Monday, May 27, 2013

Cover art - China Miéville, David Brin & Isaac Asimov (Romanian edition)

Born last year, Paladin Publishing House, the new Romanian imprint specialized in science fiction and fantasy, is already hard at work. With 5 titles published since it was founded, Isaac Asimov’s “Pebble in the Sky”, Arthur C. Clarke’s “The City and the Stars”, Robert Holdstock’s “Mythago Wood”, Lois McMaster Bujold’s “Shards of Honor” and Ray Bradbury’s “Fahrenheit 451”, two due to be released in the immediate future, China Miéville’s “King Rat” and David Brin’s “The Postman”, and a second edition of Isaac Asimov’s “Pebble in the Sky”, Paladin proves to be a publishing house to watch closely on the Romanian market. True to its word, the imprint brought authors never translated in Romanian, new books of some of the writers published here before and new editions with fresh translation for the titles released here at a certain time. Not only that, but Paladin also came on the market giving full attention to the books as a product as well. And one of the reasons for the quality of their products is the beautiful artworks used for the covers of the books released under their umbrella. It is a domain where the Romanian market suffers greatly, but not because of Paladin. With the exception of the first volume, Isaac Asimov’s “Pebble in the Sky”, the imprint has put a lot of effort behind their book covers. And this can easily be seen too on the titles due to be released soon. China Miéville’s “King Rat” comes with a cover by Edward Miller, David Brin’s “The Postman” with one by Josh Adamski and the second Paladin edition of Isaac Asimov’s “Pebble in the Sky” with a cover by Maciej Garbacz. Three new examples that with enough interest the book covers of the Romanian editions can look good. I can only salute such efforts and hope that the future would bring us more such wonderful artworks on the covers of the books we see in the Romanian bookshops.

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