May 25

... the world of millions years hence whence thence ...Click for full image

Good Show Sir Comments: Fly, my pretties! Fly!

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: 8.65 out of 10)

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24 Responses to “The Stone God Awakens”

  1. THX 1138 Says:

    Say cheese…

  2. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    ‘At’s me, before I’ve had my morning cuppa.

  3. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    I hate to ask, but why the purple highlights?

  4. SI Says:

    Stealing this title for my next 80’s hair metal concept album.

  5. fred Says:

    The Stoned Book Buyer Batman

  6. JuanPaul Says:

    “I want my two dollars!”

  7. Francis Boyle Says:

    I’m starting to feel sorry for Philip José Farmer.

  8. Lillie Awesome Says:

    You’ve changed, Travis Bickle, and not for the better.

  9. fred Says:

    If I were a God I think I would go with a mullet and not that mowhawk.
    What are the aerodynamic advantages of butt wings?

  10. JuanPaul Says:

    @FB I wonder how Farmer feels about these covers. I can imagine him insisting on the bizarre.

  11. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    @fred: I think that’s a tail. If so, it gives stability and both pitch and roll control at the expense of increased drag.

    Since we’re talking about google-eyed bat-winged potatoes, I think it adds a note of realism.

  12. Tat Wood Says:

    “I am not a crook!”

  13. B. Chiclitz Says:

    This blurb writer should just be drummed out of the business. This has to be one of the weakest, flabbiest, lamest sentences ever written—”He sought our descendants in the world of millions of years hence”—really? Preposition much lately, scribe?

    (Sorry, not my usual playful self. I stand guilty to the charge of over reacting. But I believe that misuse of language has large social and political implications, and I guess I am feeling a bit self-righteous, and scared, these days.)

  14. Anna T. Says:

    They look like the unfortunate children of vampire bats and oni. Yeah, just for the record, no one try that crossbreed again.

  15. JuanPaul Says:

    @bc I share your fury at the blurb. It seems lazy and careless to put such an awkward sentence on the cover.

  16. Bibliomancer Says:

    @B. Chiclitz – I share your pain, bro. Hence = from here.
    “He sought our descendants in the world of millions of years from this place”
    Henceforth = from this time on.
    Maybe they glued that bat-wing over the “forth”

    Still, anyone using “henceforth” in a Ace Book blurb …
    … needs to find the gates of death …
    … and live!

    @Tat Wood – That’s who he looks like! “Sock it to me?”

  17. JuanPaul Says:

    I was thinking he looks like Yondu from ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’.

  18. GSS ex-noob Says:

    Doesn’t look stone to me. Doesn’t look like he was ever stone. Or is he our hence or thence (could be both) descendant? Why the purple and orange? Why the mohawk? Wouldn’t total baldness be more aerodynamic? That critter needs all the help he can get to stay aloft, let’s face it.

    Ugly artwork, nonsensical blurb, I would run away from this book and never read it.

  19. Tom Noir Says:

    GAWD, why’d i look at this before bedtime?!?

  20. DaveM Says:

    Oh, the Stone God from the title? He’s a human that was “frozen at a molecular level” (whatever that means), and get thawed out millions of years later and mistaken for a fulfilment of a prophecy. He then leads his devoted worshippers (a tribe of anthropomorphic talking cats) on a quest to see if there are any other humans left. What that’s got to do with evil balloon animal bats is quite beyond me I’m afraid.

  21. Hammy Says:


    Oh, so it’s “Red Dwarf” fan-fic? 😉

  22. DaveM Says:

    You know, I can honestly say I didn’t think of that when I wrote the comment, now I can’t NOT think of it!

    Good Show Sir! Good Show Indeed!

  23. A.R.Yngve Says:

    This blurb was generated with the Blurbinator — try it yourself!

    “He (1) our (2) in the (3) “

    a) Sought
    b) Fiddled with
    c) Extracted
    d) Sued
    e) Destroyed
    f) Buttered

    a) Descendants
    b) Tax forms
    c) Loins
    d) Cat
    e) Planet
    f) Toast

    a) World of millions of years hence
    b) iPhone of tomorrow
    c) Litterbox of Fate
    d) Galactic Unmentionables
    e) Tinfoil Hat of Doom
    f) Kitchen

  24. Anti-Sceptic Says:

    So that’s what Mr. T looks like when he shaves…and consequently why he pities fools…

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