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Sep 28

Engineers... great at engineering... terrible at designing!Click for full image

Billy Awesome Comments: Mescaline binge meets community college art exhibit.
Published 1970

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: 7.44 out of 10)
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20 Responses to “Cosmic Engineers”

  1. A.R.Yngve Says:

    Trust me, within the next two years “Commedia Dell’Arte” will be a new “identity” on American campuses — with “Harlequin Awareness Seminars”, “Celebrate Your Inner Harlequin” courses, “Pulchinella Safe Spaces” and whatnot…

  2. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    This is what happens when the robot comes too naked.

  3. THX 1138 Says:

    Episode VIII: Disco Vader.

  4. JuanPaul Says:

    Cosmic engineers dress just as badly ad Earthly engineers.

  5. fred Says:

    Simak rode a horse to High School for four years, five miles each way. This fact may have possibly been Cosmically Engineered by Mr. Simak.
    http://www.philsp.com/articles/images/Simak_Thrilling_Wonder_Stories_193906-RS_085_cropped.jpg

  6. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    For those of you who missed Monday’s presidential debate, it will be replayed Wednesday afternoon, on a book cover.

  7. B. Chiclitz Says:

    It took a cosmic engineer to make them walk like men.

  8. B. Chiclitz Says:

    Forget about the “face in tree” meme, there’s a “face in groin” on this cover. Nnyyaahhh . . . .

  9. Bibliomancer Says:

    About time we added a “people in bottles” tag.

  10. Tat Wood Says:

    Not so much engineering as architecture: Sr Richard Rogers’ ‘inside-out’ approach to skyscrapers applied to people. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lloyd%27s_building

    Poor Clifford! So many terrible covers (especially French).

  11. Anna T. Says:

    Cthulhu hits the dance floor.

  12. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    @Anna: you see a dance floor, I see intricately-planted row crops being vandalised by a giant.

  13. Tag Wizard Says:

    @Bibliomancer – Sure, why not. Send me some links for tagging.

  14. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    @TW: Does A Tale of Two Clocks count?

  15. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    Also: Lethe

  16. Tat Wood Says:

    A few minutes’ looking reveals a few more candidates
    http://www.goodshowsir.co.uk/?p=8814
    http://www.goodshowsir.co.uk/?p=6092
    http://www.goodshowsir.co.uk/?p=8746
    http://www.goodshowsir.co.uk/?p=4153
    http://www.goodshowsir.co.uk/?p=141
    http://www.goodshowsir.co.uk/?p=11639
    and maybe
    http://www.goodshowsir.co.uk/?p=3798 although the people are outside the bottle and it’s implied that the thing in it is a city.

  17. Anna T. Says:

    She looks more like she’s just been beamed down from a flying saucer.

  18. HappyBookworm Says:

    Ooh, a novel with enough thrills for five sequels! (If I believe the tag line…) Do said sequels exist, or is there just a high enough thrill-quotient that one could write five sequels if one wanted to?

  19. Tat Wood Says:

    @HappyBookworm: Clifford Simak had too much self-respect and imagination to bother with franchising himself, unless it was a short story that had the legs to become a book. Other writers have taken ideas from his works and built whole careers on them so I don’t doubt that five unofficial ‘sequels’ exist, just as his throwaway notion of a Time War (‘Time And Again’, based on stories he wrote c.1950) has been milked by everyone and his dog.

    Third generation photocopies of ‘Cosmic Engineers’ have shown up on this very site, often by Jack L Chalker.

  20. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    ‘Sorry, no, not sequels. Seconds.’
    –Amazing Stories

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