Oct 09

She's killing me softly with her song ... killing me softlyClick for full image

Bibliomancer’s Art Direction: My name is Bibliomancer. I’m from 2015 in the future. I want a cover with a future-retro Amy Winehouse using a space music ghetto blaster to kill some dudes … and a satyr! Don’t make the art very good. I need it to win a ten-star rating on a website of terrible sci-fi cover art. Why are you looking at me like that?

Published 1961

You might remember this from here

and also here

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: 8.79 out of 10)

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28 Responses to “The Big Time”

  1. JGM Says:

    Wow, an unsheathed belt axe just swinging right next to that perfect thigh…why does one need an axe in a high tech society anyway?

  2. SI Says:

    Mr Tumnus always had it bad!

  3. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    She looks very, very plastic. That being so, she’s probably a highly sought-after collectable.

    Are those two gents in the background disembarking from a boat?

  4. A.R.Yngve Says:

    “Ma’am… stop playing that… crunk… it’s awful… can’t think… arrrghh…”

  5. fred Says:

    The other cover in the double.
    The Big Time BIG TIME

    The Green Millennium 1954 Lion Library PB – google for some awesome 50’s cheese.

  6. Tat Wood Says:

    The funny thing is, all three covers are reasonably accurate accounts of the contents.

  7. Tag Wizard Says:

    Confusion about the unknown artist:

    From isfdb:

    The cover artists are not credited. EMSH is on the cover of The Mind Spider, lower right corner. The ACE Image Library credits Emshwiller with the cover for The Big Time as well [looks more like Valigursky].

    BTW, the original story and art from Galaxy Magazine are available on the Internet Archive. Greta Forzane/Amy Winehouse looks identical to this cover but the original art is credited to (Virgil) Finlay.

  8. Anna T. Says:

    I realize this is nitpicking compared to all the rest of the glorious cheesiness of this cover, but her torso is way too skinny for her internal organs. It would seem you are correct, @DSWBT: she IS made of plastic.

  9. B. Chiclitz Says:

    @Anna T.—not only plastic, but magnetic! I mean, judging from the angle of the axe.

  10. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    @BC: ‘I seem to have a vacuum tube radio attracted to my midsection, good sir. Pray, could you see to helping a lady remove it?’

    ‘Well, well, well, ma’am…let’s have a goosey ‘ere…’

  11. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    What do you think? Did she get it from her boyfriend, or is she merely following the crowd?

  12. Perry Armstrong Says:

    The Faun-icator 3000® delivers powerful ultrasonic frequencies, disorienting invading fauns while you don’t hear a thing. The unpleasant sound ricochets off walls and other solid objects, neutralising fauns on the spot. Also effective on random men.

  13. THX 1138 Says:

    Next week: Sheena Easton really plays that axe!

  14. Tom Noir Says:


  15. Bibliomancer Says:

    Satyr-day Night Fever

  16. B. Chiclitz Says:



  17. A.R.Yngve Says:

    Faun: “Not… not Rush Limbaugh… gack… *choke*”

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  19. Perry Armstrong Says:

    @Scott B: “Take that, Pan Books!”

  20. Tat Wood Says:

    Hang on… that’s a theremin. So Giles Goat-Boy is being concussed with this

  21. Revellion Says:

    Phwoar! Check out her axe-wound!

  22. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    Needs a ‘piercings’ tag, kind wizard.

  23. B. Chiclitz Says:

    These two have been shopping at the same Radio Shack.

  24. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    @11, BC: at least they weren’t STEALING from that Radio Shack! 😉

  25. B. Chiclitz Says:

    @DS—oops, my bad! You were all over that one way back when.

  26. Tag Wizard Says:

    @DSWBT – Done

  27. Tor Mented Says:

    ♪ They tried to get me to go to Skylab. ♪
    ♪ But I said no, no, no. ♪

  28. A. R. Yngve Says:

    One thing bugs me about these old covers:
    The tech interfaces often look dated even by the standards of their own time.
    Computers that resemble radio sets, dials instead of buttons, clunky antennae… it’s as if the genre was dominated by people with a fixation on amateur radio.

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