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The Final Cover for “MultiReal”

I mentioned that Pyr was moving in a new direction for the MultiReal cover art. Well, feast your eyes on the final cover of MultiReal, hitting bookshelves early summer 2008. (View the larger size here.)

Final Book Cover for 'MultiReal'The painting is courtesy of the brilliant Stephan Martiniere, who has also done artwork for such works as Ian McDonald’s River of Gods, Karl Schroeder’s Lady of Mazes, Larry Niven’s Ringworld’s Children, Charles Stross’ Singularity Sky… I could go on and on. Herr Martiniere has also been visual art director for Cyan Studios on their latest games in the Myst series.

I.e., the dude rawks.

And in case I failed to mention it before, the Solaris Books mass market paperback of Infoquake will also have a complementary Martiniere painting on the cover. Same style, different color scheme (although I don’t think he’s finished it yet). (Update 10/25/07: Here it is.) I believe the plan is to feature Jara on the cover of Infoquake, while Natch graces the cover of MultiReal. (Geosynchron, whenever it’s done, will presumably have Horvil on the cover.)

So what do I think about the new look? Honestly, I’m as giddy as a schoolgirl. No, I’m giddy as a very giddy schoolgirl.

It doesn’t exactly look like what I pictured the world of Jump 225 would look like. It doesn’t look much like it at all, in fact. The skylines I describe in Infoquake and MultiReal are low and curvy to take advantage of the “collapsible building” technology. It’s very difficult for tall, angular structures to automatically expand and contract, according to some bedrock architectural principle I shamelessly made up. Nor did I imagine anything like those circular mechanical things you see on the left-hand side, whatever they are. And when you enlarge the painting, Natch looks a little bit too much like Peter MacNicol for comfort.

And yet somehow, it captures the essence of the novel anyway. You’ve got Natch standing before a window surveying the city like he owns it. You’ve got a claustrophobic sense of information bearing down upon you from all sides. And you’ve got a warm color palette of greens, yellows, and browns.

Will this cover detract from the book’s crossover potential? Possibly. I’m not sure a besuited 42-year-old fund manager would feel comfortable whipping this book out on the subway, while he might feel at home with Infoquake. But the crossover strategy didn’t exactly win over the CNBC crowd for Infoquake; if you read the praise page, you’ll see that almost every blurb comes from an SF-flavored publication. Meanwhile, Charles Stross’ books are looking more and more like Atari 2600 video game boxes circa 1982, and he’s selling like hotcakes smothered with chocolate and money.

Much thanks and credit should also go to Jackie Cooke at Prometheus, who was responsible for complementing Martiniere’s painting with a wonderful, clean type treatment. And of course, my editor Lou Anders, who I predict will one day have so many Best Editor Hugos that he’ll be able to construct a large, pointy throne out of them.

So whattaya think?

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  1. tobias buckell on October 16, 2007 at 5:23 pm  Chain link

    Dude!!! It’s freaking awesome!

  2. David de Beer on October 16, 2007 at 5:32 pm  Chain link

    very cool:)

  3. christopher on October 16, 2007 at 5:33 pm  Chain link

    i second tobias. v-e-r-y cool.

  4. Al Billings on October 16, 2007 at 6:52 pm  Chain link

    Good cover.

    That’s quite a gap in time between your two novels.

  5. skoh-fley on October 16, 2007 at 6:52 pm  Chain link

    Very cool, but I don’t really like it when characters are featured on the cover. It detracts from our mental image of the characters =(

    Other than that, it’s actually a very awesome cover!

  6. Peter Hollo on October 16, 2007 at 6:56 pm  Chain link

    It’s beautiful, dude. As is any Martiniere cover, pretty much.
    I do actually prefer the original blue-backgrounded UK cover for River of Gods to the Martiniere one, for similar reasons to what you said about this – the way the city is depicted, and the crossover potential. Nevertheless, this is one damn good-looking book.

    You’re a very lucky ducky :)

  7. David Louis Edelman on October 16, 2007 at 7:01 pm  Chain link

    That’s quite a gap in time between your two novels.

