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Dec 01

Elephants have the natural ability to survive in the vacuum of space. No? Well, draw it that anyway, bub.Click for full image

Greengerg’s Art Direction: Elephants have the natural ability to survive in the vacuum of space. No? Well, draw it that anyway, bub.
Published 1985

Many thanks to Greengerg!

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: 5.85 out of 10)
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20 Responses to “Melancholy Elephants”

  1. SeriesFive Says:

    I bet the whale and the petunia are just behind the elephant…I like it! 🙂

  2. SI Says:

    Nelly the elephant packed her trunk and said goodbye to… the milky way?

    This cover is amazing. In public transport just imagine the respect you would earn for reading this. One would need to have an unlit pipe in his/her mouth too!

  3. A.R.Yngve Says:

    – Ah, the proverbial elephant in the room. (Said elephant being Robert A. Heinlein… in a Spider Robinson book. Get it?)

  4. NGpm Says:

    The exciting 35th book in the increasingly unreasonably named Hitchhiker’s Trilogy: So Long and Thanks for all the Peanuts.

  5. Babbage Says:

    I don’t usually get wrapped up in the fonts, but that one’s a doozy. It’s almost unreadable. It’s like al-Qaida got hold of Bauhaus and twisted it to their own evil ends.

  6. A.R.Yngve Says:

    The “Star Wars” opening crawl would read something like this:
    ——————

    The Search For The New Heinlein, Part XXVII: MELANCHOLY ELEPHANTS

    It is a dark time for the Galaxy of Heinlein Wannabes and Heinlein Fans.
    For the longest time, they have searched far and wide for a new writer who
    would be like Robert Heinlein: Creative, through-provoking, original — but
    exactly like Heinlein, so they won’t have to be surprised or challenged.
    Now, a new contender enters the Galaxy and the fans hold their breath:
    Can this be their promised savior? The new would-be-Heinlein approaches…

  7. Anrkist Says:

    Where can I get the elephant trunk font?

  8. THX 1138 Says:

    The Discworld turtle better back up – man overboard!

  9. SI Says:

    “The elephant drive is going to go critical! Quick jettison it!”

  10. A.R.Yngve Says:

    In space, no one can hear you trumpet.

  11. Nix Says:

    I’m trying to think of a cover that would make sense for a story about the effects of overreaching copyright/patent terms. Perhaps a library, its doors chained shut, its contents visibly crumbling… it would be a lot more *depressing* than this cover, but then that’s the story for you.

    However it would require the artist to actually read the story, which is obviously an intolerable constraint on artistic freedom.

  12. Kathleen Says:

    that elephant looks more sleepy than melancholy

  13. A.R.Yngve Says:

    I don’t think this book sold well in India.

  14. FearofMusic Says:

    “Didn’t Spider Robinson play guitar in the old Toots Sweet band? Guess I’m going back to Harlem:

    Johnny…
    Harry…
    Johnny..

  15. Stevie T Says:

    “…I’d Nominate Spider Robinson as the New Robert Heinlein.”

    Having read both authors, I’d have to agree with that statement.

    Just not in a good way.

  16. A.R.Yngve Says:

    Ba-Da-Bum, Stevie!
    😉

  17. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    Working title: Infinite Sadness Castle.

  18. anon Says:

    In space, no one can find the pet elephant you accidentally killed.

  19. L.B. Says:

    In his teen years, Dumbo got into much harder substances than watered-down champagne. Pink planets replaced pink elephants.

  20. DaveM Says:

    Remember space travellers, An Elephant is for life, not just for space Christmas!

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