May 09

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Bibliomancer Comments: Keir Dullea in outtakes from 2001: A Space Odyssey.

Published 1967

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: 7.54 out of 10)

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16 Responses to “Shock Wave”

  1. THX 1138 Says:

    Never mind the dinosaur, watch out for the giant puffin behind you!

  2. B. Chiclitz Says:

    Richmond Leigh & Walt
    Computer Omnipotent? This Fool, He Could

    (I’m assuming that’s what’s on the flip side of this Ace Double)

  3. Lillie Awesome Says:

    Early artist’s conception of the Internet as a series of tubes.

  4. fred Says:

    Silly question. A man in a turtleneck sweater can accomplish any task imaginable.

  5. Raoul Says:

    Thank god it’s a “Complete Novel”. I wouldn’t want the exciting dino-mite chapter to be edited out.

  6. B. Chiclitz Says:

    @fred—Except look cool.

  7. Francis Boyle Says:

    I’ve just realised Betteridges law of headlines works in reverse for book cover blurbs.

  8. Tor Mented Says:

    That LP behind his head is just about to play “Her Majesty’s a Pretty Nice Girl.”

  9. Anna T. Says:

    Girl steadfastly ignores all manner of high weirdness happening behind her.

  10. B. Chiclitz Says:

    @Anna T—I assume you are referring to the T-Rex, which seems to be in rather a jaunty mood, given the “high weirdness” (nice phrase) of the imagery surrounding her.

    Maybe we need a “Too jaunty?” tag.

  11. GSS ex-noob Says:

    I first read the blurb as “Could he feel this omnipotent computer?” and ewwww. The only thing that could make this cover worse.

    Hoot appears to have painted a bit of the background before he turned it over to Hoot Jr. to wield the mucilage pot and clip art.

    I half expect Turtleneck Man’s mouth to move badly and ask “What’s all this then?” as dino-mite bounds off, the moon rolls away, and we lead into another sketch. It’s like naff imitation Gilliam link animation.

    @Francis (7): Egad, you’re right. But we’ve already got a Boyle’s Law.

    @BC (10): Seconding “too jaunty” idea. I feel there are probably a lot of examples in the archives.

  12. Tor Mented Says:

    If the question is “Are humans better than computers,” the answer will be “yes” because computers don’t buy that many paperbacks.
    When our AI Overlords take over, popular fiction will have the underdog AIs causing humans to melt down by have them contemplate Zeno’s paradoxes.

  13. Bruce A Munro Says:

    Given that the computer appears to be using 1960s hardware, I’ll go with “yes.”

  14. A.R.Yngve Says:

    Yeah, yeah, we get it, he asks the “omnipotent” computer “Why?” and it starts to smolder…

  15. Tor Mented Says:

    “Could he fool this omnipotent computer?” Why bother? If it uses Windows, just wait for it to crash.

  16. Ray P Says:

    Put the average teenage sf reader and his wall posters on the cover. Play Gary Newman.

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