instead, on a body of the fallen angel molds, we have a goofy grin with nipples for eyes. The Photoshopping gets my approval.



Name: Postscripts
Issue: #17, Winter 2008
Cover artist: Edward Miller
Reason it rocks: Cthulhu and Santa in a rowboat. Let's leave it at that.



Name: Black Static
Issue: #9
Cover artist: Unknown
Reason it rocks: Layout is obviously an important aspect when it comes to cover art and such, and here we have an image smack dab in the middle of the page. But that's okay. Because you're going to want to look at this image, you're going to want to figure out how—and why—someone mailed a creepy critter. Also, love that it's going after the 9. Well done, Black Staticers.



Name: Realms of Fantasy
Issue: August 2008
Cover artist: Rebecca Guay
Reason it rocks: I bet you didn't expect to see a Realms of Fantasy cover in this list, but truth be told, they actually did have a couple of nice covers. Mind you, just a couple. For every stunning and beautiful piece of artwork to grace RoF's cover, there were ten bad ones with Xena the Warrior Princess or some typical D&D woman in a thong battling demons from the underworld. But I digress...Rebecca Guay is the reason I got into playing Magic the Gathering. Her artwork is so colorful and soft, so easy to look at, so emotional. She should be on more covers, I say.



Name: Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine
Issue: #24
Cover artist: Unknown
Reason it rocks: Though no one does flying whales like Kazu Kibuishi, this one manages to create a sense of wonder without falling into silliness.



Name: Subterranean
Issue: Winter 2008
Cover artist: Unknown
Reason it rocks: It's unclear what exactly the cover art is. A landscape? A puzzle? A mosaic made of toast? Either way, it does what it needs to do without being distracting. The colors work well with each other.



Name: Asimov's Science Fiction
Issue: Mid-December 1993
Cover artist: Unknown
Reason it rocks: Well, Dr. Zoidberg would certainly be jealous of this one's time in the limelight. But seriously, what is going on here? Gotta give the cover credit—it's got me curious. Also, where is its mouth?



Name: Farthing
Cover artist: Unknown
Reason it rocks: Man, I kinda miss this magazine. I was its reviewer a number of times during my stint at Tangent Online, and I always thought it was the sort of well-done magazine that undeservedly went unnoticed. Alas, I think it only produced five issues before calling it quits. The first two/three covers dealt with images of Earth, but I dig this one for its blues and glass marbles.



Name: Interzone
Issue: #22, 1987
Cover artist: Pete Lyon
Reason it rocks: Not exactly the sort of content one would expect to come across on the cover. Hangings are pretty striking images, no matter how they are depicted, and this one, despite the cartoonish features of the people in the corner and the 80s heavy metal CD art feel to it still stops me every time.



Name: Murky Depths
Issue: #2
Cover artist: Geoff Taylor
Reason it rocks: The three-headed dog-wielding sorceress demands your attention. The colors and backlighting and splashes of colorful bursts all work to frame her and the canine, and the text never gets in the way. I'm likely somewhat to think of this woman as Melisandre from GRRM's A Song of Ice and Fire...if that mini Cerberus didn't mess it all up.


( 6 comments — Leave a comment )
Aug. 3rd, 2009 08:51 am (UTC)
...I like these posts, but in the future would you please use an lj-cut? It's kind of major. :-)
Aug. 4th, 2009 03:21 am (UTC)
I like these posts. Thanks for taking the time to collate them :D. (Also, i'm anti-dittoing the lj cut request.)
Jan. 20th, 2010 11:38 pm (UTC)
Eep! GUD! =) The Google, it failed me. :)

The Black Static cover is beautiful; and Subterranean hurts my eyes and mind, but in a good way. :)
Jan. 21st, 2010 02:17 am (UTC)
You wouldn't happen to know the artist/manipulator that made GUD's #0 cover? I'm trying to fill in the gaps.
Jan. 21st, 2010 02:19 am (UTC)
Oh, certainly. :) I actually emailed him when I found this. The title is "Gutmouth" and it's by Konrad Kruszewski.
Feb. 12th, 2014 07:57 am (UTC)
#74 is by Wayne Barlowe, of Barlowe's Guide to Extra-Terrestrials fame.
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