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Ironically for a book taking sex to the max... Space Sheep isn't needed for censoring!Click for full image

Vincent Comments: To be fair, the cover blurb says that it is “different” and judging by the illustration, which I cannot even comprehend, I think that’s very fair.
Published 1969

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: 8.07 out of 10)
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16 Responses to “Sexmax”

  1. Adam Roberts Says:

    I believe that was the original design for the Jules Rimet trophy.

  2. Tat Wood Says:

    The bicycle-and-cake device at the bottom seems to be knitting the hunk holding the green vase.
    So ‘Sexmax’ is reproduction by Heath Robinson devices that make multiple copies of Noosha Fox and the bloke from the Cillit Bang advert.

  3. A.R.Yngve Says:

    SEXMAX – the sequel to MAD MAX.
    Mel Gibson like you’ve never seen him before!

  4. Phil Says:

    Is it a variation on this kind of thing? http://tinyurl.com/qddwc8k

    At first, I thought it was an annual. For a dirty magazine called SEXMAG. And Hughes Cooper sounds like an accountancy firm, or a rival to Freeman Hardy Willis.

  5. Darren T Says:

    Another brilliant piece of subliminal advertising by the Absinthe Marketing Board.

  6. THX 1138 Says:

    Lionel Stander’s biography was not what anyone was expecting.

  7. Tom Noir Says:

    What are those green things everyone is holding? Are they parakeets? Is this dude sculpting green parakeets and passing them out to floating women?

    That reminds me, I need to go to the bank.

  8. Bibliomancer Says:

    @Tat Wood — Well cheerio mate, if you want to keep us Yanks from enjoying the joke you’re doing a bloody good show!

    From goodreads: The plot deals with a benevolent future government that provides any man who lives until the age of fifty with a period of state-sponsored sexual license: Sexmax. Meanwhile, widows are assigned their own computer-matched sex partners.

    I guess the widows get government-funded eHarmony accounts because all the old dudes got Sexmaxed to death before 50.

    Anyway, since Brave New World and 1984 were both takeoffs of Zamyatin’s We I can assume that Sexmax here is neither very different nor original.

  9. B. Chiclitz Says:

    Though I must say the ribbon-dangling-from-the-navel thing takes the idea of the “Brazilian Landing Strip” to a whole new level.

  10. Calabanos Says:

    Has to be one of my favorite illustrators from the period. I’ve been slowly collecting all of the covers Foster did for Pohl

  11. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    @Biblio: ‘sexual license’? Is that like a motorist’s license? ‘Well, I can do missionary, but there’s a thirty-day grace period before I can file to test for reverse wheelbarrow.’

    And how on Earth is that considered ‘benevolent’? Think of the washrooms! Think of the tissues! Think of the–wait. Don’t.

  12. fred Says:

    Replace ‘different’ with ‘gingy’.

  13. Tat Wood Says:

    @Bibliomancer: in the age of online, it’s easy to investigate and broaden your horizons. It’s what we’ve had to do when watching imported television and films made by and for parochial Americans. When ‘Sesame Street’ was first shown on LWT they had to explain most of what people were saying in a five-minute slot afterwards. ‘Quarters’, ‘sidewalks’, ‘junebugs’… it was more foreign than the Czech cartoons and Yugoslav film series we got shovelled onto us in summer.(‘Gilligan’s Island’, on the other hand, never aired in the UK so try to imagine how perplexing all the endless references to that in Pynchon and pop culture seem.) You might want to look up what ‘cheerio’ means while you’re at it. Don’t think walls, think bridges.

    Back to the cover… the Moon seems to be orbiting the Moon.

  14. B. Chiclitz Says:

    @Tat13—well put; and while I’m here, on behalf of the Bibliomancer, I’ll think “bridges,” Lloyd Bridges to be exact, star of Sea Hunt, underwater detective who constantly had to endure his air hose getting slashed by evil smugglers and such. Just another piece of good bad Yank TV you all no doubt had foisted upon you during your tender years. There may well be a reference to the show somewhere in Pynchon, so I just figured, why not be helpful? At any rate, Bridges, fictional, metaphoric and literal, should indeed be today’s Sesame Street theme.

  15. Tag Wizard Says:

    Are you being discriminatory, fred?

  16. Bibliomancer Says:

    @Tat Wood — You post a funny comment. I post a funny comment. No offense (offence?) intended.

    BTW, I read the whole December 1944 archives of The Times so I could understand Pynchon’s wartime London references in Beyond the Zero. Apparently he lifted half of it from newspaper advertisements.

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