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
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?