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Feb 15

Even a man on fire can't interest her!Click for slightly larger image

Raj Comments: I especially like the transparent robot woman with the spiral breasts on this one.
Published 1962

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: 6.42 out of 10)
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10 Responses to “Citizen in Space”

  1. Tat Wood Says:

    Call me a party-pooper, but this has a sort of Blue Note/ Columbia Jazz Masters album-cover look that’s sort of appropriate for the contents. Even the font-calamity is what was in vogue for magazine-covers and posters you’d get on the tube in 1962. It’s dated, but it was exactly what the book needed when it was put out on sale.

  2. THX 1138 Says:

    Just the thing to be seen reading in your local beatnik nightclub. I can almost hear the bongos.

  3. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    If you squint at it just right, the purple background turns into P!nk riding on a giraffe.

  4. FearofMusic Says:

    Mannn…I don’t think those were portobello mushrooms we just ate. Oooh, but the colors! Groovy daddy-o!

  5. Michael Toland Says:

    This kind of cover would get me to pick up the book.

  6. Adam Roberts Says:

    Is the skeleton man in the spaghetti-skirt in the background on fire?

    (Now, that’s not a sentence I could see myself writing in any other context than a Good Show Sir comment thread.)

  7. fred Says:

    I believe this is the first time in my life I have seen the word “promptly” on the front cover of a sf/fantasy book. Thank you NY Herald Tribune. Upside down birds head at the top?

  8. Linden Says:

    I hope Mr. Sheckley stuck the landing after that vault.

  9. Tat Wood Says:

    Sheckley got off lightly with this cover. The first run http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Sheckley-citizen-in-space-cover.jpg was so appalling I can understand how Douglas Adams was sufficiently traumatised to have repressed all memory of reading ‘Ask A Foolish Question’ or any of the others he, um, ‘homaged’.

  10. A.R.Yngve Says:

    Imagine a Damien Hirst version, with little diamonds glued onto the page…

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