Lo! The Mighty Cover Art Approacheth!

by wjw on April 17, 2012

As you can see, Photoshop and I finally called a truce, and I produced this.

I have to say that I was mightily enabled by a wonderfully moody piece of stock art.

The ebook should be available, umm, soon.

City on Fire may take a few weeks, due to formatting and copy-editing delays.

So my next ebook will probably be my short novel Investments, which is set in the Praxis universe and which I wrote for a Robert Silverberg anthology some years ago.  I imagine most Praxis fans haven’t ever seen it.


DensityDuck April 17, 2012 at 7:10 am


Dave Bishop April 17, 2012 at 7:52 am

Looks like Manchester as fondly imagined by our city council!

Mat E April 17, 2012 at 8:08 am

I was one of the people that bought the anthology strictly for “Investments”, but has to give up most of my hardcovers when I relocated to Hawaii, so yay for it being availiable in e-format!

Kris April 17, 2012 at 11:33 am

Most excellent on both cover art and “Investments”.

Steinar Bang April 17, 2012 at 2:11 pm

I first read Metropolitan while attending (of all things) a Microsoft Java convention in London UK, in 1996. Near by my hotel there was a building site where they had torn down and dug out an old building, and down in the hole you could see layers of stuff that had been there before. There was a strange similarity in that to what I was reading.

TJIC April 17, 2012 at 2:37 pm

It’s impolite to say it, but I’ve been fairly underwhelmed by your e-book cover art choices to date.

This one, though, is stunning.

Great work!

mearsk April 17, 2012 at 2:44 pm

That’s a mighty fine oil refinery and set of cooling towers you have there.

DensityDuck April 17, 2012 at 4:26 pm

It helps that “sci-fi city” is a perennial theme in art competitions and art-school projects.

Ralf The Dog. April 17, 2012 at 6:30 pm

Is that the Sun behind the clouds? The Shield must be having a bad day.

Ralf The Dog. April 17, 2012 at 6:30 pm

I guess it could be a plasm advert.

Steven Chesney April 17, 2012 at 8:10 pm

I’m in for the Praxis eBook.

wjw April 18, 2012 at 3:17 am

I have to say I’m really pleased with this one.

TJIC, I’m all too aware of the deficiencies of some of my ebook covers. Yet when I look at the covers that my colleagues are =actually paying for,= and seeing how ill conceived or ill fashioned or simply boring they are, I have to think I’m doing pretty well.

I am, after all, running Poverty Press here.

Not Todd April 18, 2012 at 6:05 am

Yeah, a nice improvement over your other e-book covers. I like this one more than the original hardcover one.

wjw April 18, 2012 at 6:16 am

That isn’t hard.

Gary Gibson April 18, 2012 at 1:03 pm

I must say that is a really, really nice cover, and I speak as someone who’s designed a few. As for ‘certain other’ writers, I do sometimes wish they’d stick to some kind of really simple, even non-picture-based template, something like the ones SFgateway.com use. There are times I’ve seen truly awful covers and been tempted to whip up something of my own and send it to those certain other writers gratis…

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