@Phil: a quick visit to NASA’s web site has assured me that our Sun–a middle-sized star–contains 99% of the matter in the Solar System. But every single second, it annihilates 4 million tonnes of that matter and turns it into FIRE. So yes, I would say that ‘bold as the stars’ is a clunky but passable simile.
@Tag Wizard — After clicking the “man-blouse” tag and seeing it only currently used on two book covers, I submit the proposal that it be renamed the “puffy shirt” tag. I am sure that more cover examples will follow.
BTW, the original puffy shirt is enshrined in the Smithsonian National Museum of American History in Washington.
Prescience or plagiarism? Did Alexey Pajitnov ever see this cover? This book came out four years before the original version of Tetris, and yet, there behind the vacuos looking sailor’s back, what do we see?
Eh, he looks like one of the magicians that used to be on TV in the 1980s – David Copperfield I think it was. “Watch as this lovely rose floats above my hand.” (Wiggles fingers to show rose is floating.)
Who knew cover artist Charles Moll had a competitor for top prize in the “most unappealing depiction of human flesh” category? Yikes. (How sad, for me, that this is the only edition of this book by one of my half-dozen favorite SF authors.)
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