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Dec 19

Nothing like an evil space glove! Is that in the book?Click for full image

Jami Comments: Actually the best part is inside when I was trying to find dates on this. It’s the dedication Asimov wrote.

“To My Mother
Of Whose Authentic Gray Hairs
Not a Few Were Caused by Myself”

Yes, that’s how it’s capitalized inside.
Published 1970

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: 5.89 out of 10)
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12 Responses to “Foundation”

  1. SI Says:

    I like how the space suit comes complete with man-boob holders.

  2. THX 1138 Says:

    The Isaac Asimov College Prospectus: for Foundation Courses, naturally.

  3. Jaouad Says:

    Not just an Evil Space Glove. An Evil *Six-Fingered* Space Glove.

  4. Michael Toland Says:

    My favorite part is how amused Mr. Giant Head on the left seems to be.

  5. Yoss Says:

    “I like how the space suit comes complete with man-boob holders.”

    Well obviously psychohistory predicted a greater need for man-boob accommodation. That may have been left out of the books, but it’s been quite some time since I read them.

  6. fred Says:

    I prefer Foundation and Empire with the Mule on the cover.
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/retrosapien/1365623999/

  7. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    ‘I am Hari Seldon!…and I find this absofuckinglutely embarrassing!’

    It took me a second glance to realize that it’s supposed to be a cube, with a little tunnel cut through it, and the space glove’s fingers are arching over the ceiling. I can’t remember anything like that in the original.

  8. Tom Noir Says:

    Oh yeah man, my favorite part of Foundation was where the alien spaceman and the evil Easter Island heads got trapped in a cube with that tattooed claw.

    Anyway, I think that’s what happened. My copy was printed in Dutch.

  9. Tat Wood Says:

    The initials KSP were supposed to be a bit more secret – that’s what the S stood for.

  10. Jerk of all Trades Says:

    Goddamn, but we get ugly in the future.

  11. Stevie T Says:

    This was the cover that graced the copy I read (I even recently found a picture of me reading it). I didn’t have too many qualms about reading it in public, after all it said “Asimov” on it, right. That makes it look smart even if the cover art doesn’t, right? Right?

    Once upon a time, I used to receive a Science Fiction book club newsletter from the now defunct Waldenbooks called “Xignals”. They ran a big story about how there was going to be a new reissue of the original Foundation Trilogy with New Cover Art by Michael Whelan. I was just at the right age that I was like, “Michael Whelan! Wow! How Awesome is That! Those are the copies I want to read!” Then I went to the bookstore and found the first one:

    http://www.paperbackfantasies.jjelmquist.com/images/whelan/AsimovFoundation.JPG

    What an incredibly high creep factor. Oh, and nothing says “High-Concept Science Fiction” like a fossilized Hari Seldon in a Wheelchair. I went back home and borrowed my dad’s copy, with it’s slightly more charming artwork.

    Although in retrospect, once you read Foundation, you can’t help but think Whelan was making some sort of commentary about the story….

  12. Stevie T Says:

    It looks like this Good Show actually made it into orbit:

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/37996580417@N01/2986170166

    I think it’s interesting that Dr. Voss also opted for the original cover, not the Whelanized version.

    But that’s kind of cool. A cover here actually went into space….Good Show Sir Indeed!

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