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Bibliomancer Comments: “Way to go Einstein. Didn’t I tell you to check this planets miscegenation laws before you booked our honeymoon vacation?!”

Published 1982

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: 7.71 out of 10)

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21 Responses to “The Prisoner of Zhamanak”

  1. THX 1139 Says:

    “All I said was, ‘Eh, what’s up, doc?'”

  2. Raoul Says:

    I don’t know what he sees in her. He’s certainly no Sir-Mix-a-Lot.

  3. Francis Boyle Says:

    I think there’s been a mix up. Surely this cover was intended for the sequel “The Conjugal Visit of Zhamanak”

  4. fred Says:

    We seem to have a disagreement between title and cover regarding singular/plural.
    More tits.

  5. B. Chiclitz Says:

    There is a real narrative playing out here:
    Mothbrow girl checks out Earthman, looks at Mothbrow man, and realizes what she’s been missing all this time, Earthman checks out Mothbrow girl checking him out and starts to feel a pheronomic stirring as he contemplates the graceful sweep of her ears and eyebrows. Earthgirl starts to realize what’s going on and is about to issue a dire warning about “big-eared bitches with giant eyebrows” to Earthman. Mothbrow man is starting to realize the price he will pay for having no junk.

    It’s quite epic in scope, but still a pretty awful cover.

  6. Lillie Awesome Says:

    იშვიათად აქვს შაბლონის შრიფტის შრიფტი

  7. THX 1139 Says:

    Is this the biography of Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Titch?

  8. JuanPaul Says:

    This is a really sophisticated ishihara test. If you are color blind, you don’t see Conan lurking in the bushes.

  9. B.Chiclitz Says:

    @Lillie A—მე არ მესმის “GSS” იდგა “ქართველი შოუს სერ!”

  10. Lillie Awesome Says:

    B. Chichlitz – ჰა ჰა ჰა ჰა ჰა ჰა!

    (Incidentally, machine translation really did a number on my first message, which was supposed to say “rarely has the font problems tag been so necessary”).

  11. Longtime_Lurker Says:

    I thought this cover was just stunning (in a good way), apart from the title being unreadable. It seems that Phantasia Press was a publisher of limited hardback editions of SF, and I went browsing on ISFDB, which has a list including the cover art. Victoria Poyser (she of the elements of soft porn) did a couple, but her other ones are not outstanding as far as I can see. OTOH there is a gorgeous Kelly Freas cover for Harlan Ellison’s Medea.

    Oh and some dude on the Antiquarian Booksellers Association website will sell you a complete set of Phantasia Press titles (all 49 of them) for $7233.

  12. Bibliomancer Says:

    Coming soon to the Syfy Channel as a wacky sci-fi rom-com retitled “When Harry Met Zhamanak”.

  13. B.Chiclitz Says:

    @Lillie A—Well, I really have no idea how the machine is rendering my sentence into Georgian, so if is insulting, please blame the AI and not me!

  14. Anna T. Says:

    I have to say, those are some of the strangest eyebrows I’ve seen or heard of in any fiction.

    Oh, and the male alien appears to have the groin of a Ken doll.

  15. Lillie Awesome Says:

    B. Chiclitz – It rendered it well enough that I took your gist to be “I didn’t know GSS stood for Georgian Show Sir,” but I had to guess at it.

    Someday I’d love to get my hands on a typewriter with a Georgian alphabet — not that I can read, write, or speak the language, it’s just a really beautiful script — but those are rare unicorns indeed, especially here in the States.

  16. B. Chiclitz Says:

    @Lillie A—And your initial reply came out as “Ha ha ha ha ha ha!” though perhaps it was more nuanced than that. Funny how we have less and less of an idea these days whether some machine is having its way with us or not. Thank bog GSS is here to let us have our way with them once in awhile.

  17. Tat Wood Says:

    Stewpot: It’s Friday, it’s Five to Five and it’s Zhamanak

    (300 Cub Scouts: ZHA-MA-NAAAAAAAAAK!!!)

    They’re playing Double or Drop with Space Sheep.

  18. GSS ex-noob Says:

    Besides all the other gobsmackingly awful things so thoroughly tagged, this is another cover that’s overly BUSY.

    I think the secondary purpose of the norks is to give your eyes a place to rest that isn’t flowered, curlicued, leafed, barred, fonted.

    Perhaps we should be grateful that there wasn’t also a blurb in the space around Mothman’s head.

    (I fear that this is, indeed, a depiction of part of the book!)

    თვალები მტკივა.

  19. Wilbur Says:

    Jennifer Jason Leigh wants to know why the nude dude with the giant head in the cage with her can’t identify the taxonomy of the dragon peacock thing hanging around in front of the bars.

  20. GSS ex-noob Says:

    Wotthehell is/are the things on the tree branch on the upper left? And what portions of its/theirs anatomy are showing?

    Makes even less sense than the rest of it.

  21. Hammy Says:

    Ah, one of the books of the “Viagens Interplanetarias”, I see….

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