Arrakis. Spice. Sandworms.
Frank Herbert’s Dune is one of the great science fiction classics – the tale of a desert planet and an ancient power struggle. A novel filled with giant monsters, drugs, and religion makes for some cool covers.
The first set is pretty classy:
I especially love the 50th anniversary edition on the far left; the outline of a sandworm is a nod to anyone already acquainted with the novel without filling the cover with a single, all-consuming image.
This second set is pretty campy, because one does not simply look at science fiction covers without finding some seriously dated art:
Looking for something even campier? I present the foreign editions: left to right, the Bulgarian edition, French edition, and Portuguese edition. Disembodied faces? Yes please. A random cube with hands in it? Sure thing.
I had a harder time finding redesigns of this book than I thought I would – but I did stumble across one that I am extremely fond of in the portfolio of illustrator J. W. Paterson.
Which cover is your favourite? Feel free to link to any great cover art that I’ve missed!
Cover to Cover is a weekly project comparing and critiquing the various covers of popular novels, published every Wednesday. Find more posts in this series here.