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Nov 25

Its ok.. we gave the universe a rape alarm and some pepper spray.Click for full image

Rich Comments: One of my favouite books of all time. If I had judged by the cover, I wouldn’t have ever touched it.
Published 1966

Many thanks to Rich!

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: 8.92 out of 10)
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29 Responses to “The Demolished Man”

  1. SI Says:

    Looks like they have their universe raping clothes on.

  2. "Starman" Matt Morrison Says:

    Is that Jeff Dunham and his puppet Ahmed The Dead Terrorist?

  3. A.R.Yngve Says:

    Talk about quoting a novel out of context… jeez!

    “And now, in our series ‘How To Make People Run Screaming Away From A Book And Never, Ever Pick It Up,’ we come to THIS cover…”

  4. A.R.Yngve Says:

    THE DEMOLISHED LUCHADORE

  5. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    So, it isn’t the penguin talking about all of that universe-raping? It’s the trick-or-treaters?

  6. Seamyst Says:

    I’m just going to be over here in this corner, rocking back and forth and crying in horror.

  7. Phil Says:

    The good news is that this would only set you back 3/6.

  8. Weirdmage Says:

    I need to re-read this book. I don’t remember that scene at all.

  9. Simon Says:

    I dunno, I kinda like it…

  10. Adam Roberts Says:

    The penguin is blushing with embarrassment: that’s how bad this cover is.

  11. AikoAiko Says:

    Is this cover required to enroll in the sex offenders registry? If you look closely, you can see that the picture is actually a still shot taken by a security camera during one of their escapades. Mommy, I’m scared.

  12. Nix Says:

    This is what Bester originally intended for Reich to use to distract attacking telepaths. Instead of that ‘tension, apprehension’ nonsense he’d just stick a giant skull in their faces and terrify the living daylights out of them (or make them laugh too hard to give chase).

    He changed it and sent the result back in time (using a variant of the techniques described in _The Stars My Destination_) after seeing this cover.

  13. NGpm Says:

    Was the artist on something? Hey, I took this picture of two kids at my door for halloween … we can use that.

  14. Kathleen Says:

    classic. peephole cam for the win!

  15. Green Says:

    If I was that penguin, I’d be red with embarassment, too.

  16. David Cowie Says:

    I’ve got a copy of this edition
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/davidcowie/79916038/
    And I didn’t submit it. Doh!

  17. A.R.Yngve Says:

    Yes, Virginia, some editors really do hate writers.

  18. FearofMusic Says:

    I want this book, with this cover! Not to read, but to hold prominently the next time I am in my doctor’s waiting room. Bet the lady with the screaming kid coughing and sneezing on everyone finds another seat, far across the room.

  19. Tom Noir Says:

    Worst. Marionette. Ever.

  20. A.R.Yngve Says:

    Jimmy Savile saw this cover and immediately bought ten copies.

  21. Rev Says:

    I’d say the universe was asking for it.

  22. Adam Smith Says:

    I think this is probably done by Alan Aldridge as well – looks similar to the often macabre photo work he was doing at the time. Seen from 2014, it also really resembles something from the Scarfolk Council site.

  23. Adam Smith Says:

    Turns out I was wrong: it is in fact by Lester Waldman: http://www.penguinsciencefiction.org/08.html

  24. Anna T. Says:

    That looks like a photo of a really bizarre Day of the Dead decoration. I suspect Mr. Bester would not approve.

  25. Mark E Says:

    I’ve just submitted the same cover! I can’t believe two people actually bought this book despite its artwork.
    I have three copies of this book all with equally hideous front covers.

  26. Ray P Says:

    The trick or treaters turned into publlic menaces during 1966, “That’s a very nice man you’ve got. It’d be a shame if someone demolished him.”

  27. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    The Stanford Men’s swim team are wearing unconventional outfits this year.

    …or is it too early?

  28. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    And, a jolly Hallowe’en to you all!

  29. GSS noob Says:

    I don’t remember any Day of the Dead references in this novel, nor disguised children, or… any of this. Thankfully this is not the cover I read it in, or I wouldn’t have.

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