Friday Face-Off: Classic or 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:


Mogsy’s Pick:

Neuromancer by William Gibson

Neuromancer was my first book by William Gibson–and might be my last, if I’m to be honest. Man, this book was such a trip. I guess I just didn’t quite “get it”, but what can’t be denied is the novel’s contribution to the science fiction and its status as one of the most seminal works in the cyberpunk genre. There are a lot of covers for this book, more than I could possibly show here, so I’ve only featured a selection of my favorites from which I’ll choose my winner.

From left to right:
Gollancz (2016) – Ace (1984) – Voyager (1986)

French Edition (2001) – Russian Edition (1997) – Portuguese Edition (2016)


Italian Edition (2003) – Chinese Edition (2013) – Greek Edition (1998)

German Edition (2021) – Romanian Edition (2017) – Japanese Edition (1986)


When I was going through all the covers for this book, I came across a lot of bad ones but there were a lot of really strong ones too, which made it hard to pick a favorite. I’ve always been drawn to illustrated/comic art covers though, so I’m not surprised the Portuguese edition immediately drew my attention, but I also really like the Japanese and Gollancz (2016) editions.

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

32 Comments on “Friday Face-Off: Classic or Vintage Sci-fi”

  1. I like the retro look of the Ace cover. I really loved Neuromancer when I read it, very long ago now. It just really struck a chord with me. I’ve been wanting to reread it and see what I think now.


  2. Your pick of cover was my pick as well before I got to that part, I do like the Chinese one as well. I still have to read this novel as I want to decide for myself what the hype around the book that “kicked off cyberpunk” genre was all about.


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