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  1. John Harper December 16, 2008 at 4:03 PM

    My standard for sci-fi and fantasy covers is "not embarrassing to carry on the bus." They usually depict some kind of too-cool hero clutching a gun, sword and/or a hot babe. No thanks.

    The original covers for the Kovacs novels are pretty bad -- a mix of cliche grunge design and old cyberpunk. I decided to go abstract with these, trying to create a mood with shapes and colors rather than depicting anything specific from the books.

  2. Scott December 17, 2008 at 9:24 PM

    Abstract FTW. I find that most science-fiction cover imagery (including that on the existing Altered Carbon cover) to be either random, lame, misleading or disappointing based on how I imagine the book. These are nice, distinctive, and enjoyable to look at.

    Your cover also has the virtue of having readable text, something I now notice escaped the paperback cover designer. Yellow text on a yellow background? Well done, random cover designer. Those footsteps you hear belong to John Harper.

  3. Ian December 19, 2008 at 11:50 AM

    I absolutely WORSHIP this [re]cover. Altered Carbon is great, Broken Angels is greater. What I needs me now is my "Woken Furies."