One of the many reasons Penguin has been so successful over the years involves its history of creating fantastic book covers. Penguin also boast a stellar track record in publishing meaningful titles, but let's be honest: the books look good. Even the iconic bands of color framing a white block that have come to define Penguin were a stroke of design genius, and are now quite widely fetishized on everything from notepads to luggage tags by booklovers worldwide.
When it comes to cover design, the science fiction genre is often accused, along with romance novels, of having the most godawful cover design going. With their typical brilliance in style, Penguin embraces all the good, the bad and the comically ugly in traditional sci-fi design with their science fiction series. From the campy cartoon-style creatures and ridiculous, buxom alien babes of space opera, to the darkly stylized futuristic cities in dystopian futures Penguin covered it all with story selection and cover illustration.
We've compiled a selection of the Penguin science fiction series to show you. The covers chosen range from the early 1960s (when Penguin began deviating from their traditional color-coded designs) all the way through to the 2000s. The majority of our favorites, however, feature the more psychedelic artwork from the late 1970s.
Take a trip through space with Penguin.