Jul 11

The Otter Side of HeavenClick for larger image

Tom Noir Comments: If there is one thing aliens love, it’s cowboys. If there is a second thing, it’s ferrets.

Published 1978

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: 7.00 out of 10)

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32 Responses to “Alien Art”

  1. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    Stoat fellow!

  2. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    Am I the only one who looks at the cover and thinks, ‘Three points of balance for safety!’, and cringes?

  3. fred Says:

    I always liked the Johnny Cash version of “Ghost Otter In The Sky”.

  4. JuanPaul Says:

    I sure wouldn’t want to be downstream of THAT river.

  5. RachelJ Says:

    Let us have a moment’s silence to mark the passing of an era. After so many years as the reigning champion in the prestigious “Total Disconnect Between Title, Blurb and Artwork” category, Cats Have No Lord has finally been beaten at its own game by newcomer “Alien Art”. Truly an historic day in the world of terrible covers!

    @Tom Noir and Dead Stuff. Know your mustelids, people! That’s an otter!

  6. Tom Noir Says:

    Oops. Is there any way I can weasel out of this one??

  7. THX 1138 Says:

    Is it me, or has it just got otter in here?

  8. fred Says:

    Those ginormous glowing mushrooms otter be of the magical variety.

  9. JuanPaul Says:

    Otter than the the giant otter, I don’t find much wrong with this cover.

  10. Tat Wood Says:

    It’s a mistake: this picture was intended to go on the front of Arthur C Clarke’s book ‘The Otter Side of the Sky;

  11. fred Says:

    Back cover.

    Newer edition cover and separate art.

  12. Ray P Says:

    David Bowman has changed. The typeface would normally appear on the marquee of a seventies roller derby.

  13. Scott B Says:

    Not so much “Alien Art” as “Awesome-Airbrushed-on-the-Side-of-My-Van Art”.

  14. Tat Wood Says:

    ‘Only one thing could save them’. I count two things in this picture.
    So either Lonesome Luke is going to take on a kaiju otter at high noon or the people of Luminous Mushroom City have sent for a space-otter to rid them of an infestation of country and western.

    I favour the latter option: especially if two six-inch-high nightclub singers are belting out ‘Otter-raa-ah, Otter-rah’ from inside a tiny gold coach.

  15. GSS ex-noob Says:

    If it’s the story I think it is, the giant otter-person artist does play a pivotal role, and there are cowboy types. But it makes for a stupid cover.

    @fred: I was hearing the Vaughn Monroe version, but you can’t go wrong with Johnny Cash.

    @Tat Wood: I would watch that movie.


    I’ve some news from one of GSS’ favorite publishers, BAEN!gunfire

    To quote from the estimable File 770:

    The collaboration by Larry Correia and John Ringo titled Monster Hunter Memoirs: Grunge came out this month, unfortunately, on the spine it read: β€œLarry Correia – Monster Hunter Nemesis.”

    1. That author combo and title are as Baen-y as you can get; a team-up of the originator of Sad Puppies and Oh John Ringo No.

    2. Covers of formulaic series all look alike?

    3. Keeping up the standards of Baen covers, I see.

    The whole print run is being pulped and redone, which seems cruel to the trees.

  16. Tom Noir Says:

    @JuanPaul – The art isn’t poorly executed. It’s more that it depicts a number of elements that have no obvious connection to each other.

    Imagine if I made a cover that showed a firefighter standing on a mountain with a giant iguana in the sky and the title was “Toothache.” You’d be confused, no matter how competently rendered the iguana was.

  17. JuanPaul Says:

    @TN I would assume the iguana had a toothache and the firefighter was going to help him by using his fire hose as a water pick.

  18. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @JP: Can we get the tiny nightclub singers to belt out “I-gua-nah, I-guah-nah”?

  19. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    @Tom: I am imagining you doing just such a thing, by the light of the moon through a Paris tenement’s skylight…giggling fiercely as you do so. πŸ™‚

  20. Bibliomancer Says:

    You all got it wrong. The guy in the cowboy hat is named Art. And he is the alien.
    Alien Art. It all makes sense now.

    …except for that wolverine …

  21. THX 1138 Says:

    “So we meet again, my old nemesis Terry Nutkins, only it is I who now have the upper hand! Er, so to speak.”

  22. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    Hm. My Β£3 to Good Show Sir After Dark got me exactly the same picture, but with BRAZZERS in the corner.

    Edit: Goodness, what do you suppose the one thing that could save them could be???

  23. Tom Noir Says:

    @DSWBT: alright you got me.

    I created most of the covers I’ve been submitting myself under a variety of elaborate pseudonyms.

    I’m especially proud of this one.

  24. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    We love you just the way you are, Tom! πŸ™‚

  25. Anna T. Says:

    Bow down to your otter god!

  26. infoqueen Says:

    Original title: Alien Rat–but then the cover artist drew a giant otter,so they changed it.

  27. Tat Wood Says:

    It’s Alien Art Garfunkel singing “Bright Eyes” as the Otter of Death comes to escort the Cowboy’s soul to the Happy Hunting Ground.

  28. GSS ex-noob Says:

    As the otters in this book are giant and intelligent (doing the titular art), I’d like to request a tag we haven’t seen enough of: “Otter people”.

    (as seen here

  29. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    Does the otter have a rocket flying out of his butt?

  30. Iluvm Says:

    Look into the eyes of this giant otter,filled with sadness.May be he cried the whole night and filled the river with Tears.

  31. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @DSWBT: I think you’re correct. No wonder it looks a bit morose.

    Also, cowboy there with just a rifle has no chance of saving Mushroom City from a gigantic mustelid what can loom up in the air and fire rectum rockets.

  32. Alessandra Kelley Says:

    Ah, so that’s an Art-er, is it?

    I’ll just get my hat …

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