Aug 08

Welcome to our planet. You are required to sleep with us all. My name is Carl..Click for full image

Frank Comments: My reaction was “It’s a trap!” In the interest of repeating the experiment, today I showed this book to another volunteer in our organization and asked her “Male or female?” She got different answers for different sides of the neck line too. I think she found this somewhat distressing.
Published 1971

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: 8.07 out of 10)

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15 Responses to “Moonferns and Starsongs”

  1. lilacsigil Says:

    It’s a terrible cover even without your transphobia to go with it.

  2. Tom Noir Says:

    Whatever, she’s FABULOUS.

    Also, talk about your strategically placed ferns.

  3. CBrachyrhynchos Says:

    My first thought was “Cher”.

  4. Jami Says:

    The body says woman. The face says Leonard Nimoy.

  5. Tat Wood Says:

    The problem isn’t the sex of the face’s owner so much as that the woman has a headless body and someone else is looking over her right shoulder to see where her bonce has gone. The head went so fast it left the green wig in mid-air, to fall on her bodiless chum’s head at a peculiar angle. Or maybe his head arrived out of nowhere and knocked hers flying, in a sort of shop-dummy marbles game. And what’s with her luminous shoe?

  6. L.B. Says:

    @CBrachyrhynchos. My thought exactly. A missing sketch from the Sonny & Cher Show, maybe?

  7. THX 1138 Says:

    Dana International? No, Dana Intergalactic!

  8. fred Says:

    That poor N in starsongs is going to be crushed into an I.

  9. Anti-Sceptic Says:

    @Jami that was good. Gave me quite a chuckle.

  10. Yoss Says:

    Moonferns? Shouldn’t those be behind her? err him?

  11. Jerk of all Trades Says:

    Looks kind of like a paintover from before the era of Photoshop. I wish I could find a better photo; that would tell one way or another.

  12. Jerk of all Trades Says:

    Also, you would do better to speculate about how many pieces this cover-dweller was patched together from, rather than her sex or gender.

  13. A.R.Yngve Says:

    Does blue foliage grow FROM her crotch? Kinda heavy on the symbolism, or what?

  14. Green Says:

    Agreed, Lilacsigil, Tat Wood & J.O.A.T.! I’d be happy about having a trans/ intersexed person on the cover (Very Silverberg). But the cover is just terrible. I can’t tell if it’s strategically placed foliage, part of the being, or just a close and personal friend.

    In any case, I love Silverberg, so I will hunt it down & read it anyway.

  15. Rags Says:

    Butter Face!!

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