Apr 11

I'm sure this has something to do with the story.... right?Click for full image

Frank Comments: And here we have today’s art cover.
Published 1973

Actually, that cover IS a classical work of art!I would touch it without protective gloves.I've seen worse. Far, far, worse.Interesting, but I would still read it in public.Middlng: Neither awful nor awfully goodWould not like to be seen reading that!Awful... just awful...That belongs in a gold-lame picture frame!Gah... my eyes are burning! Feels so good!Good Show Sir! (Average: 4.76 out of 10)

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28 Responses to “An Alien Heat”

  1. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    I’m so glad I signed up for GSS After Dark! There’s mammaries all over today’s cover, for a LOW, LOW Β£3!

  2. THX 1138 Says:

    An Alien Sink Plunger.

  3. Ray P Says:

    Where is Rolf Harris?

  4. THX 1138 Says:

    No, wait, I see what this is, it’s actually VERY APPROPRIATE: one of those librarian’s book stamps to let you know when it’s due back at the library.

  5. Ikari Gendo Says:

    If a brush stands up like that, they’re going to have to soak it in turpentine for a couple days to even start cleaning it.

  6. THX 1138 Says:

    @ Ray P: Don’t make us sad.

  7. Bibliomancer Says:

    It’s a Michael Moorcock paperback. A bad cover practically paints itself.

  8. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    So, is the streak of paint in the foreground supposed to combine with the shadow cast by the brush and make a human silhouette?

  9. fred Says:

    Most people see a paintbrush, while I see a pack of cigarettes impaled to the ground with a butter knife.

  10. Francis Boyle Says:

    It’s the seventies, someone had the chance to paint a bejeweled, flying steam locomotive and they chose this instead. Some things are truly beyond comprehension.

  11. Bibliomancer Says:

    Of course this cover currently has a rating of “1”

    It’s the equivalent of watching paint dry.

  12. B. Chiclitz Says:

    At some point in this copy’s history some frustrated reader had enough and simply busted a cap on this cover, leaving a neat bullet hole in the upper right corner.

    “You want Alien Heat? I’ll show you alien heat. Hot lead.”

  13. Tat Wood Says:

    So if the sun’s setting just slightly to the right of the end of the painting but the shadow of the paintbrush is pointing almost due left, what’s creating the shadow?

    That’s not as big a mystery as how anyone can read this book and think ‘paintbrush at sunset’.

  14. Bibliomancer Says:

    @Tat Wood – Why of course it is the “alien” sun that is casting the odd shadow. We are not limited to one sunset on this planet.

  15. Tat Wood Says:

    @Bibliomancer: yes we are, it’s Earth at the end of time. Sort of the point of the book.

  16. Anna T. Says:

    This strikes me as some sort of weird avant-garde art project – “Painting an Entire Planet with a Giant Paintbrush”. Capische?

  17. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    @Tat, B’mancer: maybe that’s a black hole in the sky at upper right, and it’s bending the light just so so that the shadow is coming from the wrong direction. Future earth, itinerate black holes, that sort of thing.

  18. SI Says:

    After becoming the invisible man, all he had was his post modern art.

  19. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:


  20. misterbob Says:

    Where is Rolf Harris when you need him …

  21. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    @misterbob: post #3.

  22. misterbob Says:

    Must get new glasses !

  23. A.R.Yngve Says:

    “You come back here and FINISH painting that cover! Or you won’t get paid, you hear?? Crap… deadline’s shot already. Just take a picture of the damn brush and send it to the printer. I’m off to the pub…”

  24. HappyBookworm Says:

    @ B. Chiclitz – Thanks for pointing out the hole punch; I hadn’t noticed at first. When I saw it, it reminded me of those holes that come in The Farmer’s Almanac. You know, so you can hang the book up on a string and consult it daily? Although the hole is usually in the spine side so you don’t tie the book CLOSED…

    @DSWBT – Let’s go with your black hole theory.

  25. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:



    I’m probably not the first person to make that joke, and I probably shan’t be the last.

  26. B. Chiclitz Says:

    @DSWBTβ€”Perhaps the first person willing to put one’s name to it?

    I’ve been trying to work some variation on the “More Cowbell” theme, but so far unsuccessfully.

  27. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    @BC: then stop playing around with it! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  28. Ray P Says:

    On the alien cock: highly appropriate given how the book tells the story of an odd romance between a sybaritic libertine from the far-future and a primly moral Edwardian English lady.

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