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Aug 02

Hey, my eyes are up here! Faked you out!Click for full image

Carolyn Comments: Spectacle boobs on a vegetable man’s head and a fried egg on the right (or is that a sun?) – just what Arthur C Clarke ordered!

Published 1969

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: 8.30 out of 10)
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17 Responses to “The Other Side of the Sky”

  1. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    Clearly, the naked lady is on…

    THE OTHER SIDE OF THIS GUY

  2. Tom Noir Says:

    So they’ve turned Noted Science Fiction Author Arthur C. Clark into a potato with boobs for eyes.

    I’m sure he’d be flattered.

  3. fred Says:

    Let’s see John Barrowman cosplay that image at a Comic Con.

  4. THX 1138 Says:

    More like The Bother Side of the Sky.

  5. Francis Boyle Says:

    “Published 1969”

    Well, of course.

  6. Bibliomancer Says:

    “unknown artist”

    Well, of course.

  7. JuanPaul Says:

    Forget the other side of the sky, let’s see what’son the other side of glasses! *chortle*

  8. Anna T. Says:

    @fred: You win everything for that comment.

    I think I’ll stick with my own sunglasses instead of what that guy’s wearing. I mean, really, wearing part of a mannequin on your head? That is the epitome of bad and questionable taste.

  9. B. Chiclitz Says:

    Well I guess we know what’s on his mind.

  10. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    The bother is that there’s a whole field of those plants, and it’s come harvest time!

  11. Ray P Says:

    It’s amazing what scientists have done with genetically modified plants.

  12. GSS ex-noob Says:

    “spectacle boobs on a veggie man’s head… dum de dum de dum…

    ARTHUR’S SIDE OF SKYYY, WITH FRIED EGGS…..”

  13. A.R.Yngve Says:

    Too late, the artist realized he had mixed up the photos, and used Isaac Asimov’s face as model for the cover.

  14. Tat Wood Says:

    ‘My eyes are up here’.

    This is obviously the sequel to ‘Boxing Helena’ where the multiple amputee has a nose and mouth grafted onto her abdomen and has to pose in front of a Banksie.

  15. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @ARY: It’s fine — Asimov would have LOVED having naked boobs on his head (he had them on his mind a lot), and Clarke wouldn’t.

    @Tat: I dunno, this looks too weird even for Banksy.

  16. Bruce A Munro Says:

    @GSS ex-noob: as you say, naked women on the cover of an Arthur C Clarke short story collection leads to the thought “Have you got the _wrong_ SF writer, buddy!” No idea what the plant-head thing has to do with anything: perhaps human-veggie blends were considered an SF trope for a while and just lacked the staying power of robots and rocket ships? (We did have a jet pilot with a bouquet for a head a few weeks ago, IIRC)

    Can’t quite tell what’s going on with the Corgi in the logo: is it biting the hand that feeds it?

  17. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @Bruce: I think the Corgi is biting a book. Presumably it’s supposed to be fetching it for you, but it looks more like an illustration of what caused the damage to the upper right corner.

    I suppose in 1969, ACC’s orientation wasn’t widely known, and even if it was, it wouldn’t have mattered as this seems to be “generic surreal cover what indicates sci-fi” as taught at UAI. And it doubly wouldn’t have mattered since ACC didn’t have any sex in his stories, especially at that time. It was all manly men and super-science.

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