Last year wasn't just a great year for books — it also sported some amazing book/magazine covers, according to the blog Stainless Steel Droppings, which has posted an eye-popping collection of cover art. Here are a few of our favorites.

The image above is the cover of Burning Skies by David J. Williams, with art by the prolific and awesome Stephan Martiniere. Check out the rest over at the link. [Stainless Steel Droppings]

Desolation Road, cover by Stephan Martiniere.

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Asimov's Magazine, cover by John Picacio , which absolutely pops with color. He explains his inspirations behind it here, including the work of magazine artist Coles Philips and Lisa Goldstein's story, "Away From Here."

Art from The Bulletin of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, by Les Edwards.

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The Wind Up Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi, art by Raphael Lacoste.

Interzone cover by Adam Tredowski.

Cover for Haze by L.E. Modesitt Jr., by Sparth.

Stephan Martiniere again, with The Sunless Countries by Karl Schroeder.