May 22

A bird with a bird hairdo. A first.Click for larger image

Lillie Awesome Art Direction: Give me a little man, with a giant bird grafted to his head, and out of the giant bird’s head, I want a man’s head if human heads were shaped like potatoes, but upside down, and sitting inside that, I want a man, but with a bird’s head, and maybe make it look like the bird-headed man is shooting a bird out of his hand, which should also be holding a torch. Throw a bunch of rainbow people in a birth control pillbox in the background — it’s very high concept. We’re going to have to skimp on printing costs because we went over budget persuading Heinlein and Asimov to appear together, so don’t break your neck painting detail. Now, what say we make this a five martini lunch?

Published 1970

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: 8.83 out of 10)

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14 Responses to “The Worlds of Science Fiction”

  1. THX 1138 Says:

    Falcon Hell.

  2. B. Chiclitz Says:

    One of these birds has had an unfortunate accident. Gr-oss!

  3. fred Says:

    I think the lazy bastards just quickly re-purposed a rejected Zelazny ‘Creatures of Light and Darkness’ cover so they could get to lunch.

  4. Bibliomancer Says:

    There better be a science fiction version of the “The Maltese Falcon” in there.

  5. THX 1138 Says:

    Ah, good old Mamie Van Doren, branching out into sci-fi when the glamour roles dried up.

  6. Tat Wood Says:

    Messrs Cassill, Elliott and Van Doren had something to show their mums at least – ‘look, ma, I’m in a list with people you’ve heard of!’

    So three proud mothers put this cover over the mantelpiece.

  7. Longtime_lurker Says:

    THX: Mark, not Mamie. In the interests of science I looked at Mamie van D’s Wikipedia entry. Now I need brain bleach, and I cannot unsee the photo at the top of the article.
    Incidentally, the Heinlein story is “All You Zombies”, which has been referred to here quite a few times.

  8. Anna T. Says:

    I’m not sure what Egyptian mythology on acid has to do with this anthology at all.

  9. B. Chiclitz Says:

    That bird center left is like, “I don’t see why I should have to dust these names everyday.”

  10. GSS ex-noob Says:

    Erm. This imagery is very Egyptian, but I bet none of the stories are.

    @fred: Maybe Zelazny said “Hell no, you can’t put that on my book.”

  11. THX 1138 Says:

    @Ll #7: Yeah, I know, but any excuse to mention Mamie, she’s great. She did make SF movies, too…

  12. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @THX: Of all the Mamies, she’s the most entertaining.

  13. A.R.Yngve Says:

    This looks like just about any “head shop” window display in Amsterdam.

  14. JuanPaul Says:

    Looking at those authors, I am wondering how much therapy it took Robert Mills to get over the experience of editing a book with that many egos in it.

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