Pravic

A New Grammar for Science Fiction

Science Fiction is no longer a novelty.

We do not want to read Science Fiction because it is set in the future. Science Fiction must offer some deeper, truer view of ourselves and our place in the cosmos.

 

Cover of the Day (or 3)

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I love this cover from Galaxy Magazine, in fact I'm a fan of the whole look of the magazine which was less lurid, while still being a little lurid. I mean you had to grab readers somehow. What's great about this image is the way it works: you begin by challenging yourself, what shocking alien proclivity would shock the imagination? The most shocking thing an alien can be is familiar - that flips the script, as it were. This cover makes it very clear, the aliens in SF do not live in a distant galaxy, they are us. Now granted, there's probably a racial component here as well that I'm choosing to ignore. But isn't nice to see the idea made explicit: the aliens are us - in the sense that we often don't know ourselves, or that what we think we know of ourselves we learned from myth and stereotype rather than self-reflection.

I'll bet this cover is by the same artist. Same idea.

And I wanted to include this image, just because it's badass: