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Mar 21

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Mrs. McGillicuddy’s Art Direction: We need a cover fast. Paint something science-fictiony in the background of your self-portrait.

Published 1981

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: 8.71 out of 10)
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19 Responses to “Doomtime”

  1. THX 1138 Says:

    “We have troops to prevent photobombing, giant gherkin man!”

  2. fred Says:

    WTF is right. This book deserved an Emsh cover.
    https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/2190918.Doomtime

  3. JuanPaul Says:

    It looks like the tree would rather not get involved.

    Why are those men harrasing that poor Lima bean? I know we all hate Lima beans, but live and let live, I say.

  4. Lillie Awesome Says:

    @JuanPaul – clearly they’re fed up with it constantly showing off its one-handed pushup prowess. As one gets. I will say, though, that the man in the center of the fracas is not maximizing his spear’s HP potential running right up close like that.

  5. Tat Wood Says:

    Julian Pettifer’s award-winning undercover investigation of the cull on Barbapapa’s kids.

  6. Raoul Says:

    @JuanPaul – That must be a Green Giant lima bean. But he’s not so jolly.

  7. Bibliomancer Says:

    What is that ridiculous looking thing?
    And what’s going on in the background?

  8. Tor Mented Says:

    During a break in filming “Gone With the Wind,” Leslie Howard resolutely refuses to get involved in harassing Evil Mr. Potato Head.

  9. Anna T. Says:

    An arrogant, disproportionate man poses for a portrait as four soldiers desperately try to contain a giant lilypad/insect/lima bean hybrid that has suddenly appeared and began to menace the surrounding area. Did you see its teeth?

  10. GSS ex-noob Says:

    What is this I don’t even.

    I’m with @JuanPaul — why are the tiny people spearing the giant lima bean? Esp. since it seems to have lower back problems. Does it eat people in revenge for being disliked for generations? The (lack of) perspective seems to show that they are indeed tiny people compared to foreground dude.

    Who is the weird-looking dude? What’s the deal with the beehive homes/artificial caves/aqueducts/giant wall of ovens? And what, pray tell, are world trees? Giant stalks of broccoli as we see in the upper left?

    Is this a planet where people must struggle against overgrown sentient vegetables? Or have they wrongly invaded Jolly Green Giant Land and the veggies are simply defending their home? Ho ho ho.

  11. Tat Wood Says:

    ‘War of the World Trees’? Ygdrassil vs Brian Aldiss’s banyan? How long would that take?

  12. Bruce A Munro Says:

    Is the hairy-backed pickle man pro or anti tree?

  13. Bibliomancer Says:

    The War of the World Trees: Hot Fauna on Flora Action

  14. Tor Mented Says:

    The comments were particularly good today. GSS to all.
    I’d love to see a “photo-bombing lima bean” tag.
    I looked up Doris Piserchia. Here is a bit of trivia. She has not published any work since 1983, but she had a story accepted to Harlan Ellison’s notoriously unreleased “The Last Dangerous Visions” anthology.

  15. Anti-Sceptic Says:

    Clint Eastwood is sad at the harassment the poor lima bean is receiving.

  16. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @Tor: Her Wiki entry said she quit writing to raise her grandchild, but the kid’s like 35 now, so I guess she just plain quit.

    Also, the Wiki entry for LDV has a footnote to a delightful Christopher Priest takedown of the thing. Sadly, he’s now gone all the way to Old Man Yelling At Clouds, but 20-30 years ago he was just moderately snarky. And the GRRM comments/parallels are… predictive.

  17. Tracy Says:

    An elder David Bowie reflects back on his Space Oddity days, when giant pickles sawed through huge blocks of concrete and Hobbits still lived in the hills.

  18. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @Tracy: applause perfect. This cover certainly is several space oddities.

  19. RachelJ Says:

    @fred. Ah yes. The moment I saw the author’s name, I myself, “From what I hear of this Piserchia, the cover’s probably not more than 10% as weird as the book”.

    Yup.

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