Aug 09

That's not a horn ... that's a whisky flaskClick for larger image

FluffyGhostKitten Art Direction: Gimme a ripped blinged-out Viking lion-centaur blowing a hunting horn. Throw in a couple random moons and a giant pulsar, and we’re good. No, I’m perfectly sober, someone else stole your shrooms.

Published 1988

You might remember this from here.

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: 5.88 out of 10)

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22 Responses to “Fire Time”

  1. Bibliomancer Says:

    Chug! Chug! Chug!

  2. THX 1138 Says:

    Pipe Smoker of the Year 3017.

  3. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    Interesting, sometime between the foreground and the background I seem to have given myself a severe migraine.

  4. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    Poul Anderson: Once, every thousand years, comes.

    I think we’ve found the problem, if not its source.

  5. Francis Boyle Says:

    Since that centaur has vaguely human shaped legs at the front a video of him trying to gallop would go down a treat on Youtube.

  6. fred Says:

    If the horn was properly made you wouldn’t have to strike such a pain in the neck pose to use it. Don’t think this planet has any marching bands, you would go right over the nearest cliff during the first practice.

  7. JuanPaul Says:

    This guy has a spear, a dagger, a sword, arrows, plays the battle horn and is his own steed. That’s like the warrior’s version of a one man band.

  8. L.B. Says:

    @DSWBT – I don’t think one is supposed to abstain for that long. Also, I read the title as ‘Free Time’ Is that how Poul Anderson spends his free time once every millennium?

  9. B. Chiclitz Says:

    He seems to be standing on tiptoe. Hope he’s been using the spit key on that horn, otherwise, gr-oss!

  10. Tat Wood Says:

    A moon in that close an orbit would be a ring-system by now. This is a planet in dire need of a dermatologist.

  11. Leak Says:

    With covers like these I can’t believe they’re firing the artists only once a millennium…

  12. Tom Noir Says:

    I find this cover to be well composed and the art competent.


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  14. JuanPaul Says:

    How does he put those ankle bracelets on?

  15. GSS ex-noob Says:

    The foreground and background appear to be two entirely different paintings mushed together for no reason except BAEN! trumpet

    But both are competent enough that I’m afraid the combo (and font) (and Centaur!) makes this GSS-worthy. It’s at 5.67, so none of us are too horrified.

    @JuanPaul: maybe one of the other lion centaur! men puts the ankle bracelets on him and vice versa?

    (Poul only had one kid. Make of that what you will.)

  16. Hammy Says:


    The horn says to me Stand and Deliver!”

  17. Yoss Says:

    Being a feline centaur he’s probably flexible enough to do all kinds of things.

  18. Anna T. Says:

    That centaur ought to be more concerned by how close his planet is to that black hole. The time dilation must be absolutely horrid.

  19. GSS ex-noob Says:

    So, 1000 years to us, but Fire Time comes every 5 minutes to him?

  20. A.R.Yngve Says:

    What’s that font called?

  21. Raoul Says:

    @A.R – I believe that font is called “Problema”.

  22. A.R.Yngve Says:

    “Guys, look at Thrag. Tooting his horn again… I swear, one day I’ll toss him into the black hole and put a stop to that infernal tooting!”

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