Short ‘n’ sweet

Story telling Jim Burns shares the ‘lost nar­ra­tive’ of his sci-fi an­nual cover

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Jim Burns puts a unique spin on the Franken­stein story in nar­ra­tive-filled cover art for a book cel­e­brat­ing the year’s best sci-fi fic­tion.

St. Martin’s Press, the pub­lisher be­hind the Year’s Best Sci­ence Fic­tion & Fan­tasy: Thirty-First An­nual Collection, fea­tures Jim’s Ho­muncu­lar­ium. The piece is part of the Welsh artist’s Lost Nar­ra­tive se­ries.

“Cre­at­ing these per­sonal pieces en­ables me to give more rein to my own imag­i­na­tion, rather than be­ing bound to nar­ra­tives writ­ten by oth­ers.”

The book in­cludes sto­ries by Robert Reed, Alas­tair Reynolds, Car­rie Vaughn and more. You can see more art from Jim Burns at

Jim says he’s try­ing for darker themes here: “A lot of at­mos­phere, de­tail for the cu­ri­ous eye to wan­der over, a strik­ing cen­tral char­ac­ter, a hint of the macabre.”

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