Friday Face-Off: Vintage Sci-Fi

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:

“Live long and prosper.”
~ a cover that is VINTAGE SCI-FI

Mogsy’s Pick:

Foundation by Isaac Asimov

This month we’re honoring vintage sci-fi with a Friday Face-Off theme dedicated to it. Admittedly I’ve not read a lot of classic science fiction so there weren’t too many my choices on my shelf to choose from, but lucky for me there was Foundation and as you would expect there were a lot of editions for this book. Let’s take a look at some of them now:

From left to right:
Doubleday & Company (1951) – Weidenfeld & Nicolson (1953) – Bantam (2004)

Spectra (2004) – Panther Books Limited (1960) – Harper Voyager (2018)

Avon Books (1966) – Voyager (1994) – French Edition (2015)

Spanish Edition (2012) – Lithuanian Edition (2016) – Greek Edition (2012)

Thai Edition (2018) – German Edition (1978) – Korean Edition (2013)


I enjoyed how even a lot of the “modern” covers adopt throwback styles this week. Most of the ones I like all fall into this category, and the two that really stuck out for me were the 2018 Harper Voyager and the Lithuanian Edition. Since I can’t choose between them, I’m calling it a tie.

But what do you think? Which one is your favorite?

38 Comments on “Friday Face-Off: Vintage Sci-Fi”

  1. Oh, this was total nostalgia. I grew up with Foundation and have seen so many covers of it over the years. Of course, most of the time I see the omnibus of the trilogy since they’re all so short.

    Personally, the Doubleday Edition does it for me, but that is pure nostalgia, as that is the cover our library had when I first discovered Foundation in the 7th or 8th grade 😀 😀 😀


  2. Ooh I like the second one a lot! And the Lithuanian is nice too. Those two are my faves. I had the Avon ’66 version from a used bookstore and was not a fan of that cover, didn’t do much for me. 🙂


  3. That Korean Edition (2013) reminds me most of the edition I had back in high school, but there’s something about the Lithuanian Edition (2016) that really appeals to me.


  4. I like the Greek cover a lot, and also the Spectra cover whose patterns seems to fit well with thoughts of predicting the future. This is one of many books I have on my shelves but have yet to get to. It seems to mock me each time I walk by, taunting me to finally pull it from the shelf. One of these days I do hope to cave to that pressure. 🙂


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