Jun 30

I find this frightening....Click for full image

Dahne Comments: I haven’t read the title story, so it is possible that before writing epic deconstructions of swords-and-knights fantasy, George R.R. Martin wrote about flying swarms of disembodied sexy lips invading from across the ocean. You really can’t pigeonhole the guy.
Published 1976

Marvelous! Thanks to Dahne.

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: 6.82 out of 10)

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19 Responses to “A Song for Lya”

  1. A.R.Yngve Says:

    Now, in this case I have to respectfully disagree: this isn’t really a “bad” cover. I can see originality, surrealism, and a certain disturbing quality — all of which I approve of.

    And it does remind me of this Prodigy video:

  2. Ian Sales Says:

    The artist was clearly a fan of Blue รƒโ€“yster Cult – there’s a track called “Lips in the Hills” on their Cultosaurus Erectus album.

  3. cutmanmike Says:

    I gotta admit, I think this cover is kinda creepy and cool

  4. James Lovegrove Says:

    “No one would have believed in the last years of the nineteenth century that this world was being watched keenly and closely by intelligences greater than man’s… Because they’d disguised their flying saucers as big friendly lady-lips.”

  5. jesi Says:

    wow i was just about to go to bed and read some george r.r. martin when i decided to check this first… wtf. i love the guy, im working through the song of fire and ice series [his titles are kind of dumb, ill give you that], but… something went very, very wrong with the art direction of this cover. but hey… no cat people!

  6. SI Says:


    I agree that I think this cover is brilliant. It would definitely get you good looks in public though.

    Why are the front lips smiling but the rest are just going for the botox look.

  7. SophaLoaf Says:

    The A Song for Lya must be within the same vein as the opening number for The Rocky Horror Picture Show

  8. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    Maybe the title was supposed to be “ANY ORAL FOGS?” but they screwed up the order of the letters.

  9. SI Says:

    It’s either a dentists nightmare or wet dream:

    “NOOOO so many mouths to look at.”


    “Ahhhh all perfect.. no fillings here…”

  10. DeadRobot Says:

    I, for one, don’t care for the fanboys and fangirls from the Rocky Horror Picture Show convention.

  11. NickG Says:

    I’m puzzled by the decision to plant “Hugo Award Winner” where they did. Something of a “where do I put it?,” followed by a “wherever you can find a hole for it.”

  12. Tom Noir Says:

    This is a very well-researched cover. As you can see, these lips are engaged in their seasonal mass migration, flying south to warmer climes to avoid the harsh onset of winter and the dreaded ‘chapped lips’.

  13. Tommi Says:

    A song for Hugo Award Winner Lya? How nice of him.

  14. SI Says:

    I am disappointed they didn’t fill the other O. Maybe with an eye.

  15. Dahne Says:

    After reading it, it really is an excellent story about human loneliness. No flying lips, though.

  16. Elfi Says:

    I read the story before really thinking about the cover art – but I think the story would explain the cover art quite well. Agreement with Dahne about the human loneliness aspect, the desire to REALLY KNOW another person completely, and the conflict over being COMPLETELY KNOWN.

    btw: came across this site while searching for the book title, needing to cite my references for a term paper in Astrobiology. ๐Ÿ˜‰ I love the concept of the blog. ๐Ÿ™‚

  17. DaveM Says:

    “As one the spawn of Mick Jagger took to the air to begin their conquest of earth”

  18. Anna T. Says:

    @DaveM: Either that, or they’re auditioning for a spot in a Dairy Queen ad.

  19. JuanPaul Says:

    Every blown kiss that misses eventually ends up in the jet stream. You should have seen the skies during WW2.

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