Oct 17

Suppositories... the only cure for bighanditis... doesn't help bigheaditis much though.Click for full image

Bibliomancer’s Art Direction: I want a picture that will be timeless. Like a mash-up of Peter Max meets Chairman Mao. Art like that will never go out of style. Now give me another foot-long pill and leave me alone. I’ve got a lot of art-making to do!
Published 1970

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: 8.86 out of 10)

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25 Responses to “Our Friends From Frolix 8”

  1. THX 1138 Says:

    Dan Daren’t meets Chairman Mao-kon? Is this what happens if you take the pill?

  2. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    ‘You’ll give up those horns, old chum. You’ll give them right up if you know what’s good for you.’

  3. Tat Wood Says:

    What exactly is the pink-haired George Melly leaning on? Is this a Sir Mix-A-Lot situation?

  4. Phil Says:

    Crystal Tipps & Alistair: the Global Domination Years.

    As for the size of the pill, I find it rather hard to swallow.

  5. Adam Roberts Says:

    For some reason (pardon me if I’m being simply too obscure) this made me think of the Talking Heads video for ‘Once In A Lifetime’, where David Byrne’s preacherman does the karate chop gesture all along his raised forearm. Perhaps based on this cover …

  6. fearofmusic Says:

    i like this cover it is excellent.

  7. Tom Noir Says:

    Man, that US gov’t shutdown affected everything! Even GSS was offline! But now that you’re back, all I have to say is:

    That guy on the cover really looks like a butthead.

  8. Tag Wizard Says:

    @Tat, haha whaaaaaaaat

  9. Tat Wood Says:

    @Phil: If memory serves, that’s pretty much the plot.
    @Adam Roberts: so it’s not a big pill, it’s a sausage. ‘Same as a liverwurst. Same as a liverwurst…’

  10. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    Featuring Old Men, New Men, Under Men, Unusuals, and Friends. The three on the cover strike me as ‘Unusuals’, most definitely.

  11. A.R.Yngve Says:

    The Day They Shot Gay Space-Mao

  12. Bibliomancer Says:

    This book is emblematic of the Science Fiction Book Club in its heyday. You would sign up for their 3-books-for-a-penny introductory offer. Then receive a big box with your hardcover Asimov’s Foundation, A Princess of Mars, and Again Dangerous Visions books. And then forget to mail back the card for next month’s feature selection. Several weeks later you get a box in the mail with …. Sweet Sufferin’ Jesus … your ghastly-looking new copy of “Our Friends From Frolix 8”.

  13. fred Says:

    Chairman Mao say:

    If we have a correct theory but merely prate about it, pigeonhole it and do not put it into practice, then that theory, however good, is of no significance.

    “On Practice” (July 1937), Selected Works, Vol. I, p. 304.

    Theory – BEHIND YOU!

  14. SI Says:

    I hate to see the enemies from frolix 8! Or…. would I….

  15. Jaouad Says:

    The guy on the left is clearly a New Man. Only New Men would colour-coordinate their necktie to their hair and their medication.

  16. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    Antenna Man’s face is on the spine. His dead, red eyes staring at you from off your bookshelf…boring into what little is left of your soul…your drooling mouth agape in a parody of his own…the horror, the horror…

  17. B. Chiclitz Says:

    Chairman Mao’s arm is also a pill. That’s why they are training a weapon on him.

  18. Anti-Sceptic Says:

    “Want a marshmallow?”

  19. Tom Noir Says:

    To be fair to the artist, this IS a Philip K. Dick book, so the chance that this bizarre cover accurately reflects the contents is substantial.

  20. Tat Wood Says:

    Never has the term ‘Flashback Friday’ been more appropriate.

  21. Bibliomancer Says:

    This cover is such a hot mess of terribleness.

  22. B. Chiclitz Says:

    Another good reason for Flashback Friday—I think I finally get it. Modish businessman inserts enormous psychedelic suppository and morphs into freaky Space Sheriff on the lookout for oddly androgynized communist dictator. They all vote “Leave” and relocate to Frolix 8.

  23. fred Says:

    So Philip K. Dick created Babylon-5’s Londo Moliari in 1970. Amazing.

  24. JuanPaul Says:

    All know is that it’s Friday and if you party with these guys, you might wake up on the other end of the galaxy!

    (not saying that’s a bad thing)

  25. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    @JP: yes, but you also might have picked up a few little ‘friends’ in your Frolix.

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