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It’s a Two-fer Tuesday – Borders of Infinity Showdown!

Mosquito Wenzi Comments: $1.99 Edition! That’s how much we spent on this cover art!

Good Show Sir Comments: Judo Hulk smash!

Published 1999, 2007

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: 7.88 out of 10)
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15 Responses to “Borders of Infinity”

  1. SI Says:

    The bottom one – Ah, all the dangers of inhaling helium.

  2. Francis Boyle Says:

    In the future 18-wheelers won’t have any wheels but they’ll still have turn signals (though apparently not headlights).

    On the other hand maybe space-truck did have wheels when Bruce (Brucella?) parked it, but this is a really bad neighbourhood and the guys in red stole them all, hence the hulk-out.

  3. fred Says:

    1) shuriken of desperation.

    2) And in the next moment Kirk drop kicks Mr Greenbelt.

  4. THX 1139 Says:

    1: “If you forgot your spacesuit, dear, how can you breathe?”

    2: “NO WE’RE NOT THERE YET! YOU SHOULD HAVE GONE BEFORE WE LEFT! AAARGH!”

  5. Tat Wood Says:

    1. The guy from ;The Status Civilisation’ got a job with a trapeze act http://www.goodshowsir.co.uk/?p=10836 but only after removing his spiky gloves.

    2. Some of the other acts rehearsed at Watford Gap Services.

  6. Tag Wizard Says:

    For your consideration: the cover art of the Polish edition.

  7. Bibliomancer Says:

    @Tag Wizard – My eyes! Trigger warning next time.

  8. David Van Domelen Says:

    The “Hulk” is Taura, she’s a genetically engineered supersoldier, 8 feet tall. I always figured her as something of a cat-person (well, lion-person), but apparently she’s more simian in appearance, so a “cat people” tag won’t be necessary.

  9. B. Chiclitz Says:

    Seems like for the Polish edition Lois called upon the services of her sister, Genevieve Bujold, to model for the cover.

  10. Raoul Says:

    What I learned today: in Polish the word for infinity (nieskonczonosci) in spelled with an infinite number of letters.

  11. JaunPaul Says:

    1. The border around the action doesn’t really communicate infinity.

    2. When you’re entire landing party is made up Ensign Smiths, this is bound to happen.

  12. GSS ex-noob Says:

    Poor Lois. These are really good books, but b/c BAEN!etc. etc. she gets terrible covers.

    The ones that are under her control, the ebooks, are minimalist.
    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07BF9HY58/ref=series_rw_dp_sw

    and this one also toned way, WAY down, with no people at all (the dome effect is on purpose)
    https://www.amazon.com/Borders-Infinity-Vorkosigan-Saga-ebook/dp/B004W9C440

    By the time she got to book 17, she finally managed to get the publishers to tone it down a bit to “only moderately ‘splodey for no reason”.
    https://www.amazon.com/Gentleman-Jole-Queen-Vorkosigan-Saga-ebook/dp/B01A9CDKDC

    (1) There’s the borders. Right there in red. No infinity, though. Also, what’s with the suit sans gloves and person sans gloves? Someone’s either overdressed or underdressed.

    (2) NESFA, a long-standing group, couldn’t get better art than that for a special edition? Why is it so green, for a barren and hellish POW camp? To contrast with the many redshirts? Why does Taura look like that? And was this book found in the wild?

    (3) Polish version: yikes. She would not be caught dead in that outfit. Or in part of it. Or within a light-year of it.

  13. GSS ex-noob Says:

    Oops. I put too many links in my comment. Shall patiently await TW or Admin pulling it out of the spam filter. Or sending it to Chinese GSS.

    Frankly, Admin owes us all for inflicting the Polish cover on us without an eye protection warning. I say we noogie him like in #2.

    The more I look at the palms of the hands in #1, the more disturbing they get.

  14. Anti-Sceptic Says:

    1. The hands confuse me.

    2. Midget wrestling…gone wild!

  15. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @A-S: I can’t figure out what the deal is with the fingers being set so far apart on the top hand. My fingers aren’t coming out of my palm that way. The husband held his hand up, fingers spread, and tried to match it. Nope.

    One would think the artist had a perfect model in front of him literally to hand. Is Mr. Ruddell different in anatomy than the rest of us?

    A blank stare was Mr. xn’s reaction to the Polish cover.

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