Dec 11

Hmm. Why did I think sitting on the tail of this shuttle would be comfortable.Click for full image

Guy sits uncomfortably on the tail of a space shuttle. Don’t forget huge shiny text. And we’ll have to quote another one of her books, something that will really appeal to those hardcore Sci-Fi readers. Oh oh! I know. Dragons of Pern. Ace!

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: 7.20 out of 10)

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11 Responses to “Pegasus in Flight”

  1. Simon Says:

    Typically hideous US typography aside this isn’t so much terrible as really, really puzzling.

    Why is the man sitting on the shuttle?
    Is he really big or the shuttle really small?
    Is he doing yoga or trying and failing to sit crosslegged in the insouciant (James Bond) English manner (ankle to knee)?
    Is the shuttle suspended on string?
    If so, why?

    It’s beyond me. Perhaps the book makes it clear.

    (Hint to publisher – covers which require you to read the book before you can understand them are not helpful as the first thing by which a reder will judge the book.)

  2. Adam Roberts Says:

    Best I can reckon it: the A in ‘pegAsus’ is the Hideous Font-Spider of Doom; it has woven itself a web of pure Font and snagged a fly the size of the space shuttle.

  3. SI Says:

    Why are lasers coming from the shuttle trying to destroy the flight word? Maybe it needs to get it out of the way or they’ll crash.

  4. CSA Says:

    The dufe’s posture is very confusing, and the ‘A’ is pretty special looking.

    SI: maybe it’s the flight word that is shooting lasers at the shuttle? No, that’s just stupid… i’ll go now…

  5. little mi Says:

    He’s not sitting on the shuttle he’s doing an excited irish style folksy jig. Hence the big woollen jumper and floppy hair.

  6. MathInLA Says:

    Thing is, the cover fits the contents there. Peter, the boy there, is paralyzed from the neck down, but regains the use of his body through telekinesis. He’s actually the most powerful telekinetic on the planet, and his education, development, and eventual involvement in the space program– along with the politics thereof and discrimination against the psychics of the world– form the thrust of the book. It’s fairly symbolic but, Peter + Shuttle is pretty much a good metaphor for the main plotline.

  7. Nix Says:

    No, it’s a good metaphor for the plotline of the *next* book. This book only features telekinetic control of shuttle at one point, and Peter never actually sees it and certainly is never close to it.

    And why is the shuttle connected to the word ‘flight’ with parachute cords anyway?

    Sorry, this is just a bad cover.

  8. Mark Worthen Says:

    Psst! Dragons of Pern *is* science fiction. Although not great science. Two passing planets would cause a lot more damage, and fiery thread would be the least of the problems.

  9. Domini Says:

    Yep, this is fairly accurate to the story. Peter is actually paralyzed from the neck down and he uses telekinesis to move around–unlike all the coverart that has floating people in awkward positions for no dang reason!

  10. Anna T. Says:

    Tip: If the cover features someone who looks like they need an actual chair, as opposed to a non-appearing invisible one, due to their awkward position – regardless of actual in-story reasons for said awkward position – the art needs some re-doing.

    Also, I was under the impression that Peter uses his telekinesis to appear non-paralyzed, and that means using it to move his body like a normal, non-paralyzed individual. That position does not fit the bill.

  11. anon Says:

    The rocket swing wasn’t enough to cheer him up.

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