Victo Ngai

I am very happy to revel my cover for Nisi Shawl’s long awaited historical fantasy / steampunk novel Everfair. Everfair is a wonderful NeoVictorian alternate history novel that explores the question of what might have come of Belgium’s disastrous colonization of the Congo if the native populations had learned about steam technology a bit earlier.

It’s a great pleasure and honor working on this amazing story. And there’s nothing better than a happy author. Since it would be immodest indeed to comment on my own art, here is what author Nisi Shawl had to say about the cover:

“Is it immodest to call what Victo Ngai has done “gorgeous”?

There’s a direct correlation between the cover art and the novel, for sure.  The lamp at the cover’s center is basically the national symbol of Everfair, the fictional Utopia at the novel’s center.  The mechanical hand reflects the prevalence of prosthetics among people maimed by Leopold’s grim enforcement of rubber production quotas; the dark-skinned hand the prevalence and primacy of dark-skinned peoples in the part of Africa where most of the story takes place.  And the way it all glows together—I hope my words shine as well.”

The book publishes in Aug, 2016 from Tor Books, pencil it in your calendar!

Big thanks to AD Irene Gallo, always a pleasure!