Jan 30

The fabric of the cosmos is terryclothClick for larger image of front cover

All the pros go to Milwaukee for their headshotsClick for larger image of back cover

Ripley Comments: I don’t know if the front cover is Good Show Sir worthy. But the back cover is for the Hall of Fame!

Published 1949

You might remember this from here.

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: 8.17 out of 10)

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14 Responses to “What Mad Universe”

  1. THX 1139 Says:

    Judging by her expression, the woman on the front cover has just clocked the cosplayer on the back cover.

  2. Bibliomancer Says:

    “Hold my beer!” — Paul Di Filippo

  3. JuanPaul Says:

    Ah, a lost treasure from Picasso’s Blue Period.

  4. fred Says:

    She is reacting as if she has never seen a moon before.

  5. Tom Noir Says:

    Smug cosplaying bastard.

  6. Raoul Says:

    OK, I give. What’s an “Arc Spy”?

  7. Bibliomancer Says:

    @Raoul – Don’t you hate it when people don’t read the whole book we’re making fun of before posting a comment.

    Or at least googling it . 🙂

  8. Anti-Sceptic Says:

    1. The little blue alien is trying to cop a feel.

    2. Do we really need to know Fredric Brown’s home address?

  9. B. Chiclitz Says:

    1. “Hey lady, stop shooting flaming abdomen bombs at my space ship. And tighten up that towel wrap!”

    2. Tired of being heckled as a clownish buffoon, Rudi Giuliani decides to upgrade his appearance.

  10. JuanPaul Says:

    How did cosplay get from that nerd to this?

  11. GSS ex-noob Says:

    The other front cover is much better, although the giant lady’s expression certainly conveys “mad” perfectly. This one’s 90% that one shade of blue. At least they only used one font.

    This being a satire, I dunno if it fits within the strict rules (koff koff) of GSS.

    And I love the back cover! Excellent period cosplay, and kudos to the publisher for putting it there. I’m guessing Arc spies and Lunans are in the book; haven’t read it in decades. Sure beats most author photos, with hands on chins looking Deep or gazing off into the distance looking Profound.

    Combine the other front cover with this back one and it’s perfect.

    @B’mancer: Nuh-uh, I ain’t clicking your link in (2). I’m still trying to brain-bleach that out, and have thanked my lucky stars I haven’t run into him at a con.

    @BC (9): GSS on both.

    @JP (10): Advances in fabric and other materials, including LEDs. Seriously. You can buy stuff off the shelf now that would have taken both a structural engineer and an expert tailor just a few decades ago, and many things that were simply impossible as they hadn’t been invented.

    Your question is the equivalent of asking “How did telephones get from Ma Bell clunkers plugged into the wall to iPhones?”

  12. A.R.Yngve Says:

    I’ve read the book, it’s a hilarious satire of pulpy space-opera.

  13. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @ARY: Which explains Fred’s get-up on the back cover.

    Which also serves as an eye chart. If you can read “author of What Mad Universe”, you don’t need glasses. If you think Fred’s an actual alien, you need glasses and a shrink.

  14. Emster Says:

    He should have known by their overly enthusiastic, “Great idea, Fred!” that the other authors at E.P. Dutton and Co. would not be following his lead and dressing like book characters for their dust jacket photos… bunch of heels…

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