May 19

In the book they are called CentauroidsClick for full image

Good Show Sir Comments: So many wasted Ting! opportunities.

Published 1975

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: 8.21 out of 10)

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17 Responses to “Fire Time”

  1. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    I conjecture that the cover artist has an issue with drawing clear, well-defined faces.

  2. DaveM Says:

    Banana-centaurs! Like regular Centaurs, but now a good source of potassium as well!

  3. Mark E Says:

    Are those Wemics? Haven’t seen hide nor hair of one since post-Time of Troubles Forgotten Realms campaign setting.

  4. Billy Awesome Says:

    That there is a font that will *never* look dated.

  5. Bibliomancer Says:

    They are called Centauroids …

    …’Roid Rage!

  6. Tat Wood Says:

    So it IS possible to have a green lion-man with a mullet who wouldn’t look cooler with a giant ray-gun.

  7. Anna T. Says:

    Inserting at least one clear, well-defined face and some ting! may have made this cover slightly more interesting to look at. It’s pretty impressive that the artist managed to make a battle between lion-centaurs look boring.

  8. fred Says:

    Back cover.
    At least the cover didn’t prevent it from being nominated for a Hugo.
    Coughing up one of their hairballs must be a real bitch.

  9. Bibliomancer Says:

    That is some kind of fierce-looking Dr. Seuss character in the feathered tiara.

  10. Tat Wood Says:

    How does a lion-centaur sleep? Some kind of elongated hammock?

  11. THX 1138 Says:

    More like Dire Time, amirite?!

  12. Perry Armstrong Says:

    With a title like ‘Fire(d) Time’ I’m strangely reminded of Donald Trump, especially when the stylised T resembles a caricature of his hair:

  13. Tat Wood Says:

    I’ve just realised what the font reminds me of: a late 60s Hanna-Barbera cartoon. That could be why the illustration looks like an episode of ‘The Banana Splits’ that’s gone horribly awry.

  14. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    @Tat: there’s your answer for #10. Like most hunks on this site, a lion-centaur sleeps in a banana hammock. 🙂

  15. A.R.Yngve Says:

    This cover is strikingly unique in its visual detail.
    The standard type of cover would include:

    A) A rugged male astronaut
    B) A scantily clad heroine
    C) A human armed with a gun/sword/whatever
    D) All of the above

    But it’s almost like the target audience is four-legged aliens. Almost like… oh no, they WALK AMONG US!!

  16. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:


  17. L.B. Says:

    So this book gets a double whammy of font problems based on the other cover as well. At least I didn’t misread it this time.

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