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Sally B. Comments: I can’t figure out what’s happening with his girlfriend. Is her left arm exploding? Is he sitting on her right foot?

Published 1981

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: 7.00 out of 10)

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24 Responses to “The Silver Metal Lover”

  1. Bruce A Munro Says:

    Ah, another “Middle School Watercolorist” sort of cover.

    The woman’s posture is…odd. She seems to have an arm around Silver Dude – presumably concealed by the guitar – but her legs look as if she’s trying to push him off that pot or planter or whatever he’s sitting on. [1] I suppose she’s supposed to be sitting, too, but on what? Her posterior is well clear of the stairs, and there doesn’t seem to be enough room on the pot for two. Perhaps the Silver Metal Lover comes with built-in seating he can extrude from his hips?

    The buildings in the background look vague and of dubious construction (check that building on the right somehow imitating a tornado funnel, or the transparent dome on the left filled most with stairs and gummy bear people) and indeed the background as a whole is a sparkly suggestion of a world with little substance.

    [1] Not very comfortable, I’d think, but a Silver Metal Butt presumably is resilient.

  2. THX 1139 Says:

    “Tell me about the time you met Donovan…”

  3. Francis Boyle Says:

    An the award for egregious colour-coding goes to. . .

  4. fred Says:

    It’s like Woodstock with the good acid.

  5. JuanPaul Says:

    Where on the heavy metal spectrum is Silver Metal? I’m thinking somewhere near avant-garde and progressive metal. With a touch of Donovan.

  6. Tat Wood Says:

    ‘Do you know anything by Dee D. Jackson?’

  7. Ryan Says:

    The Silver Metal in the title is actually referring to the composition of the most excellent Stool / Bongo Drum.

    Everyone on the world LOVES to sit upon the unique Silver Metal Stool / Bongo Drum, and this scene depicts a wandering space minstrel and onesie enthusiast, who arose early to get there first this morning, being edged off his perch by the local owner of a New Age Crystal and Healing Herb shop.

    Less athletic admirers sit and have breakfast and watch the combat over coffee in The Blob, the local circular / globular building across the way.

  8. A.R.Yngve Says:

    “It’s the year 2300 AD, a dark future where cosmic radiation has destroyed good taste…”

  9. A.R.Yngve Says:

    And why isn’t the guitar bright orange or neon green?

  10. GSS ex-noob Says:

    Didn’t need to see the tags — or even the whole cover — to know it’s SFBC.

    I think she may be unconscious. Perhaps the Silver Metal Lullaby has put her to sleep. Or she took something to put her out so she didn’t have to hear his tunes.

    I also think the tornado is hoovering up her the shoulder of her dress. Or perhaps providing enough lift to keep her hovering in that position, since Mr. Silver there isn’t sharing the… flower pot… traffic bollard… conga drum?

    In further ridiculous romance cover news, I bring you this.

    The gent’s name is “Wrath”.
    His friends hight “Phury” and “Rhage”.
    There are 17 more of these.

  11. Bibliomancer Says:

    She’s definitely not The Heavy Metal Lover

  12. Verylatetotheparty Says:

    He just has to be singing ‘Starman’ – while they both wait for the future barbecue on the left to be ready.

  13. Bruce A Munro Says:

    Of course, there are worse options than the “fuzzy pot smoke” look:

  14. Francis Boyle Says:


    Kudos for finding a link to that one. I think the ghost of Tanith Lee is systematically erasing it from the internet.

  15. Ray P Says:

    The cooler Mork & Mindy. “I’ve found a silver machine.”

  16. Tracy Says:

    What, no one’s said yet how wonky his left foot, and both her feet, look?

  17. Bruce A Munro Says:

    @Tracy: I guess we’re all becoming quite jaded about bad feet. We should give the artist some props for owning their incompetence and not covering up the feet with random rocks or ground mist.

  18. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @Bruce: It’s conceivable that his feet or his boots are shaped weird, so really her feet are the only dodgy ones. And not so badly done as to scare one at a first, quick glance.

    Art schools obviously need to double their coursework on feet.

  19. A. R. Yngve Says:

    The gleaming city of the future was awakened by the android’s guitar and voice…

    “SMOOOKE ON THE WAAATER, fire in the sky…!”

  20. fred Says:

    Janis Joplin and Tom Jones done wore themselves out.

  21. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @fred: GSS! Great find!

    I was just wondering if the woman was inflatable or a floppy mannequin or something. It would explain her position and her ability to perch on the tiniest part of the… let’s go with seat. Maybe he’s a ventriloquist?

  22. fred Says:

    She’s a figment of his musical imagination.

  23. Bruce A Munro Says:

    @fred: they’re both figments of some woman by the name of Tanith. (Is that a _real_ name?) Or maybe some dude called “Rob.”

  24. Tor Mented Says:

    I thought that Tanith Lee is what you use to revive The Mummy.

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