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Cover of The Children of Hamlin | 9th June 2014, 19:34  
Continuing my cover analysis series as I re-read the early Star Trek: The Next Generation novels, I've reached The Children of Hamlin. My thoughts on the novel are available elsewhere, but here's the cover of the US Pocket edition.

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My copy is the UK Titan edition of the book, the cover differences are minimal: a lighter purple for the background colour, the number 3 more prominent in the top left, the publisher's logo at the top right instead of the bottom, no shadow on the main logo, title in yellow, and cover text in bold. And one major difference in the image (which I'll get to).

The cover image's background shows a series of bubbles - spoiler alert - these are the alien spacecraft featured in the novel, and the image quite accurately matches the description in the novel. There's also a planet (yes, a planet features in the novel too!), and a picture of the Enterprise. Interestingly, on my UK edition, the Enterprise has been rotated 45 degrees anti-clockwise, so it sits at a jaunty angle, as if someone was concerned that otherwise it would crash into the head of the character on the left.

Let's talk about the characters on the cover.

On the right, we have an excellent portrait of Captain Picard in season one uniform, which matches the time the novel is set (it features Tasha Yar). Similarly, the portrait of Doctor Crusher matches the actress really well. But who is the character on the left?

There are two real options having read the novel, and I'm afraid it doesn't seem to match either:

a) Ruthe - Woman, tight grey cloak, loose locks of straight black hair, pale skin.

b) Patrisha - Woman, strong features, greying hair braided in single plait to her waist, rough hands, thick frame, from a culture that shuns technology.

If anything, it seems to be a cross between the two.

Overall though, far from a bad cover.
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