Jul 27

With a long enough arm he could reach into a man's brian ... through his ass!
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GSS ex-noob Comments: Editor’s 12 year old: See, he’s got a long arm, and he smokes, and it’s in spaaace!

Published 1979

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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: 7.35 out of 10)

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24 Responses to “The Long Arm of Gil Hamilton”

  1. THX 1138 Says:

    1970s late night discussion TV shows: the novel. This week: OPEC!

  2. Bibliomancer Says:

    Ryan Reynolds, in his greatest role, playing Ryan Gosling playing Gil Hamilton

  3. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    You can’t see it, because the cover’s cropped, but he’s seated on the Long Ram of Gil Hamilton.

  4. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    His hair looks like something left untouched at a potluck luncheon.

  5. Iluvm Says:

    Gill Hamilton reach into the brain and find out the truth before killing your friend. Don’t use your long arm to choke them

  6. JuanPaul Says:

    This is actually the coolest cover ever. We all just aren’t cool enough to get it.

  7. B. Chiclitz Says:

    The long face of Gil Hamilton’s more like it.

  8. Tom Noir Says:

    Alt Text: “With a long enough arm he could reach into a man’s brian… through his ass!”

    HEY HEY HEY. You don’t touch a man’s brian!

  9. fred Says:

    I’ll leave the ‘short arm inspection’ quip for somebody who really wants to go there.

  10. B. Chiclitz Says:

    It’s hard to make out, but I think his shirt reads: “Any literary merit is purely accidental.”

  11. Tat Wood Says:

    I can never remember, is this Beavis or Butthead?

  12. Anna T. Says:

    He’s so cool, he’s wearing a shirt with one sleeve longer than the other, and has an inexplicable rash on the back of his left hand. And yet, both his arms are the same length!

  13. Bibliomancer Says:

    Best I can make it out, that T-shirt reads “I’m with stupid” with an arrow pointing to the artist signature.

  14. B. Chiclitz Says:

    @Bibliomancer—Maybe it reads: “Why the Long Face? Ask me!”

  15. Iluvm Says:

    Why the long and angry Face? Isn’t yellow a strange color for hair?Did that spinning saturan skilled yellow on your hair and tshirt?

  16. GSS ex-noob Says:

    FINALLY, my sufferings during the festive season are rewarded! Although I’m sad it only rates a 7.00.

    I do apologize for the bad quality photo. I have a non-smartphone. Not that it matters much with this cover. See here.

    I couldn’t make out what the added handwriting on the cover said at the time, but I thought it gave more WTF (who inscribes a gift book on the COVER?).

    Planets! Futuristic computer font! Wild colors!

    This cover, I’ll bet, was described as groovy and far-out.

    Your comments are spot-on and better than what I thought when looking at it. Thanks, all.

    I’ve read this book, and looked at the two covers here, and I don’t recall any talk in the book about him having odd head-coverings or a lack of fashion sense. He’s a plainclothes cop.

  17. Tag Wizard Says:

    @GSSXN – Nobody commented on the fact that there are links to TWO different covers on the post. One to a blowup of the cover with the gift inscription. One to a more hi-res clean cover. (BTW my original email was to ask if you could reshoot the cover but I decided looking through the old submissions that the mystery t-shirt was worthy of a post in and of itself).

  18. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @TW: 99% sure the word was “Resemblance” (yes, inappropriate caps) and the 3rd line was completely illegible after years of kicking around.

    And yet they still want two bucks for it.

    I looked inside and there was no inscription on the inside cover, title page, or any of the usual spots.

    If I get back there and they still have it, I’ll try again. By now it might have been recycled, or packaged up in a “Take these 20 books for $3, PLEASE!” deal.

  19. Alessandra Kelley Says:

    If it were not for that “futuristic” typeface, this would not be identifiable as a science fiction book.

  20. Bibliomancer Says:

    @Alessandra – I believe that font is called Check Routing Number

  21. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @B’mancer: If it isn’t, it ought to be. That’s the only place it’s ever used nowadays. Of course, in 1979, it fairly screamed “FUTURE!”

    But the “art” and title could just as easily be for any genre: politics, noir, some sort of jet-setting cool guy, an angsty young man on a roadtrip of self-discovery.

    @Alessandra: I guess the ringed planet is a nod to SF as well.

  22. THX 1138 Says:

    @GSSxn #21: This could only be SF because the man on the cover – he has a transparent arm! Aieee!!!

  23. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @THX: Could be fantasy or horror; might be a ghost arm. Transparent arm + ringed planet = SF.

  24. A.R.Yngve Says:

    I just can’t fathom that in the year 1979, the publishers were unable to find an artist capable of drawing A FRICKIN’ PLANET.

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