Mar 05

Well, we fired the baby at them. Do we have any more? No? Time to surrender.Click for full image

Tom Noir Comments:
“Our toddlers will blot out the sun!”
“Then we will fight in the shade!”
Published 1998

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: 8.85 out of 10)

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20 Responses to “Fox and Empire”

  1. Tat Wood Says:

    Whatever’s on the underside of beardy-man’s shield most be truly horrifying to distract him from Mannekin Pis floating nearby.

    A mirror, perhaps?

  2. Jeff Vader Says:

    When the barbarian hordes started loading their catapults with chubby, baroque babies even the battle-hardened soldiers of the XII legion lost their resolve.

  3. Phil Says:

    How…long…do you think I can keep this… baby… up…in.. the air…by bouncing him up….with….my shield?

    And how…long…before he…vomits?

  4. Adam Roberts Says:

    Oh dear god.

  5. SI Says:

    Even the horse is horrified…

  6. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    ‘…an Ah hit the bay-bee so hard wit mah shield, a Baen symbol went flyin’ outta his butt!’

  7. JC Superstar Says:

    Are those white marks by the baby’s butt just scratches in the cover, or is that chemical warfare?

  8. rev Says:

    Is this Chief Vitalstatistix as a boy?

  9. THX 1138 Says:

    This is the perfect embarrassing baby photo the kid’s mother can bring out to show all and sundry in twenty years’ time. In fact, it’s embarrassing now.

  10. L.B. Says:

    To the right there’s what appears to be an escaping soldier (dude in blue). I thought he threw the Baen logo behind him like a grenade or a bomb as he made his escape. Maybe it’s a weapon of mass execration.

  11. Bob Says:

    Following the baby bombardment, will be a fusillade of fairest young maidens.

  12. fred Says:

    “No. I am your father.”

  13. B. Chiclitz Says:

    “Hey, you no make pee-pee on my new shield!”

    Looks like something Caravaggio might have painted, had he been insane.

  14. Bibliomancer Says:

    Baen had the cherub painted onto the cover to appeal to Turtledove’s sizable teenage-unwed-mother reader demographic.

  15. A.R.Yngve Says:

    Asterix And The Floating Baby

  16. Stevie T Says:

    The charioteers look truly horrified at the idea that Flying Baby is about to take a leak in their general direction. I suppose I would be terrified too, if just prior he had pooped a Baen logo out. Or maybe the Baen logo is what they’re truly afraid of….

    I love how the archer (and the massing hordes behind him) doesn’t even look surprised, like he sees this sort of thing every day.

  17. Stevie T Says:

    And what sort of tagline is “The Empire: It’s Baaack….”?

    Because, of course, the Roman Empire was such a hoot the first time around, right?

  18. Tat Wood Says:

    @Stevie T: Maybe it’s the re-opening of the Hackney Empire they’re talking about it, and the cover depicts Griff Rhys Jones’ deep-rooted fears.

  19. A.R.Yngve Says:

    Was this the cruel Roman equivalent of the Chinese Juggler?

  20. Ian Says:

    Laughing so hard because the “hunkbutt” tag is used on this one. Good one GSS.

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