Dec 04

Well... here comes 100 years of horrific radiation poisoning.Click for full image

World gets destroyed by large alien disco balls firing lasers. Lasers that create nuclear explosions. Then we’ll have some women in a tight shirt, unbuttoned just enough to tease our readers. And like every other cover out there, she’ll be completely ignoring the fact that there is a mammoth nuclear explosion going off in the background. Women, eh?

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: 8.19 out of 10)

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19 Responses to “When the Devil Dances”

  1. CSA Says:

    The perspective is a little confusing, they really do look like disco balls. The beams coming from the one on the left are going to either side of the explosion, so either the disco ball is mega big or the explosion is mega small. It could just be because everything is in full focus, but it also somehow looks like the ball on the left is like right beside the chick getting a radiation tan.

    It looks pretty cheesy in general, but it is a Baen cover.

    And i know Weber is a very popular scifi/fantasy author (moreso in the states than UK i imagine), but does having a blurb “Marvelous” from him not really lose its meaning after you see it on 100+ books.

  2. Adam Roberts Says:

    I’d say When The Devil Dances is marginally better than Ringo’s first-choice title, Oh Dear, My Action-Heroine Has Rickets!

  3. SI Says:

    Well I think the Ringo and the Webber are possibly friends. They do plenty of books together.

    It isn’t quite as overpowering as over covers they/he has done. But it certainly has plenty of stuff going on there.

  4. Simon Says:

    It’s a Baen book – nuff said.

    If ever proof were needed of the UK and the US being two cultures divided by a common cover aesthetic (as I believe Churchill would almost certainly have said if he’d been in publishing rather than politics) you would only need to look at a Bean book.

    The type! It burns! It burns!
    The particular brand of hyper ‘realistic’ (yet hyper coloured and oddly peopled) artwork. It burns as well! It burns as well!

  5. Nix Says:

    She’s obviously an evil genius; the disco balls are under her command, and they’re doing this so we can *get a good photo*.

    Baen normally put Good Guys on their covers. I think this is misdirection. I mean, look how, ahem, *healthy* she looks: look how well coiffed she is and how clean her clothes are and how gleamy and high-tech her weapons. Then look at the surroundings. This is not an insurgent who’s been living in *that* postapocalyptic hell. No, no, this is an invader!

    The title is a clue, too, in hindsight: Hell hath no fury…

  6. SI Says:

    Excellent insight Nix. You’re right she does have the look of the devil around her. Who would go into a batttle wearing that top. As usual, not much support.

  7. Bibliomancer Says:

    There’s an H-bomb exploding BEHIND YOU!

  8. Tag Wizard Says:

    Cheers B! New category: casually walking away from an explosion

  9. Tom Noir Says:

    That was a pretty epic fart.

  10. A.R.Yngve Says:

    She’s four feet of midget mayhem — on a pilgrimage to DEATHLEHEM!

  11. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    What breaks my heart is that this was the original cover for The Handmaid’s Tale.

  12. B. Chiclitz Says:

    Which phrase best completes this sentence:

    When the Devil dances . . .

    a. the buttons on me shirt spontaneously pop.
    b. death-ray spouting disco balls come to life.
    c. marvelous David Weber joins him.
    d. all of the above
    e. none of the above

  13. Tom Noir Says:

    John Ringo covers are like shooting fish in a barrel, only the barrel is a NUCLEAR barrel and the fish are EXPLODING SPACE FISH and the gun is a pull quote about “THRILLING MILITARY SF!”

  14. THX 1138 Says:

    “What, just stand here? And hold the rifle? And then what?”

  15. A.R.Yngve Says:


  16. B. Chiclitz Says:

    @Tom Noir 9—it certainly impressed David Weber.

  17. A.R.Yngve Says:

    Imagine all the “tough-talking” tag lines they brainstormed when this cover was made:

    “When the Devil dances, tiny women do the RA-TA-TA-tango!”
    “What does not kill us, makes us SHORTER!”
    “She’s taking the Devil out to a disco INFERNO!”

  18. anon Says:

    John Paul
    “Weird love drama!” — V. Ebus

  19. Jon K. Says:

    Hm. I bet someone watched the “Live at the Royal Albert Hall” bit from “The Return of Spinal Tap.”

    I mean, really – who wouldn’t be inspired by David St. Hubbins’ recital “When the demon dances/When the Kraken wakes….”

    edit: OOps, didn’t see that the video I linked is the full version of “The Return of Spinal Tap”….

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