Jan 30

Did you ever stare at your hand when you were tripping?Click for larger image

Bellatrix Comments: A two-fer: “The Best of A.E. van Vogt” and “The Worst of Harry Bennett”.

Published 1976

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: 6.25 out of 10)

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11 Responses to “The Best of A.E. van Vogt”

  1. Bruce A Munro Says:

    Skeleton lady discovers stabbing yourself in the hand really hurts.

  2. THX 1139 Says:

    “Oh I do like to be beside the homicide…”

  3. Francis Boyle Says:

    This would make a great cover for Fear and Loathing in Ancient Egypt were there to be such a book. For any other book, not so much.

  4. fred Says:

    ‘Lifeforce’ sun tan lotion. Get a tan and lose weight at the same time.

  5. Ryan Says:

    Honestly, there are huge swathes of late 60s and 70s science fiction that I never read purely because of the off-putting and dumba$$ covers like this one.

    Who (except for serious Vogt fans in 1976 who are also completists) would look at this book and think, “Yeah, I need to spend two bucks on this!”

    Lots of good stories, hidden forever from readers by the fecal montages featured on the front.

  6. Bibliomancer Says:

    She’s screaming because she just saw herself on the cover of this book.

  7. Tor Mented Says:

    I’m not sure if the woman should be screaming or singing opera.

  8. Tat Wood Says:

    Someone misunderstood the term ‘beach body’.

  9. GSS ex-noob Says:

    I don’t recall a scene like this in any of van Vogt’s books. So it’s yet another example of the stuff what put @Ryan off SF in his younger years.

    @Francis: We also would have accepted it as a cover for a book titled “Snowdrift Mummy Massacre”.

  10. A.R.Yngve Says:

    A hilarious mix-up by the printer led to this book release… in the same week as the book THE SOCIOLOGY OF MODERN ART IN BRITAIN was released with a Chris Foss cover.

  11. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @ARY: And nobody noticed much in either case.

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