Sunday Sci-Fi Vol. 1

Ducking into used bookstores over weekends and after work, I have become a bit of a sci-fi paperback junky. I love the feeling of rummaging through stacks of forgotten paperbacks and discovering that hidden gem of a cover. There is just something about the idea of the future as illustrated by artists of the past that I find fascinating. If you do enough digging you can come away with some great covers for under a few bucks. Recently I began scanning and cataloguing my finds and this has led me to the idea for a new blog series I will be posting here on Sundays. Every week my post will be inspired by one of the covers I own or a new find. Some of these may be well known while others more obscure. I look at this as a way to learn about and resurrect some of the great cover illustrators and designers of the sci-fi genre. If you have suggestions or your own favorites, leave a comment or contribute to the collection of covers with a nice straight on shot of your find and tag it #Sundayscifi on Instagram. I started the tag off with a few of my own images but I would love everyone to include their finds.

To start the post off, I am featuring one of the better known artists of the sci-fi genre. Most know John Berkey for his illustrations for Star Wars, but he holds a massive catalogue of varying types of work. Beginning in the 1960s, he was commissioned by NASA to further their space program as part of their efforts to travel beyond the Earth’s atmosphere and ultimately to the moon. No matter the type of work, I consistently love his use of color. My personal favorite thing about his work are his spaceships. The details of his images draw you in and you can get lost looking at every tiny detail he includes.

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Lyndon says:

January 27, 2014 at 11:26 am

Awesome feature! If you haven’t, check out, very well curated blog with tons of book cover art.


mitesh says:

January 27, 2014 at 1:38 pm

U should read the manga ‘2001 Nights’ by Yukinobo Hoshino. it’s a series of short stories all in the same timeline but sometimes hundreds of years apart. the art is amazing with highly detailed drawings of ships, planets, etc. very cool…


Cody says:

January 27, 2014 at 10:36 pm

I’m in such agreement. Looking at detailers of the past who’s main paycheck was guessing about the future is mindblowing. On one hand they were so very close, but on the other….no manned trip to Mars! What gives. I am sure I will enjoy this sci-fi stint. I am working on my first sci/pirate fiction right now. Looking at these book covers is giving me great imagery ideas.