05 Oct 2012
In February next year, we’ll be relaunching this classic Julian May SF series with fabulous new covers. I just can’t wait to see these glowing - beacon-like - on the shelves! We’ll also be bringing them out in ebook for the first time, so we’re hoping a host of existing fans and new readers will be wanting these in both paper and electronic form. To list the covers below, Intervention is a prequel to the Galactic Milieu trilogy, which consists of Jack the Bodiless, Diamond Mask then Magnificat. These books are colourful and vibrant, and the energy of May’s imagination is just second-to-none, as her dramatic characters just leap off the page.
I have a real nostalgic soft spot for these books, as I discovered them as a teenager when reading much-loved authors such as Brian Aldiss, Frank Herbert and Anne McCaffrey – and these books were part of my discovery of the whole wonderful world of speculative fiction. And in fact, I was really happy to rediscover my original old copies on a recent trip ‘home’ to see my parents. The pages were pretty yellow, and those old covers, well . . . I’ll leave that to you to judge, but you’ll find these beneath our new ones below. Let us know what you think in the comments!
We are also reissuing Julian May’s acclaimed Saga of the Exiles series in January, and you can see a longer post on our design approach when briefing this series here. So now on to those old covers. So old that I couldn’t actually find a full matching set, and the covers are clearly scanned from the paper copies, but I think you get the general idea.