And Gordon R. Dickson, what are you trying to say? It’s unrivalled by anything else in the class it is in, on account of being the only thing in that class? So it’s the best Odyssey by Keith Laumer because it’s the ONLY Odyssey by Keith Laumer? Hmm.
I hate to be a pedant, but that blurb makes no sense. The book cannot logically be ‘in its class [with other books]‘ AND ‘in a class by itself’. If it is the latter, as the blurb implies, then OF COURSE it is unrivalled. Gordon R Dickson’s grasp of logical categories disappoints me.
Judging by the look on the man’s face, he’s not running in fear from the T Rex – he’s the big guy’s personal trainer. “Hey! Trainer! You listening? When do we head back to ‘The Gym On The Rock’? Me hungry!”
I rather like the spatial distortion effect of the portal that has brought him to the past. Too bad the distortion appears to be permanently applied to his trousers! I mean seriously, dude, you need to stop by the Dino Mall and pick up a pair a couple sizes smaller.
“Well this way, no one will know if a T-Rex jumps out and makes me wet myself.”
Hmmm….I agree with the others, that is the worst blurb i have seen on any book. Oh its in a class by itself all right, its called “the reduced bin!”.
1. Why is Alec Baldwin casually jogging from the dino?
2. Why is Luis Figo leaving massive gouges in the sand and the dino leaving nothing? Is he a ninja T-Rex? Now THERE is a story, Ninja T-Rex the Time Stalker!!
3. OH its green Yoshi, he is my favourite.
4. Where is Yoshi other arm?
5. Somewhere glowy and fuzzy Homer is facepalming himself….
I posit that the cover blurb is Gordon R. DIckson’s sly way of telling the reader that this book is absolutely terrible. He was probably under some contractual obligation to provide a blurb, and all the others he sent over (such as “To call this book terrible is to insult terrible books everywhere!” and “READER: STAY AWAY”) were rejected by the publisher. So he had to get a bit more clever.
“Oh yes, it’s unrivaled. And, coincidentally, it’s in a class of it’s own! There, that should satisfy them; the intelligent reader will catch on immediately. No fear of the publisher catching on, either…”
“Edited and compiled by Eric Flint”
Scattered remarks on the internets lead me to believe that “Edited by Eric Flint” really means “Substantially re-written by Eric Flint, and not necessarily to the benefit of the original author.”
The blurb originally appeared on the front cover of the DAW edition of Dinosaur Beach, but without the comma after “unrivalled.” Not that it made any more sense that way. I suspect Dickson originally wrote, “Not only unrivalled in its class, but in a class by itself.” But the DAW editor moved “unrivalled” to the start of the sentence for immediate impact, and the Baen editor added the comma to give it even more impact. Still odd, though, that Minnesotan Dickson used the British double-L spelling.
@ David Cowie, from my research, most of Flint’s editing has involved minor corrections – misspellings, punctuation mistakes, etc. But yes, it seems he has also committed a few instances of mutilation. Like changing the characters’ names in a stand-alone story to make it fit into a cycle of Schmitz stories. Plus, he was under orders from Baen to “update the language” in their reissues – getting rid of outdated slang, censoring references to smoking, etc. Or so it’s been claimed.