-By Dan dos Santos

Science Fiction and Fantasy is a robust genre, and there is no shortage of beautiful covers that come and go each month. So I’ve decided to start a new monthly segment here on Muddy Colors, called ‘This Month in Covers‘, which will highlight some of the best covers of the past 30 days.

Even though many us here are focused primarily on producing (or wanting to produce) cover work, it’s sort of astounding at just how uninformed many of us are about what is actually ON THE SHELF at any given moment.  Yes, we see our friends post images on Facebook and Instagram, often times months before the book is actually released. But that is usually a pretty narrow view of what the current marketplace actually looks like. When was the last time you walked around a real bookstore and explored the covers there the same way the general populace gets exposed to them? When was the last time you visited a comic book shop?

That said, let’s take a moment to enjoy some of the exceptional art that is on the shelves right now.

Art by Jason Shawn Alexander

A Song For Quiet
Art by Jeffrey Alan Love

Dark Sky
Art by John Harris

Heroine Worship
Art by Jason Chan

An Echo of Things to Come
Art by Dominick Saponaro

The Five Daughters of the Moon
Art by Anna and Elena Balbusso

By Chance or Providence
Art by Becky Cloonan