But then today, my copy of Crystal Rain arrived. I've only read the prologue and start of the chapter so far, but I'm already wondering about the cover art. See, the book starts with a man with dreadlocks and dark skin.... and everyone else so far is also dark skinned. Yet, the people steering the airship on the cover seem to be white.
Is this another case of the cover art not reflecting the racial reality of the book, as Elizabeth Bear notes happens with her books? Or do I just need to read further into the book to find the people depicted on the cover.