    Infoquake was published in July of 2006; MultiReal will be coming out July 2008. Not really such a long gap when you consider that book 2 is 150,000 words long.

    Very cool, but I don’t really like it when characters are featured on the cover.

    I can understand that. Luckily Natch will only be about an inch tall when it’s printed.

  8. Sean Williams on October 16, 2007 at 7:05 pm  Chain link

    Dude, that’s very pretty. I’d feel comfortable whipping the book out anywhere.

    And worth the wait, I reckon!

  9. John Joseph Adams on October 16, 2007 at 8:09 pm  Chain link

    Whoa, that is one bad-ass cover! The Pyr art dept. does it again!

  10. Kate Elliott on October 16, 2007 at 8:35 pm  Chain link

    Most excellent. That is a great cover both because it looks so cool and because it will work on the shelf.

  11. Steve Thorn on October 16, 2007 at 9:53 pm  Chain link

    Yes sir, that is a beautiful cover.

  12. Soni on October 16, 2007 at 11:23 pm  Chain link


    *cue monkeys at the obelisk theme*

  13. Josh on October 17, 2007 at 9:35 am  Chain link

    Love the artwork. It fits the imaginary world that I’d constructed from reading the story really well. Way jealous.

  14. Jackie Cooke on October 17, 2007 at 11:20 am  Chain link

    Glad you like the final cover for MultiReal, David. Great artists like Stephan, (and Lou, for finding them) make designing a pleasure. Of course, we need a good book too!

  15. tommyspoon on October 19, 2007 at 1:07 pm  Chain link

    Dude, that mess rocks!

  16. Al on October 20, 2007 at 8:52 am  Chain link

    The cover is pretty awesome. It’s beyond an incremental improvement from Infoquake… it takes it to another level.

  17. Dave Williams on October 20, 2007 at 4:31 pm  Chain link

    That. Fricking. RULES.

  18. Edward Einhorn on October 22, 2007 at 3:27 pm  Chain link

    Congratulations, Dave. I love seeing an illustrators perspective on my writing. It’s a little like work with a designer or director in theater…and seeing the work become real.

    Talking of which…I just received my first advance copy of my newest book. It looks amazing. Great illustrator (it’s a picture book call A very Improbable Story). Of course, for some reason, on Amazon, it’s called a Very Improbable Store

    Check it out here:


  19. David Louis Edelman on October 22, 2007 at 3:38 pm  Chain link

    Lookin’ good, Ed! Good luck with the book.

  20. Dave Hutchinson on October 22, 2007 at 5:37 pm  Chain link

    So the mermaids didn’t make it onto the cover after all… ;-(
    Very nice. I’ve yet to see a Pyr cover I didn’t like.

  21. Karl Schroeder on October 23, 2007 at 11:43 am  Chain link

    It looks fantastic! You know how much of a fan of Martiniere’s I am. The other day I stumbled across a website that sells high-quality posters of his covers, and I was just going to put the link in here, but I can’t find it again! How frustrating!

    I loved that my characters Venera and Garth were on the cover of Queen of Candesce, by the way. For me, that gives me an extra special link to the image.

  22. David Louis Edelman on October 23, 2007 at 12:16 pm  Chain link

    Karl: Martiniere actually offers prints for sale on his own website, if nowhere else: http://www.martiniere.com/booksprints.htm

  23. Kelley on October 23, 2007 at 1:38 pm  Chain link

    I love Martiniere’s work. He heavily influences some of the new born babes of sci-fi art nursery. But nope, can’t beat the real thing. Nu-uh!

    He also did a cover for Variable Star by Robert A. Heinlein and Spider Robinson. It actually looks similar to this one with the circular structures to the left and placement of other geometric shapes while having a character in thought in the foreground. Not too much though. I grabbed it from the shelf to compare even though his site is bookmarked.

    I’ll shuddup now! I’m really looking forward to MultiReal. Guh, I’m giddy after typing so much now. I’m a girl though, so I’m excused. =P

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