Jun 02

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Bibliomancer Comments: “You Earthlings don’t realize how ridiculous you look in your jumpsuits and diaphanous gowns!”

Published 1977

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: 6.40 out of 10)

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29 Responses to “Out of the Dead City”

  1. THX 1138 Says:

    “How you doin’? I’m collecting kisses!”

  2. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    Lex Luthor blames Superman for EVERYTHING that’s happening on the cover.

  3. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    A trail of brown patties leads to between his legs…unfortunate.

  4. Perry Armstrong Says:

    Straight Outta the Dead City.

  5. Ikari Gendo Says:

    You can never get good looking outfits at the big and tall store.

  6. B. Chiclitz Says:

    “So as you can see, my feet are far superior to your puny, unevolved Earthling appendages, though I admit your hairdos are impressive.”

  7. fred Says:

    If they were in The Dead City then it wasn’t really a Dead City but an Almost But Not Quite Dead City and then it officially became The Dead City when they left the Almost But Not Quite Dead City. Right?

  8. JuanPaul Says:

    That dude is in such a classic Hildebrandt pose.

    There should also be a word for Hildebrandt hands…Hildehandts?

  9. B. Chiclitz Says:

    @Fred—that’s a tough one. Maybe they were never in the dead city to begin with?

  10. Ray P Says:

    What are little girls made of in the chess City on the edge of sf cliche.

  11. Tat Wood Says:

    Not so much a Chip* on his shoulder as a Simon on each and one on his belt.

    (*See what I did there?)

  12. Tat Wood Says:

    This is probably what the makers of the forlorn ‘Logan’s Run’ TV series hoped it would look like.

  13. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    Not since Earth Dreams have we witnessed a power struggle of such awesome intensity!

    –Dead Stuff With Big Teeth, author of The Van Lustbader

  14. Ray P Says:

    Baldy seems to be sneaking a peek at the redhead Playtex model’s decolletage.

  15. Anna T. Says:

    The bald guy dressed like a knockoff space wizard is probably going to fire his tailor once he realizes that going barefoot in knee-length robes doesn’t actually suit him.

  16. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    @fred: maybe Out is the fellow’s name. Out was born in the Dead City, but he’s been living in Cairo or Woolloomooloo or somewhere most of his life, and now he’s going back on holiday.

  17. lctwice Says:

    The spine notes that the original title is Captives of the Flame, so of course the cover shows the moment just before big fella Flame snaps his fingers to bring his captives out of their trance.

  18. Perry Armstrong Says:

    Is the name of the city Nobsville?

  19. Francis Boyle Says:

    Casual Friday on Gallifrey.

  20. Anna T. Says:

    @Francis Boyle: Ten out of ten, sir. Brilliant. I laughed.

  21. HappyBookworm Says:

    The whole body language of the humans just seems to scream incredulity. Like they’re thinking, “Yeah..riiiight…You just came out of the Dead City. Sure…”

  22. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    Duncan’s karate demonstration failed to hold the crowd’s interest.

  23. Ray P Says:

    If Ridley Scott had filmed this exactly as shown it would have been better than the end of Prometheus.

  24. A.R.Yngve Says:

    Look closely in the far middle, and you can just about make out a face saying “I’m not dead…!”

  25. Ray P Says:

    Yes, the entrance (?) looks a lot like a cartoon dog’s head, maybe Goofy. Walt Disney emerges from his cryogenic chamber aeons in the future to greet the archeologists uncovering the ruin of Disneyworld.

  26. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @Ray P: That doorway is absolutely Goofy.

    (The cover as a whole is absolutely goofy.)

  27. Tor Mented Says:

    Just as long as they’re not out of the toilet paper they’ll be fine.

  28. Bruce A Munro Says:


    For a 1970s book, the cover has sort of a 1930s pulp sensibility about it, although the jumpsuit guy on the left looks a bit more modern.

    @Ray P.: Disney Necroengineers have labored for centuries to build Disney a new, mightier body. The costume department, on the other hand, just kinda threw something together at the last minute.

  29. Calyx Says:

    “What do you mean. I’ve got lipstick on my collar? How very dare you?!”

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