Jul 30

It is ... my ultimate art! I call it... a catue!Click for full UNSHEEPED image

Tom Hering Comments: In a land where sculptures flaunt and crumble, one statue comes to life: cat girl! Little does she know, however, that life means nothing but the sight of a bug, and the sight of a bug brings sadness and withdrawal. Oh pathos! Oh cat girl!
Published 1976

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: 8.54 out of 10)

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One Response to “Universe 5”

  1. Phil Says:

    ‘Tis a thing of beauty, and proves that funny pictures of cats did NOT originate with t’internet. (The ancient Egyptians started it all, of course.)

    Welcome back, GSS. I am enjoying the new assessment criteria associated with the star-ratings.

  2. Jaouad Says:

    Cat Girl’s new body lotion did not work as advertised.

    Also, I hope she doesn’t try to stand up: something’s dreadfully wrong with her right leg.

  3. Graham Says:

    I thought there might at least be some Cordwainer Smith in there, to explain it…but alas.

  4. THX 1138 Says:

    The eternal question pondered: which is more fun to play with, Photoshop or a ball of wool?

  5. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    My heart bleeds for Kitty. Sprung to life with no sense of identity, seeking out purpose and answers, her first sight in this glorious, open, sun-lit world…is a roach’s bum

  6. Bibliomancer Says:

    Catue? Gesundheit!

  7. Rags Says:

    This looks like a statue orgy got out of hand.

    Obviously Catue, The Lone Butt, Sir Flexsalot, Boobalicous and Smash Face are main characters, the other scattered statues are minor ones. Yes i will let you all find them in the picture!! 🙂

  8. Rags Says:

    Boy this book cover screamed “FRENCH SCI-FI” when I was looking at it the first time. I apologize for my prejudices, VIVE LA FRANCE!!

    I dont mean to pile it on but the fonts for the blurb are awful, especially the word “Flights”, i believe its flights but looks like llights. There is a problem with L’s and F’s.

    I recommend they change the book name from Univers5 to “We Blew the Entire Budget on Ursula Le Guin and Fritz Leiber so all we could afford was this cover”.

  9. SI Says:

    I would have gone for the other cat in the pet store… just saying.

  10. B. Chiclitz Says:

    That cat’s got the Buffalo-Head Syndrome. I mean, if you’re going to go to the trouble of imagining a marbleized female body and then putting a cat’s head on it, can’t you at least observe some rules of proportion?

  11. fred Says:

    I’m lichen that statue.

  12. HappyBookwyrm Says:

    @ fred – I’m lichen your punning skills.

    @ B. Chiclitz – I agree about the proportion problems. It looks like they found a strange picture of statues and then stuck the sticker of a cat’s head over the face of the statue in the foreground.

    If this is what Universe 5 is like, I’ll stick with Universe 1.

  13. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    @HB: If proportions remain the same, Universe 1 has 2.4 marvelous, mind-grabbing flights to the outer limits of the imagination. I suppose that you never return from your third…?

  14. Tom Hering Says:

    I think this cover illustrates Edward Bryant’s The Legend of Cougar Lou Landis, which appeared in Universe 3. Maybe its use was delayed until Universe 5 because it was feared that a cat with pimiento-stuffed olives for eyes would phonetically-subliminally suggest an anthology of cock tales, and blatant erotica would never fly with the American branch of the New Wave (because of ingrained cultural puritanism and all that).

    Huh? What do you mean that’s a stretch? And I shouldn’t bother pursuing a career as a literary theorist / historian? Gosh but you guys can be harsh sometimes.

  15. Jerk of all Trades Says:

    A mobile cat’s head, awakened from its nap atop a decapitated statue, spies breakfast — or maybe just a new toy. Who knows if these flying cat-heads actually ingest anything.

  16. Jerk of all Trades Says:

    Also I like how the dismembered hand in the background is reaching in utmost futility for the dismembered butt-legs. Just that little something extra from the artist, in case the foreground didn’t turn out weird and unsettling/embarrassing enough.

  17. Tat Wood Says:

    now THAT’S the trouble with lichen

  18. B. Chiclitz Says:

    @Tom Hering 14—a stretch? By god, man, you’ve nailed it. An epitome of Third-Wave Neo-Deconstructionist Reader Response New Historicism! The eyes (“I”s) alone speak volumes of post-industrial nihilism (or the “0-lives” we all must lead).

    Scary, ain’t it?

  19. Tom Hering Says:

    @ B. Chiclitz, yes, it’s truly scary how our lives of quiet des-purr-ation are given full visual expression in this cover.

  20. Joachim Boaz Says:

    The back cover is fun as well….

  21. Jaouad Says:

    The Dazzling Dozen have seen better days, by the looks of it.

  22. Ian Says:

    Thank you for the sheeped image…

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