The cover image is a commissioned painting by the illustrator turned fine artist Phil Hale.
I read a lot of science fiction books and one that i picked up was because the cover artwork was great. It was by someone named Phil Hale. It took us a while to find and contact him in the days before the internet. He agreed to create an image based off of my description of the figure. If you look closely you can see the NR logo on the figures left pant leg-around the thigh area. He also was sympathetic to our limited budget. Nice guy. – Jeff Pezzati