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This category includes any entry that can be described as written work: short stories, novels, comic books, and others. This includes the cover-art of such works, even if strictly speaking such art could not be considered a written work. See, however, the note on cover art.

Titles in the list that are preceded by an asterisk ("*") were originally published in a language other than English. The titles of any translations, if they exist, may differ from the translated title given between brackets ("[…]").


Cover art

As most science fiction fans know, cover art usually bears very little comparison with the story, and is virtually never sent to the author for approval. The picture on the cover may show a scene from the book (an unlikely event in science fiction cover art!), but the flags will be as imagined by the artist, not as imagined by the author.
James Dignan, 6 September 2003

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Miscellaneous

Humouristic New Canadian Flag

[Fake New Canadian Flag]
image by Marc Pasquin

Here's a political cartoon from the early 1960s about changing the Canadian flag. I believe it's from the Toronto Star. Originally it was black & white; I just coloured the flag.

There are four politicians in it: Prime Minister Lester Pearson (LP), Former Prime Minister John Diefenbaker (PC), Tommy Douglas (NDP) and the leader of the Quebec-based Social Credit party. Pearson wanted a pure Canadian flag with no connection to the mother nations. Diefenbaker wanted with connection to our British Founders. The Quebec leader wanted connection to our French roots. The artists at that time had field days with this.
Wm. L. Houle, 19-21 August 2000


Books apparently about flags, but not

How Beautiful with BannersJames Blish

James Blish (1921-1975) is a well known US-based science fiction author; this 1966 science fiction short story "How Beautiful with Banners" was originally published in Orbit 1. The text includes 5 occurrences of the word "banner" (excluding the title) and one of the word "flag" — all metaphorical, lacking any reference to actual vexillological objects.
António Martins, 24 September 2009

Tirano BanderasRamón del Valle-Inclán:

A major Spanish novel is titled "Tirano Banderas" ("Tyrant Banderas"; "Banderas" is a Spanish surname). See Wikipedia. (I actually bought a copy, lured by its apparent vexillological value!)
Carlos J. Torres, 25 February 2009, and António Martins, 24 September 2009