Jan 29

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Back Cover Blurb

Good Show Sir Comments: “Talk about mud-flaps, my girl’s got ’em” – David St. Hubbins

You might remember this from here.

Published 1980

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: 8.81 out of 10)

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22 Responses to “Transit”

  1. Longtime_Lurker Says:

    Don’t quite know what to make of this. Remploy was a major job-finder for disabled people in the UK—ran quite a few businesses and apparently had a publishing operation.

  2. THX 1139 Says:

    “All right, take your bloody lawnmower back!”

  3. THX 1139 Says:

    *Reads blurb* “Perhaps unfortunately” is the phrase that stands out here.

  4. Bibliomancer Says:

    Lovely landscape art. Perhaps this is a Bob Ross?

  5. Ray P Says:

    Carry on campers? Blurb makes it out to be Love Island meets Predators with Arthur Dent type Englishman.

    No six-legged rabbits on the cover because legs are hard.

  6. Ryan Says:

    Next time, they would host their Lakeside Dance Rave further away from Urusla Andress and her Aggressive Armed Response Anonymous group campfire.

  7. fred Says:

    Betty and Veronica having a little disagreement.

  8. Raoul Says:

    No wonder she’s so angry. The poor woman is a scoliosis sufferer.

  9. Tor Mented Says:

    This is the part of her Native-American background that Elizabeth Warren doesn’t talk about.

  10. Rick Deckard Says:

    I’d recognize that back and side boob anywhere. It’s Thuvia!

  11. Ray P Says:

    War between the rival tribes of Essex.

  12. B. Chiclitz Says:

    Yes sir, this here is high class science fiction. No bug-eyed monsters here, no way. Only six-legged rabbits. Very sophisticated.

    Also, do you think Richard Avery, the “unsuccessful artist,” did the cover?

  13. Bibliomancer Says:

    @BC – Richard Avery is a graduate of the Unsuccessful Artist Institute. A different, and much larger, art school.

  14. B. Chiclitz Says:

    @Bibliomancer—I think that school failed its last accreditation review. Now it’s known as “The Unsuccessful Unsuccessful Artist Institute,” and has forged an exclusive agreement with Chinese GSS to provide all their covers.

  15. JuanPaul Says:

    She wants those mid-life crisis men to transit their Tribal Retreat somewhere else.

  16. Bibliomancer Says:

    @B. Chiclitz – Let’s not forget the often forgotten Unknown Unsuccessful Artist Institute, whose graduates mostly end up painting those lines down the middle of the road.

  17. B. Chiclitz Says:

    @B’Mancer—I think I recently saw one of those. I recognized it because the painter was trying to draw feet on the yellow lines, unsuccessfully.

  18. Bruce A Munro Says:

    So is the blonde woman the physically superior adversary?

    I feel a bit sorry about the chaps in white loincloths, who seem to be rather unprepared to deal with the blonde menace and her quick-draw crossbow: the one with the spears clearly has no notion of what to do with them, and the fellow with the rock has clearly picked one too large to throw across the river, perhaps misinformed on rock-tossing by bad SF art.

    The woman in back is haplessly trying to beat out a fire with a black picnic blanket, I assume, something which will probably end in tears even if she isn’t hit by the second flaming arrow (which is burning as if the tree it came from was made of matchsticks), while the white haired (wigged? Stocking capped?) chap in red and brown seems to be beating his chest with his fists, perhaps in a ritual display of aggression.

  19. DaveM Says:

    It’s the (flaming) crossbow bolt that keeps worrying me. A medieval crossbow being fired on an upwards angle like that would have a range of at least 180m (200 yards) up to about 320m (350 yards), so either that bolt is very top heavy (while still being aerodynamic) or it’s a perspective problem and she’s firing at giants. Either way having no spare bolts to reload with is going to be a bit of a worry when they regroup.

  20. GSS ex-noob Says:

    So I see “side boob” is apparently a requirement for this cover, also appearing on the previous iteration.

    At least they’re on a planet with air instead of floating in outer space this time. But there till aren’t any shadows.

    What sort of get-up is that on the person up right, in red? Doesn’t match anyone else.

    “perhaps unfortunately”? WTF, blurb writer.

    Isn’t this “perspective problems”? I can’t quite get the damsel’s boobage, the distance across the stream, the size of the flaming arrow, and the teeny-tiny too small to stand up in teepee to all work in one picture. Ah, well, the quote from Mr. St. Hubbins explains it all — the Tap always had problems of scale.

    @L_L: I guess having difficulty with proper 3-D vision is a disability?

    @B’man: Bob wouldn’t have put in the people. Maybe someone took one of his happy little tree landscapes and jammed more on.

    @Raoul: Also a disability.

    @Ryan: My money’s on Ursula.

    @Rick Deckard: Exactly! GSS!

  21. Bruce A Munro Says:

    @DaveM: or it just could be a shitty crossbow.

  22. A.R.Yngve Says:

    Must be one of those “Easy-to-Read” books they had at the school library.

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