Short ‘n’ sweet
Story telling Jim Burns shares the ‘lost narrative’ of his sci-fi annual cover
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.”