Friday Face-Off: Aliens


Welcome to The Friday Face-Off, a weekly meme created by Books by Proxy! Each Friday, we will pit cover against cover while also taking the opportunity to showcase gorgeous artwork and feature some of our favorite book covers. If you want to join the fun, simply choose a book each Friday that fits that week’s predetermined theme, post and compare two or more different covers available for that book, then name your favorite. A list of future weeks’ themes are available at Lynn’s Book Blog.

This week’s theme is:

“Aliens–if they exist–are little green men with big eyes and spindly arms…or giant insects or something like a lumpy little creature”
~ a cover featuring ALIENS

Mogsy’s Pick:
Sundiver by David Brin

For this week’s theme, I’ve decided to go with an oldie but a goodie. Sundiver is the first book of The Uplift Saga, a series featuring the central theme of “biological uplift”, a term used to describe the process of transforming a certain species into more intelligent beings by other already intelligent beings. In this universe, humanity is an anomaly – a species that apparently got to where they are with no patron race. But is this truly the case? Or did a mysterious race begin the uplift of humankind a long time ago before abandoning them? The matter is one of fierce debate.

Let’s take a look at the following selection of covers from around the world:

From left to right, top to bottom: Bantam Spectra (2010) – Little Brown and Company (1996) – Bantam (1981)

sundiver sundiver-little-brown sundiver-bantam

Spanish (2010) – Romanian (2013) – Polish (1995) – Spanish (1993) – French (1995) – German (2014) – Czech (1995) – Russian (1995)

sundiver-spanish sundiver-romanian sundiver-polish sundiver-spanish-1993

sundiver-french sundiver-german sundiver-czech sundiver-russian


I hate to admit it, but some of these older covers  are just way too goofy looking for my tastes, so simple and elegant wins it for me this week.

What do you think? Which one is your favorite?


29 Comments on “Friday Face-Off: Aliens”

  1. The older covers look great. For some reason I’m drawn to the first one by Bantam Spectra. I think the alien has some appeal to me for some reason I can’t explain. I don’t know that I would actually pick up any on the cover alone, but if I did, that would be the one.


  2. The first one is hilarious! It’s looks like Gollum in the animated Hobbit movie. But I think your pick and the second in the top row are tied for my faves 🙂


  3. Hah, I love this selection of covers. The first cover with the alien dude – he’s all like ‘hey, how you doin?’. Then there’s the giant donut. I love the blue ET guy too. My favourite (I do like your cover because it has a simplicity that is classy) but the very last cover, the green one with all the space ships – it just has this great comic feel. I have to go for that one.
    Lynn 😀


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