The book is one part philosophy, one part science, and I'd ultimately like the cover art to reflect that. As long as designers can follow those criteria, I'm open to all suggestions; however bizarre. Michio Kaku's "Hyperspace" book cover is the kind of thing I had in mind, though you're welcome to deviate completely if you've got a better idea: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Hyperspace-…0192861891 this will be a self-published ebook, I'd like the cover to be striking or attention-grabbing from just a thumbnail size.
The book is aimed at philosophy and science enthusiasts, so galaxy motifs, mathematical structures, bizarre shapes, and colour play are all welcome. If it's eye catching then I'm interested. Since the book is called "How to Build a God" there's obviously an implied spiritual element, but it isn't in any traditional religious sense. 'God' here is used as a being relatively far more intelligent than ourselves, rather than any kind of spiritual or biblical entity.
I'd like the title 'How to Build a God' displayed foremost. I'd like my name 'Alex McKechnie' at the very bottom of the design. All else is open. As I've said, I'm pretty much amenable to anything eye-catching that follows the general themes of the book. To help out with that, I've included a list of the ideas contained in it:
- Technology is Nature: Man and technology are just another expression of the universe as a whole.
- Genetics, robotics, AI, and nanotechnology will radically transform what it means to be human.
- Humans will one day be able to upload themselves digitally, and live on in computational habitats.
- The universe at heart is a complexity machine. It generates more and more novelty as time goes on. That's its core characteristic. It's not necessarily - as we believe today - an entropy engine, running down until it wears out.
- Human history will end with the birth of a machine superintelligence: the product of all machine and human intelligence merging together into one collective entity. This entity will then start expanding out into the universe, absorbing more and more matter to use as a computing platform.
- Humans are just one step in the cosmic evolutionary process, beginning 13 billion years ago with the big bang and ending in a technological cosmic superintelligence. We're a transitory stage.
Well, I think that about sums it up. I've intentionally left this open since I don't have any particular specifics in mind. If you can give a visual dimension to one of the themes above - or something related - then I'm more than happy to use it as my cover. When it's finished the book will be published on Amazon KDP and publicised. Obviously books 'are' judged by their covers, hence me trying to be specific here.I have included an extremely rough initial draft of the book to give some idea of its themes. Please be aware that this is yet to be edited, proof read, and finalised. I have only included it as guide.