10 Romantic Sci-fi Covers That Will Make You Believe in Love on Other Planets

In a time where ebooks are available one Amazon’s click away, and with so many to chose from, cover design has never been more important in reflecting the tone and the content of a book.

When we think about science fiction, romance isn’t the first thing that usually comes to mind, at least not as its central theme. These sci fi book covers don’t shy away from it and reveal right from the beginning what the main focus of the story is: Love.

Here’s a list of 10 book covers that are as romantic as science fiction can get.

Romantic SciFi Book Covers
These Broken Stars

1. These Broken Stars (Starbound #1) by Amie Kaufman

The first book’s cover of the Starbound series features strong typography and clear messaging, revealing us straight away that this book is indeed a science fiction romance. The main characters are Lilac LaRoux, the daughter of the richest man in the universe, and Tarver Merendsen, a cynical war hero.

across the universe beth revis

2. Across the Universe (Across the Universe #1) by Beth Revis

Across the Universe has an engaging book cover with a pleasant mixture of colors that emphasize two expressive human faces. By telling us the story of seventeen-years old Amy, this book does the beautiful thing of integrating YA, romance and science fiction.

Unforgotten Jessica Brody

3. Unforgotten (Unremembered #2) by Jessica Brody

Red undertones and clear typography. Unremembered trilogy, a time travel science fiction series, has featured a particularly romantic book cover for its second volume. The series, however, are known to be packed with mystery, suspense, and romance.

starcrossed

4. Starcrossed: Perigee (Starcrossed #1) by Tracey Lee Campbell

Starcrossed's book cover design couldn’t have been better done. Besides being visually engaging, it gives us that whimsical vibe, and it is immediately clear that its content will include elements of Fantasy, science fiction, and romance.

conflict of honors

5. Conflict of Honors (Liaden Universe #8) by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller

Conflict of Honors has been first released in 1988 and all volumes in the series have gone through different editions and covers. This edition of Liaden Universe #8 has all the elements of a great cover, featuring the main characters and giving us a very clear sense of the environment and context of the book. The images blend and combine nicely, and the quote piques our curiosity even more – specially if we are interested in a science fiction romance.

A Million Suns

6. A Million Suns (Across the Universe #2) by Beth Revis

Isn’t the book cover of A Million Suns, second volume of the Across the Universe series, as equally perfect as the first one?  It has been carefully designed to attract the fans of the genre, without hiding the fact that romance would be a big part of the equation. Those that have been following the series would have been pleased that it would include the same elements that made them love it in first place.

stitch

7. Stitch (Stitch Trilogy #1) by Samantha Durante

Stitch has opted for a minimalist design for their debut volume, which has worked fantastically well. Almost black and white in its entirety, it uses tones of blue and green to emphasize certain elements. Without looking overly romantic, this cover does make us believe there will be a love story of some sort as part of the main plot.

Under The Never Sky

8. Under the Never Sky (Under the Never Sky #1) by Veronica Rossi

The book cover design of Under the Never Sky has all the elements of a great book cover. The background is kept simple in order to give prominence to the title and main central image, and the color palette gives a very specific feeling to the viewer. This is the story of Aria and Perry, a dystopian romance by Veronica Rossi. Without having to research further, by reading the title, the quote, and analyzing the overall design, the reader can already form a very accurate first impression of this book.

The Empire Elizabeth Lang

9. The Empire (The Empire #1) by Elizabeth Lang

Without giving too much away, this cover for The Empire provides us with a clear sense of what we can expect from the book. The images have been cleverly incorporated in a perfect blend, and the final result is a great looking cover that make us at least want to check the back to know more.

games of command linnea sinclair

10. Games of Command by Linnea Sinclair

Games of Command’s book cover has a classic style with a slightly more passionate portrayal compared to the others. The core elements of the plot are all part of the book cover design, accompanied by a convincing quote featuring another known author.

Conclusion

As much as we don’t want to judge a book by its cover, the truth is that we still do. With so many choices available, and so many great books waiting to be read, the priority goes to whichever catches our attention first.

The 10 book covers above were great examples of designs that gave the right first impression and have motivated many to read the content.

And even if love isn’t the first core element of science fiction… There will be always place for it. In our world. Or on other planets.

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7 Comments

  1. Meera on March 11, 2017 at 6:12 pm

    These cover pages are interesting and romantic for a sci fi books. However, I am not a big fan of Sci Fi unless otherwise it impress me at the first page itself. I like the Million Sun and Games of Command cover page over others. Nice list, though. 🙂

  2. cieri of thewonderfulkind.com on March 12, 2017 at 11:40 am

    I never thought there are a lot of books out there about love on other planets. And that there are great books suchbas these. There is a new movie on teenagers falling in love which was just shown (I forgot the title). I find it unique and remembered it upon stumbling on this post.

  3. mariaisquixotic on March 12, 2017 at 12:49 pm

    “Never judge a book by its cover.” But, it’s inevitable! Sometimes, our eyes are caught by covers magnificent like those listed here. I guess, book design really is important if you really want to attract buyers. (IMHO only) It’s really a great help if you want to market books. If ever I would see one of these, I’ll definitely read one! Maybe, after acads! 🙂

  4. Berlin | Momi Berlin on March 12, 2017 at 2:13 pm

    Oftentimes, I buy books because of the title and cover. Only after grabbing the book would I look at the back part to read the gist or at least prepare myself of what I am about to bring home. These are new titles to me but would love check them out.

  5. KT Nielsen on March 12, 2017 at 3:29 pm

    If judging a book by it’s cover is a crime then I am guilty. Frankly, I always reach out for the books with nice covers and then read the back page or snippets before I buy them. The exception would be when I really want to get my own copy of a book because I’ve heard about good reviews so I really don’t care if the cover is blank or just a plain color with the title. The covers you featured here have really colorful covers and I think this would be appealing to teens.

  6. Fenrile on March 12, 2017 at 3:40 pm

    I love the style of Across the Universe that is artistic in opinion. And I also love the old vintage Conflict of Honors. And even in Sci-fi there should be love. Love should be anywhere, in any forms, as I believe help giving depth to a story. I can’t wait to see some sci-fi romance covers designed by you <3

  7. Johna on March 14, 2017 at 6:42 am

    These all loook/sound like great books! I actually bought Across the Universe a few months ago. It’s still sitting on my book shelf at home. Haven’t had the time to read it hehe. Hopefully by next month I can start it! 😀

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