Gotta level with you, this might honestly be the dullest cover that Tim Jacobus has ever graced us. There are some positives, namely the nice blending of the red as it reaches higher into the starry sky, and the reflection of Earth in the spaceship window is pretty neat. But other than that, where's the scary? Is it supposed to be the astronaut with the yellow eyes? Because if that's the case, is that ever a wet paper bag of a scare. Of the nearly 100 covers that Jacobus provided, this may hands down be the worst. But I can at least sidebar to this piece of trivia before we get to the book proper:
Originally, the book was meant to be called Earth Geeks Must Die! However, Scholastic deemed it too violent, despite the words "Die" "Dead" and "Murder" being featured for past book titles. Jeez, no wonder Stine was ready to peace out.