Windrose Chronicles Alt Covers
I scored today at my favorite local bookstore with this hard-back copy of the first two books of the Windrose Chronicles: The Silent Tower and The Silicon Mage. Not only is it a good quality hard-back copy of two of my favorite books, the alternative cover is drool-worthy. Look at at that beaut above by Doug Beekman.
I adore depictions of technology paired with magic. Being both a fantasy nerd and a software engineer probably helps, but honestly, I’ve been sold ever since the original cover of The Silicon Mage. The initial impression is so epic, so raw. When I could finally pull my eyes away from Antryg and the erratic bolts of lightning, I realized Joanna was clutching a floppy disk. And a real 5-and-a-quarter-inch floppy disk, too.
Cod it’s magnificent.
The German cover is a delight, too. Check this shit out. And the name? I don’t know whether the translation is impeccable or hilarious—regardless, I love it.
My introduction to the cover of The Silicon Mage at a formative age is probably the reason why my study boasts a large print of Randal Spangler’s painting titled Computer Wizard.
Unfortunately, I think Barbara Hambly covers and this Randal Spangler painting are the extent of wizards-with-computers art that I’m familiar with. Which is probably for the best. There’s not really room on the wall for another painting.
P.S. I also got this hard-cover copy of Dog Wizard. While not exactly a magician with a computer, I do dig Joanna’s … rocket launcher? And what a beautiful palette. This cover is by Darrell K Sweet: