Oct 20

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GK’s Art Direction: What do you mean you quit! You’re fired! I’ll have someone else finish the picture!
Published 1975

Many thanks to GK!

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: 4.81 out of 10)

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18 Responses to “The Earth is Near”

  1. A.R.Yngve Says:

    No no no, it’s not an unfinished picture — it’s a metaphor, see, a visualizing the terror of Martian dust getting into the space suits and lander craft, causing tiny astronauts to crawl out of your space suit…

    Pshaw, who am I kidding?

  2. Ian Sales Says:

    I like that cover. I expect the book is crap, though.

  3. Nix Says:

    Yeah. I mean, ‘not counted’ on dust and loneliness? Obviously an idiot plot, given that we’re many years from Mars and are already studying the problem (well, the latter problem: the former was a worry for a while but no more) and writing books like, well, this one.

    Is there a term for books the mere existence of which forces them to have idiot plots?

  4. SI Says:

    Nix> The twilight effect?

    I like this one too. The font strangely reminding me of a secondary school science text book.

    But what oh what could the metaphor be? Inside the mind of a space man he dreams of being.. a space man struggling for air?

  5. THX 1138 Says:

    “Send help! Giant space helmet is eating me!”

  6. Anrkist Says:

    Translated from the German? Zee German?

  7. Justin Leego Says:

    One of the characters is called The German.

    Wait… this is totally Leaving Las Vegas in space, isn’t it?

  8. Phil Says:

    Leave it alone, I like this cover.

    Except for the font, which immediately transports me back to the 70s. Timeslip, The Tomorrow People, Magpie, science programmes narrated by Geoffrey Wheeler, Look-In (the Junior TV Times)…

    OK, OK, the cover’s a wreck!

  9. Kathleen Says:

    *I* didn’t count on the Mars Red Dust looking so much like red moss

  10. Nix Says:

    The font is classic Awful Seventies, isn’t it? It’s like something you’d see printed on your cheques, only they’re expecting an actual human to read it.

  11. THX 1138 Says:

    Anthea Bell is best known for co-translating the Asterix books into English, so I’m assuming there are some hilarious puns effortlessly brought over from the German in this one.

  12. Brenope Says:

    That Font MaKes me crazy. Is it available for Mac OS??

  13. Fred Zimmerman Says:

    This site would be a lot better if you occasionally showed covers that you like. It is easy to poke fun at dated styles, but unless you commit to what you like, you are just carping.

  14. Phil Says:

    But Fred, we don’t like these covers – we LOVE them. Hence the highest accolade being the rating of “Good Show, Sir!”

  15. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:


    [edit: Ting’d – TW]

  16. FêarofMüsïc Says:

    ‘The Earth Is Near:Autobiography of a Toddler.’

  17. Anna T. Says:

    I see a tag missing.

    Given the likely influence of LSD on the artist, I think we all know which one . . .

  18. Tat Wood Says:

    The odd thing is, the author is a noted astronomical artist. This cover isn’t by him, though. It’s Charles Lilly

    Pesek did a cover for this but it’s rather less memorable.

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