Science Fiction/Fantasy

Cover Face-Off: Margaret Atwood’s IN OTHER WORLDS

Rebecca Joines Schinsky

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Rebecca Joines Schinsky is the executive director of product and ecommerce at Riot New Media Group. She co-hosts All the Books! and the Book Riot Podcast. Follow her on Twitter: @rebeccaschinsky.

Part-memoir, part-lit crit, all awesome, Margaret Atwood’s In Other Worlds: SF and the Human Imagination is a contemplation of the evolution of science fiction and the author’s relationship with it. There’s a certain amount of whimsy in both cover designs; the hardcover is decidedly futuristic, while the paperback recalls pulp novels of decades past. Are paperback readers more nostalgic for days gone by? Am I reading too much into this?

More important: what do you think? Vote for the cover you prefer in the poll below, and feel free to share your thoughts in the comments.

Here’s the design from last year’s hardcover edition:


And here’s the design for the paperback, out this week:


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