Back when science fiction was considered pulp fiction, art directors and artists had the freedom to run wild with the cover art for sci-fi books. Nerdwriter pays homage to some of these notable people and their work, and reminds us to have a greater appreciation for cover art.
The latest in illustrator Steve McDonald’s series of intricate coloring books features an array of wondrous mechanical and solid state creations, including a space station, submarine, jumbo jet, and a pinball machine. Be sure to grab the matching set of colored pencils for gift giving.
Ever felt bad if brunch doesn’t look good enough to Instagram or you put the wrong emoji at the end of a risky text? Check out #Millennial Problems, a collection of amusing tweets exploring the struggles of millennial life. Great for gifting (and for historical purposes).
Best known for their iconic, in-depth auto repair manuals, Haynes also offers a series of books which delve into the design, construction, and operation of famous military planes like the F/A-18 Hornet, Grumman F-14 Tomcat, and the Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird.
Step into the world of illustrator Jakub Rozalski, where robots, samurai, werewolves and rural scenery collide. ArtStation’s Howling at the Moon features complementary text and interviews with the artist. There’s also a special edition with a slipcase and 6 prints.
This amazing book from Taschen lets you construct a life-size (5’9″ tall) paper model of a human skeleton. It has movable joints, and each bone is labeled with its English and Latin name. While we don’t have a release date yet, it’s available for pre-order from Amazon now.
The linear windows of Frank Lloyd Wright’s iconic structures are the perfect subject for Marc Hagan-Guirey’s book, which comes with 14 cut-and-fold models based on buildings from the Frederick C. Robie House to Taliesin West and the Johnson Wax building.
Want a real coloring challenge? Grab this book which features 35 amazing full-color images captured by NASA, side-by-side with coloring outlines based on the photos. Grab a set of two-tone space colored pencils and you’ve got a great gift for any astronomy fan.
ArtStation is an online community for professional visual artists. The site has set up a publishing arm, and this is their first book. Project 77 features the dystopian sci-fi world of ArtStation member Martin Deschambault, enriched with short stories by Jeffrey Campbell.
Now that smoking pot is becoming more and more acceptable, be sure to have the proper equipment on hand to suit the occasion. After you pick up the Doritos and cookie dough ice cream, grab this book, packed with colorful, weird, and silly images enhance the experience.
The Future is Now: Neon Rising is the second edition of the second book in Josan Gonzalez’s cyberpunk series. Almost all of its 212 pages has full-page illustrations, which tie into each other to create a “silent graphic novel.” It comes with three postcards.
Marc Hagan-Guirey specializes in kirigami – silhouetted sculptures made by cutting and folding a single sheet of paper. He worked with the guys behind Star Wars to create a book that lets you make 15 of the series’ vehicles using his technique. Accent lighting not included.