Sundiver by David Brin

Sundiver by David Brin

Published in 1980, Sundiver is the first book in David Brin’s Uplift trilogy. The novel follows the crew of the Expedition Sundiver as they prepare to journey deep within the sun. It was nominated for the for the 1981 Locus Award.

Before launching his writing career, Brin earned a Bachelor of Science in Astronomy and a Master of Science in Applied Physics. He later went on to earn a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Space Science. Because of Brin’s strong scientific background, many of his novels include real science and plausible technological advances. Brin frequently appears as a commentator on shows like Life After People and Worlds of Tomorrow.

Sundiver by David Brin

The wide-eyed, pointing alien on this cover isn’t credited to an artist, but there’s a signature from Jim Burns on the back of the book, which leads us to believe that this was his work. Burns, who is from Wales, began his art career in the early 70s. He is a three-time Hugo Award winner, and he has received a dozen awards from the British Science Fiction Association.

Although covers make up the bulk of Burns’ work, Burns also created early concept art for Ridley Scott’s Bladerunner. He has also provided art for board games like The Fury of Dracula. A collection of his art, titled The Art of Jim Burns: Hyperluminal was published in 2014.

While this cover is certainly a standout, Jim Burns isn’t the only artist that worked on this book. There are also interior illustrations by David S. Perry, who was credited for his work.

Sundiver by David Brin

Perry is a London-based artist that was just starting his career when Sundiver was released; the book is one of his earliest credited works. While Perry went on to create covers for books like A Life in the Day of … and Other Short Stories, he soon moved on from the realm of fantasy and science fiction. Today, Perry primarily creates original, contemporary artwork.