Sep 18

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Arthur Dent Comments: In the future, self-driving cars will still have issues.

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: 7.40 out of 10)

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21 Responses to “Deathkiller”

  1. THX 1139 Says:

    I feel this should be a Motorhead album, but not a Motorhead album cover. It has Nick Kamen on it, for a start.

  2. fred Says:

    Looking at the door behind him, I guess explosives are the only way to enter a building.

  3. Lillie Awesome Says:

    Poor fellow; the explosion blew his spaghetti colander clear off his noggin. Maybe he can borrow the robot’s tactical fedora.

  4. Francis Boyle Says:

    That must be the most low rent robot since Robot Monster.

  5. B. Chiclitz Says:

    “Hey get that dog outta here, I’m a robot godammit, not a fire hydrant!”

  6. Ray P Says:

    This cover certainly poses a lot of questions.

  7. Tat Wood Says:

    Even busking has been automated..The tin hat on the floor to the right of Nick, as we look at it, belongs to the robot mime artist on his left..

  8. Anna T. Says:

    I’m not sure this guy entirely got the memo for how to dress inconspicuously when time travelling.

  9. Yoss Says:

    Death never should have mentioned that he was only two days from retirement.

  10. Tom Noir Says:

    The title makes it sound like this book was written by a 12 year old boy. The cover does little to dispel that impression.

  11. Bibliomancer Says:

    Nick Deathkiller remembers why he shouldn’t leave his car running unattended.

  12. David Says:

    I’ve read this one! It’s actually pretty good. The scene on the cover does sort of happen (a storefront explodes as the hero is walking past), but it’s hardly a pivotal moment. I always thought it was an odd choice.

  13. Daard23 Says:

    Baggy ankle pants! We probably don’t need a tag for this…..yet.

  14. GSS ex-noob Says:

    This is hideous, ugly artwork with terrible colors and proportions/angles… and yet somehow, it’s the font abuse that really sets my teeth on edge.

    @Tom (10): Isn’t most of the output of this publisher aimed at 12 year old boys and their theoretically-grown up selves? Even when they do occasionally print something that isn’t, they have to slap a cover on it that appeals to them.

    What do you call a house style when the house has no style?

    (Is Felix gonna come by and see if we’re still making Three Stooges jokes?)

  15. RachelJ Says:

    @Tom Noir. Alternatively, it’s what you get when your Nineties Anti-hero Name Generatorâ„¢ is just a trifle glitchy.


    He kills Death… to death!!!

  16. THX 1139 Says:

    I bet Deathkiller don’t make records as good as Deathtöngue.

  17. Bruce A Munro Says:

    (Hero notes explosion, flying car)

    “Uh oh…looks like Death’s still alive!”

  18. Chris Says:

    What really bothers me about this cover, is that the original published work (this is a reprinting) had remarkably elegant artwork.

  19. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @Chris: Such is the way of BAEN! explosions and ignoring the laws of perspective.

    They’ve never seen a book they couldn’t ruin with a garish, shitty cover. I’m only surprised they didn’t work a woman with cleavage in here.

    Do you have a link to another cover? I can’t find one.

  20. A.R.Yngve Says:

    I can’t believe the editor let this cover pass Quality Control.
    I mean, come on! A Baen cover with an UNARMED guy in the foreground?
    He should at least hold a pistol in each hand. Bloody amateurism!

  21. Hammy Says:

    As I read somewhere else, “the problem with artificial intelligence is that it’s a product of human intelligence.”

    And, pray tell, how is it possible to kill death? Or is that “kill Death”, like if someone was somehow able to knock off the Grim Reaper?

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