When we love a book here at Solaris, we go all out to make sure it succeeds – which is why we’ve reprinted Signal to Noise with a brand new cover!
Taking our lead from Netflix sensation Stranger Things – Signal to Noise was featured on lists in The Verge and Book Riot for books you should read once you’ve finished binging the series – we’ve designed a retro cover that we absolutely love.
Here’s hoping you do as well! Click the image above to see a large version of the new cover, and bask in its glory!
It’s tunring into quite the year for Silvia Moreno-Garcia, whose tale of magic and music in Mexico City has already picked up noiminations for the Locus Awards and the British Fantasy Awards.
Signal to Noise joins novels by Katherine Fawcett, Gemma Files, Heather O’Neill and Robert Charles Wilson on the shortlist. Here’s hoping that Silvia brings this award home – Signal to Noise certainly deserves the recognition.
10 December, and the Santa War continues in the North Pole.
The casualties from the Battle of Burnt Turkey Ridge pick candy cane shards out of their red and gold tunics. Morale among the Santa loyalists is low.
To the east, Rudolf’s rebels begin a relentless carolling campaign, singing around the clock in an attempt to deprive the enemy of sleep. Bells jingle endlessly.
In Claus House, Santa gathers his brightest elves. He wants the war ended. It is decided: a mighty weapon will be built, something so great and terrible that it will bring Rudolf to heel and put Christmas back on track…
It’s looking bad in the North Pole, but worry not, for Christmas is on track here at Rebellion HQ. Today, we’re giving you a chance to win Silvia Moreno-Garcia’s most excellent Signal To Noise – yes, the Signal To Noise that was one of Buzzfeed’s best fantays books of 2015!
The art of choosing a cover can be a complex one, particularly when – like we did with Signal to Noise – you have a book that breaks genre boundaries and audiences. There is of course old adage that urges you not to make your mind up based purely on the first impression that a book’s artwork gives you, but we surely all have? We are of course somewhat biased: you don’t get in to publishing without having a slightly obsessive number of beautiful books you can’t quite shake the urge to purge, even when you’re now sacrificing floor space for shelf space (and spill over space, and TBR space…) But the power of a great cover is not something to be sniffed at.
Our head of art has previously shared on his own blog the sometimes arduous process behind actually creating some of our other covers, but today we thought we would share with you the two other strong possibilities for Signal to Noise, to give you an idea of the dramatic way a cover can change the shelf identity of a book, and how we arrive there.
First up we have the final cover, when you go into your local bookstore or click buy now on amazon this is what you’ll receive:
Iknowright – pretty gorgeous. But what could have been?
Obviously music is a huge part of Signal to Noise, and very specifically it’s through Meche’s vinyl record collection that the trio cast their spells so the first cover we discussed with the incredible cover artist Erik Mohr naturally had a record at its heart.
But this was too literal. Signal to Noise may have vinyl records as one of its stars, but it is more than that. This is a mixtape of story – split between two periods of time and pulled together by music, much like the magic and characters of the book. It’s also nostalgic, but not mawkish. Which is where cover two came from:
While we loved this cover it still didn’t quite capture the essence of the book for us. We had the mixtape and the retro feeling, but we needed something that captured the fantastical of the book, and the colours. Signal to Noise is a vibrant book, and Moreno-Garcia paints a picture with her words. The cover needed to capture that spirit.
We think the final cover did just that.
Signal to Noise is available to buy in the UK, US and as a DRM-free eBook directly from our store now.
You can vote for Erik’s cover in The Qwillery’s debut author cover war here!
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Solaris Books are delighted to reveal the debut novel from the wonderfully talented Silvia Moreno-Garcia, Signal to Noise, will be out Spring 2015.
Mexico City, 1988: Long before iTunes or MP3s, you said “I love you” with a mixtape.
Meche, awkward and fifteen, has two equally unhip friends – Sebastian and Daniela – and a whole lot of vinyl records to keep her company. When she discovers how to cast spells using music, the future looks brighter for the trio. The three friends will piece together their broken families, change their status as non-entities, and maybe even find love…
Mexico City, 2009: Two decades after abandoning the metropolis, Meche returns alone for her estranged father’s funeral.
It’s hard enough to cope with her family, but then she runs into Sebastian, reviving memories from a childhood she thought she buried a long time ago. What really happened back then? What precipitated the bitter falling out with her father? Is there any magic left?
About the author: Mexican by birth, Canadian by inclination, Silvia Moreno-Garcia lives in beautiful British Columbia with her family and two cats. Her speculative fiction has been collected in This Strange Way of Dying.