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Alice Comments: WTF is this one about? Read the back cover.
Published 1952

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: 8.39 out of 10)

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33 Responses to “The Great Mirror”

  1. Ray P Says:

    Edward Mandrakeroothands.

  2. Valerie Says:

    WTF indeed. The story seems to be something about Tibetan Masters on Mars.
    At the end of the blurb, it says:
    … Wherein bodies are just a vehicule for the carrying out of the plan.
    I bet the artist read plant instead of plan and must have ingested some bizarre plants himself to come with such a cover!

  3. fred Says:

    Looks like she is wearing either a Transparent Cloak or an Invisible Cloak of Non Invisibility. It’s hard to tell them apart.

  4. Bibliomancer Says:

    He’s like an upside-down Ent.

  5. JuanPaul Says:

    Another GMO disaster. Will we ever learn?

  6. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    Is that an advert for a pockets shop in the background? Both of them could invest in some pockets.

    Re. blurb, an invention more powerful than the television? Goodness, are you INSANE?

  7. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    ‘Little of Burks’s sf was reprinted in book form, the most notable exception being The Great Mirror (Summer 1942 Science Fiction Quarterly; 1952); in this hyperbolic tale, Tibetans who control Matter Transmission and various ESP powers mysteriously steal, from the Martians they have been visiting on Mars, a mirror capable of focusing on anything its user wills.’

    Why, those ingrates! Today’s post is compelling me to harrumph ever so much.

  8. Tom Noir Says:

    Ah yes, noted author Arthur J. Burkes-Pockets.

  9. THX 1138 Says:

    Tree-mendous, eh readers?

  10. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    @THX: Wood you stop it with the lame puns? 😉

  11. B. Chiclitz Says:

    @THX, DS—I wish you folks would branch out a bit in your humor. I think you’re barking up the wrong tree.

  12. B. Chiclitz Says:

    This cover is a nice inversion of the old Daphne and Apollo myth, methinks.

  13. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    So if The Great Mirror is about Tibetan lamas, do Andean llamas star in The Good But Not Great Mirror?

  14. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    Is that supposed to be her coif, or the sun caught in a heat shimmer?

  15. B. Chiclitz Says:

    Whatever that “ting” in her hand is, it seems to be melting her right boob.

  16. JuanPaul Says:

    If they made anti-marijuana propaganda in 1920’s, this is what it would look like.

  17. Francis Boyle Says:

    When cosplay goes wrong.

    (I originally commented about the terrible typography but then I thought “I’m bothered by the typography?” Also, this is exactly someones sexual fantasy and that someone is almost certainly Arthur J. Burks)

  18. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    @FB: You’re           bothered by the typography?

  19. Francis Boyle Says:

    Dammit, DSWBT has found my personal kryptonite!

  20. Anna T. Says:

    Cover: A tale of a sorceress who turns people who’ve angered her into trees.

    Blurb: A tale of Tibetan monks, Martians and magic mirrors.

    I can only assume the publisher just picked the cover off a pile at random, or something. It isn’t the first time the denizens of this website have gotten a cover totally unrelated to the contents of the book.

  21. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    Young Steven Stanton had been lost, wandering the Himalayas for weeks, almost out of water, food & hope. And suddenly, in the midst of his despair, the forgotten temple of Shambhala appeared! With his last strength, Stanton struggled to the temple door, where a lone lama waited. Silently, the lama pressed a copy of this book, with this cover, into Stanton’s hands. And thus, Stanton’s quest for enlightenment ended.

    It’s a pity about the frostbite to his fingers on the way back, tho.

  22. GSS noob Says:

    Yes, I suspect sorceress in charge of Ent-ifying has nothing to do with the book. Because she can’t be either a Tibetan lama or a scientist. Just possibly a Martian.

    Not sure how the Tibetan lamas and the scientists are working together either, or how the scientists got the mirror away from the lamas or…

    I think the shop in the background only sells pockets for swans. Or pockets to put swans in.

    @FB: The typography is pretty bad. The stick-on lettering seems to have been done by someone who didn’t use a ruler.

    I’d give this not so much a “WTF” but a “wtf… meh”.

  23. Tat Wood Says:

    According to the back-cover blurb. ‘highly-educated scientists with a plan’ is the most terrifying thing imaginable. How times change.

    But are the Lamas and the Scientists on the same team? Is this a prequel to ‘The Nine Billion Names of God’?

  24. fred Says:

    Really should be a Tolkien cover.

  25. HappyBookworm Says:

    @Tat Wood – You said it…If I had to pick someone had to work beside Lamas to wield a magic mirror, I think “highly-educated scientists with a plan” would be pretty high on my list. If the blurb had mentioned “poorly-educated scientists who liked to act on rash whims” then I would be scared…You know what they say about a little learning…

    @GSS noob – I agree. There’s definitely a shop for swan pockets down the road. Wonder what they charge for one…

  26. GSS noob Says:

    Swan Pockets — a flavor not coming soon from Hot Pockets.

    The illustration there seems to show you could fit two or three swans in one pocket, so they must be pretty big, and therefore costly. Strong fabric to restrain the cranky bastids too.

  27. Francis Boyle Says:

    I think I’ve broken rule 37 and possibly the internet itself. Googling “tree transmogrification porn” yields no relevant results.

    @fred. Do you hate Tolkein that much? I mean I’m no fan but even I wouldn’t do that to him.

  28. classicOz Says:

    I guess the juxtaposition with Tolkien is the palantir which had similar properties.
    (My daughter once got an extra five marks because she used ‘juxtaposition’ in her art criticism essay so I thought I’d try it here.)

  29. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    @TW: we need a ‘+5 points’ tag here for classicOz’s juxtaposition.

    Edit: never mind, that’s a -5 for ‘palantir’. 😉

  30. A.R.Yngve Says:

    The Swansea Guild of Pocketmakers called, and they want their marching-band banner back!

  31. GSS noob Says:

    @ARY: obviously the woman in blue doesn’t like parades or halftime shows, so she’s stolen the banner and is turning all the marchers’ legs into trees, and fingers into branches so they’ll never be able to play sousaphone again.

  32. classicOz Says:

    Missed it by that much.

  33. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    Wait…is this scene set in the middle of a cul-de-sac?

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