May 11

mmmm.... mind is completely blank today. The nudity in this one is just shocking! Shocking! If you zoom in a bit.Click for full UNSHEEPED image

Mark E’s Art Direction: We need to get more women reading science fiction. How about we put a picture of a naked women with a snake on the cover. Oh – and make sure the angle leaves NOTHING to the imagination.
Published 1979

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: 8.74 out of 10)

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23 Responses to “The Light Fantastic”

  1. Perry Armstrong Says:

    As a Whitesnake album cover, this might actually kinda work. As a sci-fi book cover… not so much.

  2. THX 1138 Says:

    “No, I shan’t trust in you.”

  3. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:


  4. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    Putting the ‘¿Que?’ in Quetzalcoatl

  5. JuanPaul Says:

    “HA! You weren’t expecting sky-snake, were you!!”

  6. B. Chiclitz Says:

    Really close examination under high magnification reveals some troubling anatomical detail that, after careful scrutiny and, ah, ah, even more close examination leads me to conclude that—the dragon’s wings are aerodynamically unstable.

  7. fred Says:

    Wonder what last weeks Sigmund Freud would make of this cover.

  8. Bibliomancer Says:

    Really close examination under high magnification reveals some troubling anatomical detail that, after careful scrutiny and, ah, ah, even more close examination leads me to conclude that …

    … there is a tangle of two pair of wings. Thus, apparently, our starkers lady is an angel.

  9. Tat Wood Says:

    I remember my mum borrowing it. I think she may even have read it on the bus. The Seventies were a different time.

  10. B. Chiclitz Says:

    @Bibliomancer—but if you are correct, good sir, it would mean that the angel was not a “lady” at all, since angels have no gender. Perhaps it is a baseball player (playing for, who else, the Angels?), and so that is a a stylish, fur-trimmed athletic cup down there. Maybe it just requires even closer inspection under even higher magnification.

  11. Bibliomancer Says:

    @B. Chiclitz – Angels have no gender? Hmm. Perhaps a defrocked Victoria’s Secret model then?

  12. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    @Tat: Out of respect for a GSS colleague, I’ll refrain from making a ‘your mum during The Seventies’ joke. 😉

  13. B. Chiclitz Says:

    @B’Mancer—yes, that must be it. They have both wings and fur, I hear.

  14. Anna T. Says:

    @DSWBT: Your second comment is a thing of beauty. I will remember it and laugh at inappropriate moments.

    @Tag Wizard: I’m disappointed in you, sir. I fully expected a “WTF” tag. I did not find one.

  15. Mark E Says:

    Cover artists were not a friend to poor Alfred were they.

  16. NGpm Says:

    So are they dancing as in to “trip the light fantastic”? Either way someone is tripping, most likely the artist who, at some point, thought this was a good idea.

  17. Perry Armstrong Says:

    Do Daily Mail Paparazzi Dream of Flying Snakes?

  18. Tag Wizard Says:

    @Anna T. – WTF? Sorry. I was temporarily left speechless.

  19. HappyBookworm Says:

    @DSWBT #4 – Nice one. Only I don’t see Quetzalcoatl as much as I see….EVIL CADUCEUS. This poor women has been kidnapped from a hospital.

  20. FrankN.Stein Says:

    I know that cover… I had a collection of erotic Scifi short stories once with that… Apparently, it’s quite a popular image…

  21. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    ‘So, how is the experiment with putting wings on snakes of different masses going along? How are they flying?’

    ‘The light? Fantastic. The heavy? Need a bit of help aloft.’

  22. A3Kitsune Says:

    It seems this novel has been forgotten in the mists of history – a wikisearch only reveals the Terry Pratchett novel of the same name.

  23. GSS ex-noob Says:

    Searching didn’t reveal WTF this WTF cover was doing on this (or any other) book, but I did find out that it was a collection of Bester’s short stories. Pretty sure naked babes and flying snakes weren’t in any of them. At least not any I ever read. Most of his stuff was published before you were allowed to have naked women in SF anyway.

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