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Jun 11

I like how the sword looks like a continuation of his tie! Today I am proud of myself.Click for full UN-LEWIS’ED image!

Frank Comments: I’ll bet there were Others ready to help grab those!
Published 1979

Actually, that cover IS a classical work of artI would touch it without protective glovesI have seen worse. Far, far worseInteresting, but I would still read it in publicMiddling: Neither awful nor awfully goodWould not like to be seen reading that!Awful... just awful...That belongs in a gold-lamé picture frame!Gah... my eyes are burning! Feels so good!Good Show, Sir.... Good Show! (Average: 7.76 out of 10)
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16 Responses to “The Door Into Fire”

  1. Frank Says:

    Thanks! That tie looks so nice on Lewis!

  2. Phil Says:

    Good to see C.S. being put to good use, and I congratulate you on the tie illusion. Genius!

    “What he sought lay beyond human reach – but there were others ready to help him…” It doesn’t look THAT far out of reach; he just needs to step forward a little. And is a horse really going to be much help?

    There’s almost a TING! going on there. Almost.

    An OVERTURE by David Gerrold? Who knew he wrote musical scores as well as tribble scripts?

    Tag correction: it’s Diane DUANE (not duNane).

  3. Smith Says:

    You can see right up groping hunk’s frock.

    Surely, in the name of humanity, that should also be Lewis’d?

  4. Jaouad Says:

    That font used to be on a candy wrapper. Until it rethought its life and put all that behind it.

  5. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    @Smith: Is that a hunk with a foreshortening problem, or is that Malcolm Dixon with pectorals?

    What kind of a name is THC DOOP, INTD ARL anyway?

  6. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    Answered my own question today. THC DOOP, INTD ARL is an anagram for:

    DOLPHIN TORT CAD
    HORN ADDICT PLOT
    PILCHARD DON TOT
    CHORDAL DOT PINT
    CHARD DOLT POINT
    RANCID DOTH PLOT
    IT DOTH LAND CROP
    POND DITTO LARCH
    LATCH TORPID DON
    CATNIP DOTH LORD
    DROP HOLD INTACT
    CAN’T HOLD TRIPOD
    ACTOR, ODD PLINTH
    HARD TOP COLD TIN
    TIDAL NOTCH DROP
    ADOPT TORN CHILD
    TOAD CORD PLINTH
    ODD PLIANT TORCH

    And finally,

    DITCH PROTON LAD

    Maybe that’s the guy in the lower right corner! Proton Lad!

  7. jere7my Says:

    The fellow in the lower right is a dead ringer for porn star Evan Stone.

  8. Yoss Says:

    The suggestive placement of the sword. The ominous and euphemistic name “The Door Into Fire.” This is clearly a safe sex cautionary tale aimed at the male fantasy crowd. The protagonist striving, reaching for the seemingly unattainable — unaware of associated risks. And can there be any doubt the flaming horse represents venereal disease?

  9. Phil Says:

    To me (ever since I SING THE BODY ELECTRIC), a horse is just a centaur with a horse’s head.

  10. Diane Duane Says:

    Thanks for saying all the things I’ve thought myself, and more. :) — D.

  11. fred Says:

    How many fantasy covers has that Cosmic Cape appeared in?

  12. THX 1138 Says:

    “When I said put the horse out, I meant put the horse out!”

  13. Smith Says:

    @Dead Stuff: Malcolm Dixon? Crikey that is obscure! I’d have gone with Kenny Baker or Warwick Davis but Malcolm Dixon is just ubergeeky! Good Show, Sir!

  14. Alessandra Kelley Says:

    This is another one of those really-good-books-with-a-really-atrocious-cover.

    I think it was her first novel. It was nominated twice for a Campbell Award for best new writer of SF (I think I had better throw in some disclosure and say that makes me fond of it because the same thing happened to my husband’s first novel).

  15. Anti-Sceptic Says:

    Jazz hands!

  16. Rags Says:

    Ridley Scott later stole this idea for his original Alien movie!

    In an effort to avoid copyright infringment, he replaced the disembodied head of Patrick Stewart bursting forth from naked blue chick with a baby xenomorph and Siegfriend and his flaming horse with a space crew.

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