Apr 14

Dali Day at the Unknown Artist InstituteClick for larger image

Stevie T Comments: I have no words, except maybe โ€œwhat the….โ€
[Cover artist: unknown, possibly in hiding].

You might remember this from here.

Published 1972

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: 4.17 out of 10)

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12 Responses to “A Trace of Memory”

  1. THX 1139 Says:

    One helluva sneeze went into ruining this cover.

  2. A.R.Yngve Says:

    All his life, Salvador Dali pretended that he had never, ever painted an SF book cover. That dark secret died with him…

  3. fred Says:

    I hope their skill level with weaponized LP’s is better than that shown in ‘Shaun of the Dead”.

  4. JuanPaul Says:

    Soldier of fortune isn’t a good career choice for a loser.

  5. Bruce A Munro Says:

    On the other hand, this works as a symbolic representation of the “plotting” in some of his later novels.

  6. Tor Mented Says:

    The artist was told to depict a record fart.

  7. Bruce A Munro Says:

    @A.R. Yngve: “Welcome to planet Dali. Here’s your complementary giant mustache. The stilt-legged elephant stand is down the corridor, past the anthropomorphic gift shop”

  8. GSS ex-noob Says:

    And just when you thought it couldn’t get worse than the previous cover for this book, the truth of GSS is borne out: the covers can ALWAYS get worse.

    “Piling up random objects atop a female torso” must be a course at UAI.

    @Bruce: Presumably one can buy half-melted watches in the gift shop?

    And Laumer was really never the same after his stroke.

  9. B. Chiclitz Says:

    Laumer was so desperate to make the NYT Best Seller list, he asked the cover artist to work in a subtle product placement.

  10. Bruce A Munro Says:

    @GSS ex-noob: I was thinking of adding that, but decided I had strung the gag on long enough. ๐Ÿ™‚

    I don’t blame Laumer for continuing to write and sympathetic editors continuing to buy – an SF writer has gotta eat – but his post-stroke efforts really haven’t been to the benefit of his reputation.

    I don’t much enjoy surrealism as a form of SF cover art – I’ll take Frank Paul, lumpy-looking human characters and all, over Richard Powers and every one of his hairy, spiky blobs.

  11. Francis Boyle Says:

    Seventies SF covers: Where bad surrealists go to a fish.

  12. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @Bruce: thanks for leaving the obvious punch line for me.

    I never liked covers like this either. Very off-putting. People with no feet and anatomical issues are preferred to stuff like this.

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