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Conceiving a Babi

Christopher Geoffrey McPherson – The Babi Makers (2013).

We’ve spent the last few weeks working on the release of Christopher’s latest book, a cautionary sci-fi tale called The Babi Makers. The very concept of the book had my creative gears spinning, and I immediately thought of doing something that was contemporary, yet also evocative of funky old sci-fi things like Omni magazine art and paperback book covers from the ’50s and ’60s. I originally thought to have just a landscape in the bottom half, meant to represent the community of Nové depicted in the book. It wasn’t quite working, however, and that’s when Christopher thought up the idea of including figures looking over a cliff. That’s where it finally clicked.

The Babi Makers is available as a Kindle download, or as a paperback. Below, some imagery that guided me along in the design process.

Wassily Kandinsky – Variegated Black (1935).

Sci-fi paperback book covers, 1960s (Avon edition of Isaac Asimov’s Foundation trilogy).

Early OMNI magazine covers and art (July 1981 issue).

5 Thoughts on “Conceiving a Babi

  1. Jim Kosmicki on January 23, 2013 at 11:17 am said:

    nicely done – I got the visual inspiration as soon as I saw the image. Lots of memories of 70’s and 80’s SF covers.

  2. Thank you, Jim!

  3. Jim Kosmicki on January 26, 2013 at 10:03 am said:

    Reading the book now as part of my Kindle rotation, it’s an interesting update on Swift’s “A Modest Proposal.” I’ve gotten through the world-building part and am just now to where we’re meeting the main female character. The book has an interesting tone/style that is as evocative of older science fiction as the cover – so the cover fits even better as I get to know the contents better.

  4. Jim: Thank you for taking the time to read my little offering. I would love to hear your thoughts when you’ve completed it. Interesting that you mention “A Modest Proposal.” After I had completed my manuscript, I took a look around the internet to see if anyone else had written on the same subject and found Swift’s — which I had never heard of before. I was rather surprised by the logic of it (I know it’s satire) which aligns itself with my story quite well.

  5. The cover is definitely visually stimulating. Plus, it makes me want to read the book. Sorry but the old saying “don’t judge the book by its cover” doesn’t work for me at all. Plus, the plot is certainly interesting too.

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