Our favourite science fiction and fantasy book covers of 2015

By Team Hodderscape

Posted on December 28, 2015 in Books with tags Book Covers

We judged these books by their covers. And we liked them.

Here are the science fiction and fantasy covers that made us ooh, ah and scream ‘TAKE MY MONEY’ in 2015. If we do say so ourselves, our art department and a bevy of uber talented freelance artists have created some amazing covers for us this year – have a browse here.

A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab (cover art by Will Staehle)

A Darker Shade final for Irene

Fantasy novel covers tend to look very much alike: a photoshopped image of a heroic type, with some combination of hair/magic/cape/mist swirling dramatically about him/her. So I have all the time in the world for VE Schwab’s lovely illustrated cover for A Darker Shade of Magic, which is eye-catching and still clearly coded as fantasy.

– Anne

The Illustrated Dune by Frank Herbert (Folio Society; cover art by Sam Webber)

Anniversary Edition Dune

This book as an object is astonishingly beautiful. From the typography to the photo-realism of the art to the effects (silver foil on the Wibalin) to the gorgeous wood-block-esque art of the slipcase, this edition of Dune is one to be treasured. (I have a copy and can assure you that it’s as beautiful to handle as it is to admire.)

– Anne

The Water Knife by Paolo Bacigalupi (cover art by Oliver Munday)

The Water Knife


– Ben Summers

Jews Versus Aliens, edited by  Lavie Tidhar and Rebecca Levene (cover art by Sarah Anne Langton)

Jews Versus Aliens

This cover was designed by Sarah Anne Langton who also created our dodo logo. Her work on the Apex Book of World SF series is also amazing and her covers belong on your shelf.

– Fleur

Horrorology, edited by Stephen Jones (cover art by Clive Barker)


A glorious rainbow coloured nightmare. The full wrap is perfection.

– Fleur

The Sleeper and the Spindle by Neil Gaiman, illustrated by Chris Reddell

Sleeper Spindle

The Sleeper and the Spindle by Neil Gaiman, illustrated by Chris Reddell. It’s just absolutely beautiful to look at – I picked it up and knew I had to buy it. Pretty much going against the whole ‘don’t judge a book on its cover’ thing, oh well.

– Sharan

Hall of Small Mammals by Thomas Pierce (cover art by Kate Bergin)

Hall of Small Mammals

I don’t think this would sit in the science fiction and fantasy corner of the bookstore, but apparently it involves a ‘resurrected mammoth’ so I think we can claim it. I’m a big fan of small mammals, so this cover delivers on a number of levels. Plus, bonus non mammals!

– Fleur

Animal Money by Michael Cisco (cover art by Mat Brown)

Animal Money cover

I didn’t know that a giant sloth frenching a dinosaur was everything I needed from a book cover until I saw Animal Money.

– Fleur


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