Sep 28

Engineers... great at engineering... terrible at designing!Click for full image

Billy Awesome Comments: Mescaline binge meets community college art exhibit.
Published 1970

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: 7.35 out of 10)

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25 Responses to “Cosmic Engineers”

  1. A.R.Yngve Says:

    Trust me, within the next two years “Commedia Dell’Arte” will be a new “identity” on American campuses — with “Harlequin Awareness Seminars”, “Celebrate Your Inner Harlequin” courses, “Pulchinella Safe Spaces” and whatnot…

  2. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    This is what happens when the robot comes too naked.

  3. THX 1138 Says:

    Episode VIII: Disco Vader.

  4. JuanPaul Says:

    Cosmic engineers dress just as badly ad Earthly engineers.

  5. fred Says:

    Simak rode a horse to High School for four years, five miles each way. This fact may have possibly been Cosmically Engineered by Mr. Simak.

  6. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    For those of you who missed Monday’s presidential debate, it will be replayed Wednesday afternoon, on a book cover.

  7. B. Chiclitz Says:

    It took a cosmic engineer to make them walk like men.

  8. B. Chiclitz Says:

    Forget about the “face in tree” meme, there’s a “face in groin” on this cover. Nnyyaahhh . . . .

  9. Bibliomancer Says:

    About time we added a “people in bottles” tag.

  10. Tat Wood Says:

    Not so much engineering as architecture: Sr Richard Rogers’ ‘inside-out’ approach to skyscrapers applied to people.

    Poor Clifford! So many terrible covers (especially French).

  11. Anna T. Says:

    Cthulhu hits the dance floor.

  12. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    @Anna: you see a dance floor, I see intricately-planted row crops being vandalised by a giant.

  13. Tag Wizard Says:

    @Bibliomancer – Sure, why not. Send me some links for tagging.

  14. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    @TW: Does A Tale of Two Clocks count?

  15. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    Also: Lethe

  16. Tat Wood Says:

    A few minutes’ looking reveals a few more candidates
    and maybe although the people are outside the bottle and it’s implied that the thing in it is a city.

  17. Anna T. Says:

    She looks more like she’s just been beamed down from a flying saucer.

  18. HappyBookworm Says:

    Ooh, a novel with enough thrills for five sequels! (If I believe the tag line…) Do said sequels exist, or is there just a high enough thrill-quotient that one could write five sequels if one wanted to?

  19. Tat Wood Says:

    @HappyBookworm: Clifford Simak had too much self-respect and imagination to bother with franchising himself, unless it was a short story that had the legs to become a book. Other writers have taken ideas from his works and built whole careers on them so I don’t doubt that five unofficial ‘sequels’ exist, just as his throwaway notion of a Time War (‘Time And Again’, based on stories he wrote c.1950) has been milked by everyone and his dog.

    Third generation photocopies of ‘Cosmic Engineers’ have shown up on this very site, often by Jack L Chalker.

  20. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    ‘Sorry, no, not sequels. Seconds.’
    –Amazing Stories

  21. Hammy Says:


    Do Cosmic Engineers stare at their feet when they talk to you, like Earth engineers do?

    Q: How can you tell an extroverted engineer when you meet one?
    A. He stares at *your* feet when he talks to you….

  22. Bruce A Munro Says:

    @Hammy: can they see their feet in that helmet?

  23. fred Says:

    Is that a tree between your legs or are you just glad to see me?

  24. GSS ex-noob Says:

    I believe the submitter had it right all those years ago: mescaline is the only explanation for this cover.

    @Hammy: Perhaps he’s thinking “Let’s see the girls ignore me in THIS outfit!” And, of course, they will.

    That’s probably not an actual woman behind him, it’s a mint-in-box life-size action figure. Or else a smaller one floating beside him. Despite the artist’s heartfelt attempt at a vanishing point, the perspective is unclear.

  25. Bruce A Munro Says:

    As @Bibliomancer said, women under glass – indeed, sometimes tiny women – is a fine old pulp SF trope [1], although I think this is the first time I’ve seen one in a bell jar.

    (Warning: some NSFW-ness.)

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