Jun 24

Is this the real life? Is this just fantasy? Wait no... it's sci-fi...

SteveAsat Comments: A thrilling last-minute escape from the Queens of Mercury! “Can you do the fandango? Then you shall DIE, Earthman!”
Published 1981

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: 7.57 out of 10)

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24 Responses to “The Morphodite”

  1. THX 1138 Says:

    “Oh, wait, was she a great big fat genetic time-bomb person?”

  2. Adam Roberts Says:

    Nice brooch she, er, they are wearing.

  3. Phil Says:

    EDITOR: I’m sorry, Mr Foster, the reading public just won’t know what a morphodite is. For that matter, neither do I. What is it?

    FOSTER: It’s a sort of genetic…time-bomb… person.

    EDITOR: Ah, then that shall be the subtitle!

  4. Amy L. Campbell Says:

    I can’t tell which is wackier, the cover or the subtitle.

  5. Dalton H. Says:


  6. fred Says:

    Wonder what Whelan would have done with blond hair instead of black and would ABBA have sued as a result.

  7. arch9enius Says:

    I don’t yhink english was th subtitler’s first language.
    If subtitler is an actual job.

  8. drlemaster Says:

    Do we have a tag for lens flare, or is that too much like a ting?

  9. Jane Says:

    Regeneration gone horribly wrong–Sarah Jane Smith must find the real Dr. Who in “The Genetic Time-Bomb Person!”

  10. jerk of all trades Says:

    A “genetic time-bomb person”? So if you ask them the wrong question on your first date, they flounce out and everyone within a 50-mile radius dies of leukemia?

  11. jerk of all trades Says:

    INHERITED leukemia! This is not a genetic atomic-bomb person we are speaking of!

  12. Phil Says:

    Ooh, yes, can we have a Lens Flare tag, please? Not as exciting as TING! but equally common on SF covers since the invention of Photoshop.

  13. Phil Says:

    I can’t make up my mind whether the face on the left is Terence Stamp or Arthur Mullard.

  14. SI Says:

    I mean come on, they maybe a four headed mutant or Genetic Time-Bomb person, but at least they could smile for their photo.

  15. The Tag Wizard Says:

    Lens flare done! A long forgotten tag now resurrected 🙂

  16. Tom Noir Says:

    #7 – Of course it’s an actual job! My grandfather worked at a subtitle factory for forty years. He was the president of the local chapter of the subtitlers’ guild. He used to tell me “Tommy Noir, always remember: subtitling is an honest day’s work for a young career person.”

  17. arch9enius Says:

    I stand corrected. I hope you didnit take his advice though, ‘cos it’s clearly all done abroad now.

  18. A.R.Yngve Says:

    Sing along, folks:

    Is this a real book
    or is this a fantasy?
    caught in an art mess
    a lame escape from reality…

  19. Geneticist Bob Says:

    You would be grumpy too if you lived half your life under a big black cloak in somebody’s armpit waiting for your turn to drive the spaceship.

  20. Anti-Sceptic Says:

    After the genetic time-bomb person blew up, he actually blew up to form Siamese-quintuplets all attached at the head…They are now known as “the genetic time-bomb people”.

  21. morphy Says:

    hey, this book was actually a pretty good read! I bought it BECAUSE of this cover!

  22. The Tag Wizard Says:

    Yesss! A victory for Morphocover!

  23. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    ‘Well, Doctor? What’s the diagnosis then?’

    ‘You seem to be suffering from the Morphodite, sir…ma’am…er…one of you is suffering, anyway.’

  24. Tat Wood Says:

    Get up every morning, fading me head, sir
    So that every man can be red

    Ohhh Ohhh the Morphodite

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