Friday Face Off : An early science fiction read


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’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.

This week’s theme:

Your earliest sci-fi read or the first sci-fi you reviewed

My earlier reads are all pre blogs and therefore no reviews and I think the earliest book I can recall that meets this week’s theme was The Time Machine by HG Wells.  I’m guessing I was probably around 13/14.  This was a time when I was slowly reading through books on my dad’s shelves, usually skulking away in my bedroom.  Here are the covers:

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 ‘star’ in the title


November – Sci Fi Month

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


11 Responses to “Friday Face Off : An early science fiction read”

  1. Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

    So many nice ones! I think my favorite is the one to the right of your choice, I just love the style.

    • @lynnsbooks

      Yes, that one has a lovely style – I was torn. But then the Masterworks covers always seem to appeal to me.
      Lynn 😀

  2. Andreas

    SF Masterworks covers are not always the best, but this is great!

    • @lynnsbooks

      Yes, I have seen a few ‘odd’ ones but on the whole I do tend to like MWs covers – andI love this one.
      Lynn 😀

  3. Dave Williams

    It’s neat to see so many different covers for a book, especially a classic like this one. Like Mogsy, my favorite is the one next to your choice. The font has an old-fashioned feel, and the illustration has a cool feel of pairing the cogs next to the various images in the background.

  4. Tammy

    I’m not sure I’ve ever read this book but I’ve seen the movie a million times. My favorites are the same three you picked 😁

    • @lynnsbooks

      Yes, I love the really old movie for some reason – even though it’s very dated now.
      Lynn 😀

  5. #SciFiMonth Mission Log: week one

    […] The Friday Face-Off hosted at Lynn’s Books ushers in the week-end. The first SciFiMonth prompt was the first SF book read and/or reviewed – Tammy delved into Google to identify a long-ago library read while Mogsy looked back at one of the first SF books she reviewed for the Bibliosanctum. For Lynn herself it all started with a classic… […]

  6. Greg

    I like the one with the cogs too- that’s part of the Rock PAper Scissors line with art by Mike Mahle. A lot of the covers were neat for their classics line of reprints with reimagined cover art.

    • Greg

      Oops I meant Rock Paper Books was the company that reissued some of the classics with new art. sorry 🙂

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