Saturday, April 19, 2008

SON OF MAN / The Final Art!

Crazy, intense deadline crunches over's one of my finished results. Presenting the final cover of Robert Silverberg's classic SON OF MAN, forthcoming in a fresh, new trade paperback from Pyr later this year. Below is the complete wraparound art, sans typography (and the prelims are here.) If you're not familiar with this novel, it's one of the trippiest books you'll ever encounter and for many Silverberg fans, one of his finest works to date. For whatever reason, I listened to Hendrix's ELECTRIC LADYLAND over and over this week while working on this. It just felt right.


Blogger ces said...


Just when I think I have a favourite cover, you turn around & release another one! And then the new one becomes my favourite!

Yes, I can see why you listened to Hendrix - I used to go see him live ages & ages ago when he played at this dance hall in Venice. And no, I wasn't old enough but they let me in anyway.

That cover is beautiful!

Now I'll have to buy the book. The only silverberg I've read is the Majipoor chronicles.



5:26 PM  
Blogger ces said...

P.S. I just saw the cover on the other paperback at Amazon.

No contest.

5:29 PM  
Blogger John Picacio said...

Hi, Christine --

Thanks as always. Really glad you like this one! :)
Insanely jealous that you got to see Hendrix perform live! Wow. I didn't come into the world early enough. In recent weeks, I've been looking up old footage of Hendrix on YouTube and imagining what it would've been like to be there....nothing close to the real thing, I'm sure....

9:39 AM  
Blogger ces said...

No, youtube isn't close to the real thing. I've also seen a couple of dvd's of concerts - better, but still not close. filmage just doesn't capture the energy & feel of seeing someone live. Saw James Brown at the same place too. Oh, and Ike&Tina Turner.

3:55 PM  
Blogger John Picacio said...

James Brown too? Oy. Now I'm really jealous...

9:40 AM  
Anonymous Micheal said...

HAWWWWWW!!!! That's some mad cranked work. VERY WELL DONE...but what could you expect while listening to fantastic tunes.

1:51 PM  
Anonymous burgesskj said...

I've always been a fan of Silverberg, now I've become a huge fan of John Picacio!

It will be a pleasure to add this book to my library, and this will be one of the few with the cover facing out.

11:26 AM  
Blogger John Picacio said...

I really appreciate it. Very kind of you to say so! :)

7:54 PM  

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