La Boca's stunning new cover art for classic sci-fi novels

Penguin's new line of rediscovered science-fiction classics have striking cover illustrations by La Boca.


London-based design studio La Boca has created a series of supernatural paperback book covers, reviving classic science-fiction novels in a new Penguin series – Penguin Worlds.

The series of republished sci-fi stories was released in the UK last month – with each book accompanied by an animated pack-shot for digital use (as seen in the video above).

La Boca is the creative force behind Black Swan film posters and Adele’s 2016 tour posters. The studio specialises in illustration and image-making, working with a range of clients including Nike, Coca Cola and BMW.

Check out their illustrations on the next slides.

A newly designed cover for Horror Stories by English author and poet E Nesbit, most widely known for her children’s books The Railway Children and Five Children.

The Horror Stories collection includes Grim Tales, Tales Told in Twilight and Fear written by Nesbit in the late 1800s and early 1900s.


Joanna Russ’s We Who Are About To is a feminist sci-fi novel first appearing in magazine form in the 1976 issue of Galaxy Science Fiction.

The rather sombre storyline follows and unnamed female protagonist who fights against men as they all try to survive on a planet. She kills other survivors to protect herself, and ends up killing herself after hallucinating from hunger.

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Post-apocalyptic novel The World in Winter by John Christopher explores the effects of an ice age caused by reduction in sunlight hitting Europe, resulting in British refugees fleeing to Nigeria. The novel was first published in 1962.


War For The Oaks by Emma Bull, published 1987, is pioneering work in the subgenre of urban fantasy.

It follows the story of rock musician Eddi McCandry who finds herself in a supernatural conflict between good and evil, although the events are based in a real-world setting (Minneapolis).


True Names and the Opening of the Cyberspace Frontier by Vernor Vinge was published after Vernor’s 1981 cyberpunk novel True Names - one of the earliest stories to present a concept of cyberspace. It follows the progress of a group of computer hackers.

True Names and the Opening of the Cyberspace Frontier includes articles by computer scientists and journalists based on developments of the internet, including revelations of former chief scientist at Intel, Timothy C. May.

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