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Nov 01

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Cyril’s Art Direction: It’s French? What better than a couple of naked broads?
Published 1968

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: 7.30 out of 10)
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13 Responses to “Thirteen French Science-Fiction Stories”

  1. THX 1138 Says:

    Oh, Vic, I’ve fallen over.

  2. L.B. Says:

    Is the chick by the rocket trying to kill herself? That’s chilling… the cover’s bizarre… there’s nothing uproarious about it, however.
    http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/uproarious?s=t

  3. Tom Noir Says:

    There needs to be a tag for ‘gravity-defying boobs’. I mean, what’s going on with the left one of the standing woman? Talk about lifting and separating.

    Then again, her head does look like its being sucked into a black hole, so maybe that explains things.

  4. Jon Says:

    If I’ve learned anything, it’s that French women apparently don’t even own clothes. That must get chilly.

    Won’t someone think of the French women?!

  5. A.R.Yngve Says:

    Obviously, the guy wrote who the blurb has never even met a Frenchman, much less been to France.

    “Snotty! Smelly! Full of ennui! The most boring and pretentious things happen when French intellectualism meets Science Fiction!”<

  6. Tat Wood Says:

    @A.R.Yngve: and from the sound of it you probably haven’t been to France either. Their SF books at least have better covers than this, and you don’t have to go to annoying specialist shops to find them.
    (And if you want to know what happens when French intellectualism meets Science Fiction’, check out Samuel R Delany and hs Foucauldian space-opera: a new dimension in nail-biting climaxes.)

  7. fred Says:

    Is this just a generic series cover with only the newspaper changing from country to country?

  8. Phil Says:

    I like the rocket-powered lipstick. And the little angels with heads and wings, but no bodies.

  9. A.R.Yngve Says:

    The blurb was written by the guy who goes “Nudge nudge, wink-wink…”

  10. Ian Says:

    Heads with wings?
    Glad to see the wtf tag on this one.

  11. A.R.Yngve Says:

    And please allow me to apologize to French SF writers for the joke in Comment #5… the intent is to mock, not to hate.

    In all fairness, though, no joke about the French could do more harm than the above cover…

  12. hestia Says:

    Hey, the artist just tried to depict what was in the 13 stories…it wasn’t his fault they were about a phallic lipstick rocket, winged angel heads, a mostly naked woman being sucked into a black hole, and a kitty-demon-person(?) laying on a French newspaper.

    French science fiction — what can you do?

  13. Anti-Sceptic Says:

    If I was a stereo-typer then I would say that French science fiction is probably about a man that is able to travel through space while eating a baguette, smoking a cigarette, and sipping on a latte, whilst sporting a beret…But I’m not, so I won’t say it.

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