Saturday, September 1, 2012

Shelf Candy Saturday #33: The Oxford Book of Science Fiction Stories, edited by Tom Shippey

Welcome to
Shelf Candy Saturday!!
This weekly meme/blog hop, hosted here,
features beautiful book covers!
It was originally hosted by
Stephanie @
Five Alarm Book Reviews,
a blog I really miss...
If you'd like to participate, just grab my button (or create your own), write your own post, and link up in the Linky widget at the bottom of this post.  Just be sure to click on "Read more" so that the entire post will open up.
As a bonus, you can include information on the artist, designer, and/or photographer in your post, but it's not required.  You can simply feature a cover and explain why you love it!
Here's my pick for this week!
Hardcover, 587 pages
Oxford University Press

Why do I love this cover?
This is a very striking image!  A sleek flying saucer is sweeping through space, lights flashing along its rim.  Beams of colored lights intersect in the background, against the deep darkness of space.  It looks as if the saucer has fired off its own beam of light toward the other beams, intersecting them. 
There's an area of bright orange underneath the saucer; I'm not sure what it is, but I find it very effective.   Although this is by no means one of my favorite colors (my very favorite one is blue, as regular readers of this blog know, I find this particular use of it quite beautiful!  It contributes a vibrant energy to this image. 
The font used for the title is just perfect, and I also love the design of the title, which incorporates bars in a slightly darker shade of the orange used for the area underneath the saucer.  
The bar at the bottom of the cover, which displays the editor's name, repeats the design of the title.
This is a bold, colorful image - just the type that gives me visual delight!  Every detail of this cover contributes to the overall, dynamic design, which is nevertheless a simple one.
To sum up, I'd love to get a poster of this cover to hang up in my bedroom!  (I wonder what Mr. Spock would think of it...) 
This great cover is the work of
the highly talented,
self-proclaimed eco-surrealist painter,
(This photo is from Wikipedia Commons)
The image created for
this gorgeous book cover is archived at
which is a
stock photography website
that's part of another stock photography site,
Here's a sample of Stabin's
very surrealistic fine arts style.
(part of The Turtle series)
(The image is from Wikipedia Commons) 
What do you think of my choice?
What beautiful covers
are you featuring this week?


  1. As usual you pick great covers Maria. I really love the retro look of this one. It is so reminiscent of the science fiction art, TV and films of the of the 50s and 60s. In terms of movies and TV it really reminds me of the original versions both "The Day the Earth Stood Still" as well as "Lost in Space".

  2. Hey, Brian!

    Thank you!!! Yes, this cover definitely has a retro look to it. And you're absolutely right abot the film and TV series you've mentioned!

    I bought this one on eBay. I ran across it one day, while looking for something else. When I saw this cover, I just KNEW I had to buy the book!! However, this is yet another of those books that I have yet to read...

    Thanks for another GREAT comment!! : )

  3. The first thought that popped into my head was, "Retro!". Like Brian said, the cover does have that retro Sci-fi feel to it. I also see it has a lot of your favorite blue. Thanks for sharing and for stopping by mine. :D

  4. Hi, Lis!

    Yes, this is definitely a retro cover! That's probably one of the reasons I like it so reminds me of all those classic SF films and TV series I used to watch when I was little.

    You're very welcome for the sharing, as well as for rhe comment on your blog. Thanks to you for pariticipating in Shelf Candy Saturday, as well as commenting!! : )


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