In a time where ebooks are available one Amazon’s click away, and with so many to chose from, cover design has never been more important in reflecting the tone and the content of a book.
When we think about science fiction, romance isn’t the first thing that usually comes to mind, at least not as its central theme. These sci fi book covers don’t shy away from it and reveal right from the beginning what the main focus of the story is: Love.
Here’s a list of 10 book covers that are as romantic as science fiction can get.
1- These Broken Stars (Starbound #1) by Amie Kaufman
The first book’s cover of the ‘Starbound’ series features strong typography and clear messaging, revealing us straight away that this book is indeed a science fiction romance. The main characters are Lilac LaRoux, the daughter of the richest man in the universe, and Tarver Merendsen, a cynical war hero.
2- Across the Universe (Across the Universe #1) by Beth Revis
‘Across the Universe’ has an engaging book cover with a pleasant mixture of colors that emphasize two expressive human faces. By telling us the story of seventeen-years old Amy, this book does the beautiful thing of integrating YA, romance and science fiction.
3- Unforgotten (Unremembered #2) by Jessica Brody
Red undertones and clear typography. ‘Unremembered’ trilogy, a time travel science fiction series, has featured a particularly romantic book cover for its second volume. The series, however, are known to be packed with mystery, suspense, and romance.
4- Starcrossed: Perigee (Starcrossed #1) by Tracey Lee Campbell
‘Starcrossed”s book cover design couldn’t have been better done. Besides being visually engaging, it gives us that whimsical vibe, and it is immediately clear that its content will include elements of Fantasy, science fiction, and romance.
5- Conflict of Honors (Liaden Universe #8) by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller
‘Conflict of Honors’ has been first released in 1988 and all volumes in the series have gone through different editions and covers. This edition of Liaden Universe #8 has all the elements of a great cover, featuring the main characters and giving us a very clear sense of the environment and context of the book. The images blend and combine nicely, and the quote piques our curiosity even more - specially if we are interested in a science fiction romance.
6- A Million Suns (Across the Universe #2) by Beth Revis
Isn’t the book cover of ‘A Million Suns’, second volume of the ‘Across the Universe’ series, as equally perfect as the first one? It has been carefully designed to attract the fans of the genre, without hiding the fact that romance would be a big part of the equation. Those that have been following the series would have been pleased that it would include the same elements that made them love it in first place.
7- Stitch (Stitch Trilogy #1) by Samantha Durante
‘Stich’ has opted for a minimalist design for their debut volume, which has worked fantastically well. Almost black and white in its entirety, it uses tones of blue and green to emphasize certain elements. Without looking overly romantic, this cover does make us believe there will be a love story of some sort as part of the main plot.
8- Under the Never Sky (Under the Never Sky #1) by Veronica Rossi
The book cover design of ‘Under the Never Sky’ has all the elements of a great book cover. The background is kept simple in order to give prominence to the title and main central image, and the color palette gives a very specific feeling to the viewer. This is the story of Aria and Perry, a dystopian romance by Veronica Rossi. Without having to research further, by reading the title, the quote, and analyzing the overall design, the reader can already form a very accurate first impression of this book.
9- The Empire (The Empire #1) by Elizabeth Lang
Without giving too much away, this cover for ‘The Empire’ provides us with a clear sense of what we can expect from the book. The images have been cleverly incorporated in a perfect blend, and the final result is a great looking cover that make us at least want to check the back to know more.
10- Games of Command by Linnea Sinclair
‘Games of Command’s book cover has a classic style with a slightly more passionate portrayal compared to the others. The core elements of the plot are all part of the book cover design, accompanied by a convincing quote featuring another known author.
As much as we don’t want to judge a book by its cover, the truth is that we still do. With so many choices available, and so many great books waiting to be read, the priority goes to whichever catches our attention first.
The 10 book covers above were great examples of designs that gave the right first impression and have motivated many to read the content.
And even if love isn’t the first core element of science fiction… There will be always place for it. In our world. Or on other planets.