Dec 11

A writer to watch. Not a writer to read.Click for larger image

Kang N. Kodos Comments: I’m getting a negative vibe off this cover.

Published 1996

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: 7.86 out of 10)

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16 Responses to “Mainline”

  1. THX 1138 Says:

    Look out, she’s gonna fall off the cover! Think of the implications!

  2. fred Says:

    Back cover. She has THAT superpower and wastes it on being an assassin?
    And she looks like she’s speed skating.

  3. JuanPaul Says:

    In a parallel timeline she adjusts her boob and scratches her butt?

  4. Francis Boyle Says:

    “Dammit, killed by the Daleks with a cheap negative effect”

  5. Bibliomancer Says:

    Using advanced imaging techniques I can discern that her other ability is Supertwerking!

  6. Raoul Says:

    @fred – I agree. If I had that superpower I’d start by fixing up election outcomes. And then I’d work on my stock portfolio.

  7. fred Says:

    Thank you Larry Niven. Now I must petition BAEN to produce a series of books starring heroine Ambitious Dynamite.

  8. Tat Wood Says:

    This must be why Sia switched to claymation for her videos.

  9. B. Chiclitz Says:

    Wow. What a graphic. It would be as powerful as
    Duchamp’s “Nude Descending a Staircase” if it had a shred of artistic vision, skill or point to make.

  10. B. Chiclitz Says:

    “Reva has the unique ability to see different lines of causality spread out before her. When she chooses one of them, the others fade into nothingness and the new reality becomes her Mainline.

    I’m not sure what’s so special about this “power.” I mean, I do this every day, like, I’m in a bookstore deciding whether to buy the latest Flandry saga or the latest Dick Blade thriller, then I visualize myself sitting on a bus with either one of them, then I choose to buy Boethius’s Consolation of Philosophy instead, and then the other two fade into nothingness. Isn’t that just sort of how reality works?

  11. Tor Mented Says:

    Tell that idiot artist that I said she should be extending her FOREARMS!

  12. Kendall Says:

    The cover art is a little weird, for sure! But it was a very good book and (FYI to the folks upthread) the back cover copy isn’t totally accurate and definitely doesn’t do it justice. 😉

  13. GSS ex-noob Says:

    Guy at top right: Narn, or turtle?

    @B’mancer: She looks better that way; the negative image does her no favors.

    I also can think of a whole lot of better ways to use that power. Apparently the power has nothing to do with brains or imagination.

  14. A.R.Yngve Says:

    Editor: “Explain this cover art.”

    Artist: “I started to paint an alien, but then I changed my mind… then I started on a space background, but I changed my mind… then I got to work on the female character, but I couldn’t make up my mind about her pose…”

    Editor: “I see.”

    Artist: “So, I guess it’s rejected then?”

    Editor: “No, I like it! Just add some purple rectangles and we’re good to go.”

  15. anon Says:

    “Tsunamic use of reverse tint hotty, massive labia swirl, a bald twit, crap.” — Francesca Lion’s Chronic
    Bah, shit decor, Rian
    Fine real crotch scent LIII

  16. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @anon: “reverse tint hotty, massive labia swirl, a bald twit, crap” is excellent.

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