Friday Face Off : A favourite classic or vintage sci-fi.


Here we are again with the Friday Face Off meme created by Books by Proxy .  This is a great opportunity to feature some of your favourite book covers.  The rules are fairly simple each week, following a predetermined theme (list below) choose a book (this doesn’t have to be a book that you’ve read), compare a couple of the different covers available for that particular book and choose your favourite.   Future week’s themes are listed below – if you have a cover in mind that you’re really wanting to share then feel free to leave a comment about a future suggested theme.  I’ve also listed events that take place during the year, that I’m aware of, so you can link up your covers – if you’re aware of any events that you think I should include then give me a shout.  I’m currently linking up with Vintage Sci-Fi and if you also want to link up then please do so but this isn’t a requirement simply my way of highlighting events.  This week’s theme:

A favourite classic or vintage sci-fi.

As this is the concluding week for the Vintage Sci fi event I’ve gone for a medley of vintage sci-fi titles that I’ve (mainly) read and enjoyed during previous events.  I’ve tried to go for the earliest covers I could find.

Have you read any of these? Do you have a favourite?

I’ve updated the list now to include themes for next year.  If you know of an event that’s coming up let me know and I’ll try and include covers that work for the event itself so that you can link up to the Friday Face Off and, as always, if you wish to submit an idea then leave me a comment – or if you’d like to host a week then simply let me know.  Also, I would just mention that it’s very possible that some of these might be repeats from previous FFOs although I have tried to invent more ‘open ended’ prompt that can be interpreted differently and also prompts that relate to emotions.  Finally, don’t struggle with any of these, this is meant to be a fun way of highlighting books.  If you can’t come up with a book you think fits for a particular week use a freebie – perhaps a recent read for example:

Next week –A Book with a romance that you enjoyed



5th – A Book with a romance that you enjoyed

12th – Furry – a beast, something cuddly, or a fur covering

19th – Serpentine – could be a snake, could be a snake-like font, could be a snakeskin style cover

26th – A book with ‘Magic’ in the Title


5th – March is named for the Roman God of War – a Roman style cover or a cover with a God or Gods or simply a book about war

12th – Middle Grade – choose whatever pleases you

19th – Ruin or derelict, old and worn, could be the book itself, a building, a place

26th – A picture within a picture


2nd – A train or tram – travelling down the track, could be old style, futuristic, overhead, down below.

9th – Cartoonish or graphic

16th – I have to have it – a cover that gave you ‘grabby hands’

23rd – Your current read (if it has covers to compare) or any recent read

30th– A series that you love – highlight all the books in the series


Month of Wyrd and Wonder

7th – A Series where the cover changed midway through – which style do you prefer most

14th – The earliest fantasy you recall reading – or the first fantasy book you really loved, maybe the book that kickstarted your love of fantasy

21st – The Top Hat

28th – The Hood


4th – The nose boop – any animal, or human, with a close up shot.

11th – A cover that annoyed you and why

18th – Out of Perspective, or make you feel a bit dizzy

25th – Upside down, back to front or topsy turvy


2nd – A book with a landscape you’d like to visit

9th – A Wicked Grin

16th – Books with ‘book’ in the title

23rd – A Black Hole – could be in the universe or going deep into the ground

30th – Chaos – maybe too much going on in this one


6th – “They cluck their thick tongues, and shake their heads and suggest, os so very delicately!” – The Motel

13th – A favourite holiday read

20th – Dressed to kill (could be literally someone dressed to kill, or someone dressed up for a big night out

27th – Sunbathing or on the beach

September (RIP event)

3rd – 1920s feel, noir detective

10th – I’m Henry the Eighth I am – let’s look at Kings or other Emperors/rulers

17th – Books with ‘Murder’ in the title

24th – A favourite thriller


1st – A Halloween read

8th – Chills – anything at all that almost makes you too scared to pick up the book (your own pet hate)

15th – Your favourite book of magic

22nd – Books with ‘Queen’ in the title

29th – Must be gothic

November – Sci Fi Month

5th – Your earliest sci-fi read or the first sci-fi you reviewed

12th – A book with ‘star’ in the title

19th – Futuristic vista

26th – A Black Hole – in the universe or going deep into the ground


3rd – Windswept, the classic figure, stood majestically, with wind blowing out in a fetching way

10th – A fairytale retold

17th – Winter Solstice approaching – anything cold and seasonal

24th – All things fire – red hair, red covers, fire breathing dragons, simply fire?

31st – What’s your catnip – if it’s on a cover you have to pick it up


23 Responses to “Friday Face Off : A favourite classic or vintage sci-fi.”

  1. Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

    A nice collage of classics! I don’t know if I like any of the covers though, lol!

    • @lynnsbooks

      Yeah, I know what you mean about the covers. There are some really good ones available but I thought I’d go with the earliest versions I could find.
      Lynn 😀

  2. Ola G

    Flowers for Algernon! 😀

    • @lynnsbooks

      I really liked it – did you?

      • Ola G

        Oh, absolutely! Though it’s utterly heartbreaking. Stayed with me for a long time.

      • @lynnsbooks

        Me too 😀

  3. maddalena@spaceandsorcery

    I like the depiction of the Triffids in the Windham cover! I never pictured them as dinosaur-like, but I think that cover is quite effective! 🙂

    • @lynnsbooks

      I was looking at that cover and trying to think what the triffid put me in mind of. Is it a giraffe? No. You’ve absolutely hit the nail on the head.
      Lynn 😀

  4. Heather @ Random Redheaded Ramblings

    A great collection, some of the older classics have the best covers. I have had a bash this week at the Face Off using the Hitchhikers Guide, it was great fun to do.

    • @lynnsbooks

      I loved your choice this week and hope you find some more themes to take part with in future weeks 😀

  5. Tammy

    This is such a great bunch of vintage covers, and I really like the one for Fahrenheit 451😁

    • @lynnsbooks

      Yeah, I thought I’d go for really old covers – if I’d organised myself better I could have done face offs for them all oldest vs newest. But something about the best laid plans.
      Lynn 😀

  6. sjhigbee

    Go you for presenting the really OLD SCHOOL covers – and I have to say that I love The Day of the Triffids cover:))

    • @lynnsbooks

      Yeah, I was having a good look at that one and I think Maddalena really hit the nail on the head saying it looks like a dinosaur – I love that.
      Lynn 😀

      • sjhigbee

        Yes – she’s right:)). But I also love the colour – it is so eye-catching and somehow manages to look threatening, which is exactly what you want.

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  8. waytoofantasy

    Oh these are all really fun. I love that Hitch Hiker’s Guide cover–feels kind of ‘groovy’ hahaha. 🙂

  9. jessicabookworm

    Great selection of cool, sci-fi classics, Lynn! I have read and enjoyed The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Fahrenheit 451, The Day of the Triffids, The Time Machine and Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep, but my ultimate favourite has to be Frankenstein. 😁

    • @lynnsbooks

      Yes, you’ve read so many of them not surprising really as we do have very similar tastes.
      Lynn 😀

  10. Lexlingua

    I liked how you wrapped up the Vintage SciFi month! I really want to read Flowers for Algernon, but for some reason keep putting it off…

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