Jul 01

Yeah, he's the guy who wrote 'Spartacus'Click for larger image

Jonathan Art Direction: What’s this? I told you the giant ant needs to be wearing a top hat. We’ll have to fix it with typography.

Tag Wizard Comments: Jonathan also helpfully forwards the note on the copyright page: ‘The Large Ant’ originally published as ‘The Big Ant’

Published 1961

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: 7.75 out of 10)

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17 Responses to “The Edge of Tomorrow”

  1. fred Says:

    Ant mocapped by Tom Cruise.

  2. THX 1139 Says:

    *Ant produces magnifying glass* “Now the tables are turned!”

  3. Bibliomancer Says:

    Step aside hacks. Let a “master writer” show you how to write science fiction!

  4. Francis Boyle Says:

    The Big Ant
    The Large Ant
    The Gi-Ant

    “Susie, get Asylum on the phone immediately.”

  5. Tat Wood Says:

    What kind of picnic could these humans be spoiling?

    (And, for 1961, a giant insect is about as Daringly Original and Wildly Imaginative as flying saucers. Or Martians opening a shop on 5th Avenue.)

  6. B. Chiclitz Says:

    Pathetic human. Your arms too short, and too few in number, to box with Ant.

  7. B. Chiclitz Says:

    Wait a minute—is this Science Fiction or F-antasy?

  8. Anna T. Says:

    I assume the ant either wants to invite the humans to tea, or have them with the tea.

  9. Francis Boyle Says:

    “Mr Fast, Asylum just got back to me. They’ve already finished The Gi-ant and they want the script for Gi-ant 2: Giant Vs Biguana* on their desk by Friday.

    *Apparently biguanas are a thing, in Florida. I blame Florida Man.

  10. JuanPaul Says:

    That moment when you’re taking trash about a giant ant, and you realize he’s standing right behind you.

  11. Tor Mented Says:

    “I wrote ‘Spartacus.'”
    “No, I wrote ‘Spartacus!'”
    “I wrote ‘Spartacus!'”

  12. Bruce A Munro Says:

    Looks like the artist just took the title of one of the short stories – “The Large Ant” – and _ran_ with it.

    (Ironically – and those who have read the story will understand why – things probably would have worked out better for humanity if the ant had actually been that big).

  13. B. Chiclitz Says:

    @Tor M—GSS! 😉

  14. GSS ex-noob Says:

    Evidently, judging from the numbers in the corner, this is one-half of Mr. Fast’s talent on display. And he never heard of the square-cube law. But neither did any of the hacks who’d done all the giant insect movies that filled cinemas in the years before this book.

    The artist certainly passed “Big Bug” class at UAI — that’s a very detailed, realistic (except for size) ant. Can’t say the same for the people.

    @THX, Francis, BC, Tor: GSS!

  15. A.R.Yngve Says:

    Howard Fast’s

  16. Bruce A Munro Says:

    @A.R. Yngve:
    No, I am Antacus!
    Come off it, you’re not even an arthropod.

  17. JuanPaul Says:

    This is a rare depiction of publishers consulting with the blurb ant . Three go in, only 2 come back.

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