After months in the works, I’m delight­ed to announce that cov­er art for The Noth­ing With­in is in its final form.

There were two par­tic­u­lar chal­lenges in design­ing the cov­er:

  1. The book is sci­ence fic­tion, but much of it has a medieval-like set­ting and reads like fan­ta­sy. The cov­er reflects that with the walled vil­lage inset (orange for fan­ta­sy), and the dark DNA-based back­ground (blue-black for sci­ence).
  2. It’s a post-apoc­a­lyp­tic adven­ture sto­ry, and those sto­ries often have con­crete, illus­trat­ed cov­ers. But it’s writ­ten more in the style of lit­er­ary fic­tion, and those sto­ries often have pho­to­graph­ic or sym­bol­ic cov­ers. The cov­er reflects that with a detailed inset fan­ta­sy image, but a blue-black cutout (includ­ing the pro­tag­o­nist, Root) that leaves more to the imag­i­na­tion.

Kudos to my cov­er design­er, Jeff Brown, for his excel­lent art­work, and for help­ing me to thread those nee­dles.

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