Oct 05

Antique Chippendale space ships are made of only the highest quality carved hardwoodsClick for full image

Chuffmunky’s Art Direction: “Ok there’s NO budget for the cover this time. Go through that pile of dusty CDs; there should be some forgotten illustrators’ portfolios from the 90’s we can raid.”

Published 2012

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: 4.17 out of 10)

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28 Responses to “The Fractal Prince”

  1. Claire Says:

    I was admiring the juxtaposition of space ships and converse and then realised it was the photo, doh! (But weirder things than that have been on GSS!)

  2. THX 1138 Says:

    The universe’s fastest butterfly, ladies and gentlemen.

  3. Perry Armstrong Says:




  4. Noel Says:

    Handmade artisan spaceships. Whatever next?

  5. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    It’s ‘The Butterfly Effect’. A butterfly flaps its wings in the rainforests of Brazil, and a week later a crap cover comes out in Frankfurt.

  6. Bibliomancer Says:

    The blinding whiteness of outer space. Olber’s Paradox?

  7. fred Says:

    Does the face on the engine affect performance? If so, I want a propulsion system that really ‘puts out’.

  8. B. Chiclitz Says:

    I am quite bugged by that stupid period at the end of the cover blurb.

    Since it’s not a sentence, I react thinking it’s a reference to “San Francisco” with a typo. And, like, who’s interested in the most exciting new voice in San Francisco? Not since 1967 anyway.

    I seem to be cranky this Monday—but don’t you think a title like this demands some representation of a fractal on the cover?

    I do like the red Chucks however . . . .

  9. Tat Wood Says:

    Yo! Home to Bel-Aire!

  10. Anna T. Says:

    I was wondering why this was tagged “spaceships with faces”, until I had a closer look at the engines.

    They must pay their artisans a bloody fortune for hand-crafting all their ships for them. But I guess they think it’s worth it, for a fleet that’s both unique and, judging by the aforementioned faces on the engines, showcases their leader’s egomania.

  11. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    It’s terribly unfortunate that Prince isn’t in purple.

  12. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    If you could turn any two celebrities into engines for your spaceship, whom would you choose? I would choose Geoffrey Rush and Alex Hastie.

  13. B. Chiclitz Says:

    @Dead Stuff WBT—since there appear to be three engines, it’s likely there’s a hidden third face.

  14. Perry Armstrong Says:

    Love and Rockets
    Russell T Davies

  15. anon Says:

    “Real French Tit Cap” by Ruah, Anemia Jinn
    The Most Exciting, Mind-Blowing Fleece Invention from Sven W. Who

  16. chuffmunky Says:

    I know it’s obscenely nerdy, but I had to submit this for the horribly aliased displacement maps, and of course the bizarre faces on the engines.
    Sorry about the distracting shoes!

  17. B. Chiclitz Says:

    @chuffmunky—not at all, those are very cool shoes.

  18. Anna T. Says:

    @Perry Armstrong: That’s hilarious!

  19. A.R.Yngve Says:

    By Roald Dahl

  20. random Donna Says:

    It’s admirable that the Fractal Prince’s culture has figured out how to make Great-White-Void-capable spaceships entirely out of pine cones and death masks.

  21. Tat Wood Says:

    @random Donna: It’s the McGyver/Stargate Universe crossover we all wanted to see.

  22. Simon Says:

    Dammit. Another one of mine.

    To be fair (not the point I know, but throw me a bone here) the faces on the engines are in the book…

    And the butterfly? It’s a linking motif with the other books in the trilogy (it’s a reason, not an excuse, OK?).

    As for the white? Not the artist’s fault (Chris Moore btw). we took his background for the first book (The Quantum Thief) off and replaced it with plain white and it REALLY worked (trust me). By that point the die was caste…

  23. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    @Simon: confess! CONFESS! Which one is Wally? CONFESS!

  24. anon Says:

    @DSWBT: Shouldn’t that be “repent”?

  25. Ray P Says:

    The long awaited novelization of the nineteen nineties hit computer game.

  26. Longtime_Lurker Says:

    I have this! Even bought in Helsinki. Even read it, or tried. The cover makes more sense than the book. Maybe I read it too fast or something.

  27. Tat Wood Says:

    After titles with the 90s buzzword followed by the 80s all-purpose handwave the third should either have had ‘Holistic’ or ‘Atlantis’ in the title to be truly 70s. Or ‘Singularity’ if it was going for that 2000 – 2005 vibe.

  28. GSS ex-noob Says:

    I read the first one of these and liked it, but no more. The US covers for these books are overly busy and dark, but not as risible. No white outer space, at least. Main character is pictured.

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