Jan 10

Window washers of the future!Click for larger image

Monty Comments: Those colors.

Published 1995

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: 6.50 out of 10)

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17 Responses to “The Years of the City”

  1. Bibliomancer Says:

    Baen says “Let’s play Battleship!”

  2. fred Says:

    The Trump defense initiative against Kaiju nears completion.

  3. JuanPaul Says:

    Anyone else seeing robotic swimmers?

  4. B. Chiclitz Says:

    Monty is afraid to tell us how much was spent on this gem of a cover. Don’t be embarrassed, Monty, we’ve all been there, or Baen there! And this is a good investment—where else could you see an image of robot vulture spaceships engaged in a synchronized swimming event? Nowhere!

  5. Francis Boyle Says:

    These mega-projects are surprisingly affordable when you buy second-hand from the Vogons.

  6. Ray P Says:

    Flying cranes built out of Lego pieces.

  7. THX 1139 Says:

    A well-placed cheese roll should foil this Evaporator Game.

  8. Lillie Awesome Says:

    I don’t want to alarm anyone, but if those window washers are actually Transformers, and they look like they could be, when they turn into robots and stand up I think we might have some community standards violations…

  9. Tat Wood Says:

    Manhattan is now safe from anything – except well-trained sopranos.

  10. Bruce A Munro Says:

    Marvel at the power of my COMPUTER GRAPHICS!!!

    They’re trying waaay too hard with the title and author name, while the subtitle is a bit underwhelming…”it’s a hell of a town?” Is it meant to be positive? Negative? Jokey?

  11. Tat Wood Says:

    @Bruce A: allusive. I read it as riffing on ‘On The Town’. It took me decades to discover that ‘the Battery’s down’ wasn’t a reference to Sinatra’s hearing-aid.

  12. Bruce A Munro Says:

    @Tat Wood: ah, OK. It amuses me that a supposedly futuristic look at New York is referencing a seventy year old musical already fifty years old in 1995. I guess that line about the past not even being past is doubly true on Broadway.

    (OTOH, Pohl himself was born in 1919, so I guess he’d find it more contemporary).

  13. GSS ex-noob Says:

    Er… at least it’s not orange and there are no big guns or cleavage?

    Praising with faint damns is the best we can do with this publisher.

    The piece being lowered into place seems to have some perspective problems. At least I can’t make it fit in any way but Escheresque. Is it a hexagon or a box?

    Is the dome there to protect people from the exploding letters in the sky? And you thought billboards were bad enough. How do they handle ventilation? NYC don’t smell so good even when exposed to the whole atmosphere.

    @JuanPaul (3): That was my first thought. Robot scuba.

    @Lillie (8): Ah. Yes. Ewww.

    @Bruce (10): I also expect it’s mostly hand-arted in 1995.

    @Tat (11): That was my thought, too. Although they couldn’t even get that right; the original lyric has “a” instead of “one”. If they were going for a Sinatra riff, why not quote “New York, New York”, which people knew at the time and they even still play in Times Square at midnight Jan. 1?

    And where’s Orson the Cat? Still stuck in Doohan’s ear, or on the Space Station of Sleazy Symbolism?

  14. Monty Says:

    David Mattingly is the godfather of cheap 90’s clipart. I refuse to believe it’s hand-done, at least not entirely. Look how plasticky and shaded it is simultaneously. Perhaps scanned and slathered with gradient effects.

    @ B. Chiclitz: I am not shamed buying a Frederik Pohl book. The place priced by some flat formula anyway, the sticker was from a previous reselling.

  15. B. Chiclitz Says:

    @Monty—Forgive me if I wasn’t clear. Absolutely there’s no shame in buying a Pohl novel. Pohl is quite a good writer. No, the shame (and glory) of GSS accrues to the covers, not the books.

  16. A.R.Yngve Says:

    The tagline “It’s one hell of a town!” and the art are a bit… mismatched. You don’t get to see just what is so hellish about this city.

    Could it be that…
    A) The city’s baristas are on strike, so NOBODY gets a leaf pattern in their foam lattes;

    B) The city was featured on the cover of WIRED Magazine, and the citizens now await the reversal of fortune that strikes anyone who gets on the cover of WIRED;

    C) A flock of seagulls landed on the giant dome and are crapping on it;

    D) The glass dome is slowly choking everyone inside it to death;

    E) On Taco Tuesdays, the domed city suffers a terrible stink.

  17. Ray P Says:

    @Ynvge c)
    A flock of seagulls ran so very far when shown this cover. They were hoping for a picture of you, something to remind them. They’ll have to spend their lives just wishing.

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