Can You Guess the Classic SFF Book From Its First Edition Cover?

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Danika Ellis

Associate Editor

Danika spends most of her time talking about queer women books at the Lesbrary. Blog: The Lesbrary Twitter: @DanikaEllis

Sometimes books get their cover right the first time: they come out with an iconic image splashed on the front that will be forever associated with the story. Reprints preserve that artwork for future generations of readers. With the other titles, though, it takes a few times to get it right. There are many books that have immediately recognizable covers that are actually from the second (or sixth or tenth…) edition, and SFF books tend to have some of the weirdest.

In this quiz, I’ve gathered ten classic SFF books, using the loosest definition of each term, and expertly edited out the author and title. Some of these are recent classics of the genre, while others have been around for many decades. You can check your answer for which book you think these are by clicking the links underneath, which will take you to the page for the unedited version of the cover.

If you like these cover guessing quizzes, you should also check out Can You Guess the Sci-Fi Book By Its Pixelated Cover? and Can You Guess the Fantasy Book By Its Lego-Style Cover? If you’re a fan of classics of all kinds, try Can You Guess This Classic Book By Its Color Palette?

Without further ado, let’s get into the book covers!

How did you do? Were any of these covers surprising?

Don’t forget to check out our other quizzes for more book guessing fun!