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Good Show Sir Comments: Better to beg forgiveness … than to get the cover art pre-approved.

Published 2007

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: 8.32 out of 10)

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31 Responses to “Better to Beg Forgiveness …”

  1. Bibliomancer Says:

    The middle guy’s backpack leaf blower is belching out a storm of smoke.

  2. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    Typical, the woman is denied cranial protection so we can see how blandly beautiful she is.

  3. Tom Noir Says:

    No publisher?? I’m gonna go out on a limb and guess that it’s


  4. THX 1138 Says:

    “We’re here to kick bubblegum and chew ass, and we’re all out – no, wait a minute…”

  5. fred Says:

    I wonder how many times BAEN had to go back to the artist and say ‘More ammo clips, more pouches,MORE MORE MORE!’.

  6. fred Says:

    Ass. From L to R you got wise, cute, bad, hard, sorry, and smart. Looming above is Asshat.

  7. Elvraie Says:

    As cheesy as a 1970’s Eurovision contest….

  8. Francis Boyle Says:

    Let me guess. For being a dirty hippy?

    Tip to Michael Z. Williamson: send this one to Trump. He’s sure to enjoy it.

  9. Tat Wood Says:

    Since the US swapped colour-assignment for political parties, many Fox News viewers have come away from the film ‘Red Dawn’ with the idea that the heavily-armed invaders are the good guys.

  10. Alice Says:

    Let’s win this one for Harry Truman!

  11. JuanPaul Says:

    According to wikipedia, he’s available.

    Also, if you are wondering what his middle name is, Mad Mike isn’t telling:

    “What does your middle initial “Z” stand for?

    My father has no middle name. This distinguishes me from him. I used the name while growing up in Britain and hated it. I started using “Mike” in Canada. I like the “Z” because it is distinctive, but I can do without the name. So I’m not telling. Only one person ever guessed, and I offered to marry her. (She graciously declined the invitation, and we’re still friends 16 years later.)”

  12. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    Is that a metalworker’s hammer that the cat in the hat on the left holds in his hand? Are they machinists? Are they striking? Are the armed fellows here to break up the strike? Is this actually a political novel?

  13. Tat Wood Says:

    @JuanPaul: finding out he was born in Birkenhead actually reduces the seriousness of this cover. I read the title in my head as ‘Berrer to asskh fer Guinness, la”. The moustache doesn’t help. However rugged he thinks he looks in those photos on wiki, all I can think of is Joe McGann saying ‘Eh! Eh! Caaaaalm down’.
    (For the uninitiated: and many more)

    But if he was raised in Britain then how does he pronounce his middle initial?

  14. JuanPaul Says:

    Looks like the Ren Faire got fed up with all the steam punks ruining the vibe.

  15. B. Chiclitz Says:

    @Tat Woodโ€”he pronounces it “eh?”

    You can tell he’s gone full Canadian since he now feels the letter Z is somehow “distinctive.”

  16. THX 1138 Says:

    Did he nick the Z from Poppy Z. Brite?

  17. Bibliomancer Says:

    I’m saying the Z. stands for Zippy.
    Let Michael Zippy Williamson come on this site and tell me I’m wrong.

  18. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    ‘I used the name while growing up in Britain and hated it.’

    That’s because you were growing up in Birks. If you had grown up in the civilised world, you wouldn’t have hated growing up. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  19. Anna T. Says:

    Z is pronounced “zed”, as all of us civilized people should know. There is no other way to pronounce it.

    This cover is absurd, but it’s that old guy with glasses in the upper corner that really kills it for me. I mean . . . what is he doing there? What does he have to do with the plot of the book? Is that the author? (Ignore that last question. We know that Jim Baen himself is the only real human allowed to grace the covers of BAEN publications.)

  20. GSS ex-noob Says:

    It is indeed BAEN!coughing from smoke

    Who else would use that particular crappy font? (Mike Zed’s a Puppy, of course.)

    Whyyyy the giant floating old guy head?

    @fred: More guns and ammo, yes; more feet, no. No helmet for the lady. WTF is that on the middle grunt’s back? Some sort of metal octopus? Or is he part Lovecraftian horror?

    And why the floating old guy head? Is he the one they’re going to beg forgiveness from for killing the be-hatted machinist gang?

    Is he their god Rumsfeld, speaking to them of known unknowns?

  21. RachelJ Says:

    @GSS ex-noob. No kidding, my brain went “Click! Baen!” the instant I glimpsed the title font, and before I’d even looked at anything else. Must be one they use a lot.

  22. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @Rachel J: Note it doesn’t even say BAEN on the cover. It doesn’t have to. No other publisher has bad enough taste to use that font. Or the random cluttered, weapon-filled, bad perspective art.

    The people at the bottom seem to be begging forgiveness and not getting it.

    Am more certain than ever that’s Rumsfeld as the floating face. Would fit the time frame and the ethos.

  23. A.R.Yngve Says:

    Welcome to another episode of the thrilling, fun-filled gameshow
    Tonight’s cover is from Baen… like the other 1,084 covers from previous episodes… and our contestants must find the character that doesn’t look like a White Anglo-Saxon Protestant!

    The timer starts… now! [Tick… tick… tick…]

    The time is up… and no one could spot a character that didn’t look white. That’s all for tonight! Next episode we’ll be looking at whitewashed covers for Robert A. Heinlein books! Good night, everybody!
    [End credits]

  24. GSS ex-noob Says:

    Still think that’s Rumsfeld.

    @ARY: You can’t tell about the two who are farthest right, but under all that wrapping, I’m sure they’re white as well.

  25. A.R.Yngve Says:

    GSS: a Military SF book with the title “White As Well” (or better still: “White As Hell”) would be a guaranteed hit with the target demographic.

  26. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @ARY: it would describe yoooge amounts of their output, wouldn’t it?

    As I said before, Mike Zed is a Puppy, who like to call themselves “alt-right”, and after the election and especially after Charlottesville, we all know what that means.

    White As Hell indeed.

  27. L.B. Says:

    Baen knows it’s beyond redemption at this point; no point in asking for forgiveness now, guys.

  28. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @L.B.: Good show, sir or madam! ๐Ÿ™‚

    It’s a quirk of publishing history that they have Lois McMaster Bujold, who actually can write and isn’t typical of the house in other ways. She’s the only one of their authors ever to win a Hugo, much less repeatedly. IIRC. And her fantasy works are with other publishers or self-published.

    There’s some less MANLY PEW PEW stuff coming from Catherine Asaro, Esther Friesner, and Lee & Miller (of whom Baen is their 4th publisher).

    Coincidentally (or not), the authors named above are the only ones I and all my female friends ever buy from them.

    I suppose they do well enough with the US straight white young male audience that they can survive largely ignoring the majority of humanity. Certainly they save money by not employing any proofreaders. EVER.

  29. Lars of Mars Says:

    Ah, Mad Mike.
    We shared a hotel room a few times at WindyCon back in the 90โ€™s.

  30. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @Lars: I presume he was less of an asshole back then? Before he went Full Puppy?

    Also, I still maintain that’s the floating head of Rumsfeld.

  31. JJYoyo Says:

    @GSSxN: I thought Rumsfeld too! Alternatively, Bob McNamara. Either way, blandly addicted to the BAENification of US foreign policy. PewpewkaPOW!

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