The Gift is a revolutionary science fiction book. It presents the unique perspective on how the human race may respond to an encounter with representatives of an alien race. It is an engaging thought provoking science-fiction novel. The main story is based on believable science and real-world facts about the military. Design wise, Dave’s request was pretty straight forward—he wanted an original book cover design to inspire potential readers to pick up the book and give it a chance.
Dave started by describing some of the main features which make his book different. The most important elements are some strange looking spheres that turned out to be gifts to the human race. Each gift could help a single human but it could also hurt the recipient and all humanity.
Given Dave’s thorough description, my approach was to create a scene based on the main spherical elements. I used a human hand to convey the idea of the spheres being the gift. The central light beam shining from behind the title created the perfect contrast with the dark space background. This contrast helped the cover become really eye-catchy, intriguing and mysterious at the same time.
I loved every minute of the design process for the Gift. Dave is a very open minded person and a very creative writer. I was extremely happy my cover design complemented his intriguing well-written story. The Gift has got a lot of great reviews since its official launch. Both the story and the cover got amazing praise in Dave’s interviews. You can read one of them on The Writers Shack here.