@Deadstuff: http://people.uncw.edu/smithms/F-series/F-261.JPG This is the middle of a trilogy by Delany, who had to finish his paper-round and do his homework before writing a stand-alone novel the following week. The other two volumes got similarly rough handling http://people.uncw.edu/smithms/F-series/F-199.jpg by Jack Gaughan those two times, instead of getting Emshed. Delany later mischieviously dedicated his wilfully un-illustratable ‘The Einstein Intersection’ to Gaughan ‘for what is without’. The other dedicatee is the guy who lopped 1/3 out of each book in that trilogy.
Yesterday floating in the air,
I met a woman who wasn’t there,
She wasn’t there again today,
I wish her clothes would go away.
“Look,” he says, “I know it’s crazy, I know it’ll never work out. I mean, I am an incredibly unattractive cybernetic organism and you are an invisible woman with a penchant for dressing like Zsa Zsa Gabor…but can’t we give it a shot?”
“No. No.” she replied,”And who is this John Connor you keep asking me about?”
Unknown artist, you say? Look at the guy’s jawbone, and you will see inscribed there “Emsh”. It’s by Ed Emschwiller. Genius artist. This is one of those good-bad covers: beautifully executed, but totally crackers.