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Apr 28

Luckily that well placed hand is covering 'His Big One!Click for full image

Ouranou Comments: Cat people.

It sure is, it sure is! Cheers to Ouranou!

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: 7.58 out of 10)
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26 Responses to “The Avatar”

  1. SI Says:

    “I’ll take that kitten in the window, the one with six arms, muscle bound chest and the seventies hair do!”

  2. Adam Roberts Says:

    “So, how are you thinking of marketing my new novel?’

    ‘Our plan is to go up to people and scream “IT’S HIS BIG ONE!!” at them. Cast-iron plan, that.’

  3. Adam Roberts Says:

    My favourite bit of this cover: the wallpaper in the background. If I could buy a few rolls of that, I’d do my bedroom in it. Course, my wife wouldn’t be happy.

  4. SophaLoaf Says:

    Looks to me like the HUGE 70s hair kitty, along the Hans Solo and Princess Lea wanna-be’s, is terrified by “his big one”…whatever that means… Apparently he just whipped it out and the three on the cover are crouching is disbelief and terror.

  5. Nix Says:

    Why didn’t I think to submit this? Everything is wrong. The artwork is appalling and manages to look photoshopped even though it was printed in the late seventies. Even the blurb is wrong: far from being a ‘long-awaited masterpiece’ it’s a never-reprinted forgettable lump, notable mostly for an interesting FTL drive (Tipler cylinders) and for Anderson letting his inner skald out to play a bit.

  6. James Lovegrove Says:

    Bit cruel, calling it a “long-awaited masterpiece”.

    Poul Anderson: “What about all my previous other books?”

    Publisher: “Oh, they weren’t masterpieces. We’ve been hanging on for twenty years for you to produce something worth calling that.”

    Poul Anderson: *sobs*

  7. CSA Says:

    lol that cover is awesome. Look at the bulge down the trouser leg of the dude

  8. SI Says:

    CSA> Wow… His big one!

  9. CSA Says:

    i’d say its his long a’ weighted

  10. Don Hilliard Says:

    Artist on this one is Greg Theakston, for the tags.

    And the guy with the suspicious bulge is Steve Holland, who modeled for an insane number of paperback covers for a couple of decades (most notably the Bantam DOC SAVAGE reprints in the ’60s & ’70s.)

  11. blodeuedd Says:

    What more can I say..I love this site 😀
    The bad covers makes me laugh and cringe

  12. SI Says:

    Thanks for the info Don! We’ve changed that now 🙂

    Welcome aboard blodeuedd! 🙂

  13. LP Says:

    Man in macho crouch pose with gun: “Run sweetcheeks! I got you covered!”
    Woman already in running away pose: “I’m just a woman in heels so I’ll just assume there’s nothing behind us and start running!”

  14. mjfgates Says:

    iirc, those are actually the major characters in the book. So it’s not a TOTAL fail.

    Admittedly, posing them like the opening credits from “Charlie’s Angels” is an interesting design decision.

  15. tyrone Says:

    Is that Roy Scheider with the flashlight on his belt? I always liked Roy Scheider.

    The author’s name is really “Poul”? Ouch.

  16. Counter Culture Clown Says:

    Is the main character by any chance a space handyman? I don’t know if he should be pulling a space pistol out of that belt or a measuring tape. What space-aged hero wears Lee jeans? :\

  17. Mat T Says:

    Or a Space Janitor. Who appears to be firing Space Thing’s penis in a bid to protect Space Drama Teacher.

  18. Alessandra Kelley Says:

    It looks so 1980 to my eyes. Further surrealism: that guy wearing the colors and clothing style of my local police.

    Is this one of those wacky mismatched cop buddy comedies?

  19. Stevie T Says:

    Hmmm, maybe Poul Anderson should sue James Cameron. After all, it would appear that Anderson’s book had giant, brown, cat-like people with tails, whearas Cameron’s movie had giant, blue, cat-like people with tails, but it seems a minor change…..Especially since Cameron forced a television show, that had been on for three years (and had nothing even similar to his movie), to change it’s name, claiming that he had already copyrighted “Avatar” several months before the show was produced. Seems someone else copyrighted it even sooner.

  20. Anna T. Says:

    The woman’s spine is broken. She’s really not in any position to be running anywhere. And the man’s bulge makes me thing he’s likely going commando. And Catman’s clearly dancing. Yeah, it would seem that “Charlie’s Angels” was indeed something of an inspiration for this cover. Along with “Star Wars”.

  21. A.R.Yngve Says:

    “Poul, dear, what are you doing in the bathroom?”
    ” [*groan*] My big one!”

  22. GSS noob Says:

    It’s Agent Scully in Han Solo’s outfit, wondering why, wondering where she is, wondering where Mulder is, wondering why the janitor is packing heat.
    (The giant cat person, she’s “whatever”. She’s used to those kinds of things.)

  23. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    @GSS Agent: I remember the X Files. And in season one, even if there was a bloody great cat person with pectorals the size of Persia standing not a metre from her, Scully WOULD miss it!

  24. GSS noob Says:

    Nowadays, she’d be “giant mancat, yeah, fine, who’s shooting? And why have I been abducted again, I thought that was Mulder’s job!”

  25. Tom Noir Says:

    C’mon. Nobody wants to see Poul Anderson’s “big one.”

  26. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @Tom: Poul died in 2001, so yeah.

    While I am/was slightly acquainted with him and his wife, I never wanted to ask the Mrs. about his “big one” (Although they did have a daughter). We had a delightful schadenfreude chortle about the failure of the “Battlefield Earth” movie (Poul knew LRH before the “religion”; the story about him betting the other SF writers he was going to make money with a cult is true).

    I always enjoyed talking to him at cons. Interesting guy. I was out of town during the funeral so couldn’t attend.

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