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Dr Bob Art Direction: Gimme some cavemen in well-laundered loincloths and a mammoth which can scratch the top of its own head with its tusks.

Published 1989

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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12 Responses to “A Different Flesh”

  1. THX 1139 Says:

    “To um osteopath!”

  2. A.R.Yngve Says:

    A DIFFERENT FLESH
    – made from soy and frozen Neanderthal corpses found in the Siberian tundra.
    You won’t believe it’s not beef!
    Available in all major supermarket chains.

  3. fred Says:

    Without reading the blurb the first word that came into my mind wasn’t ‘romp’ but ‘pink???’
    If it’s Turtledove what is the over/under on the number of pages? 800?

  4. JuanPaul Says:

    Is the guy in the lower right far away or very small?

  5. Dr Bob Says:

    @fred – it is a mere 260 pages.
    Is it just me, or does Caveman #2 look like Elvis?

  6. drlemaster Says:

    Which one is Dick Blade?

  7. Bibliomancer Says:

    Asimov’s: We Have The MeatsĀ®

  8. Tat Wood Says:

    Morrissey takes Elvis on a new kind of Quorn Hunt.

  9. Bruce A Munro Says:

    @fred – this was written back when Turtledove was minor enough to be disciplined by an editor.

    @JuanPaul – either way, Very Stupid, since he’s trying to attack a mammoth head on with just a spear.

    The artist probably didn’t know much about Alternate History but was clear on this being a Science Fiction novel, so he’s thrown in a standard Futuristic City in the background and a glowy SFnal Sky (Is that supposed to be an Aurora Borealis or something along those lines?). He also probably didn’t read very much of the book, since I’m almost certain the critters in the novel are described as more ape-like.

    Really, it’s not the worst cover: this is what my first copy of this book looked like:
    https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/b/b4/A_Different_Flesh.jpg/220px-A_Different_Flesh.jpg

  10. B. Chiclit Says:

    I think caveman # 2 looks more like Jack Palance in one of his juicier roles.

  11. Francis Boyle Says:

    Get your Barbieā„¢ Caveman set now. Pink mammoth wagon sold separately.

  12. GSS ex-noob Says:

    This is a pretty good book, wherein the New World isn’t populated by Native Americans but by Homo erectus. Who didn’t look like the people on this cover. Nor was North America so pink.

    Anyway, the H.e. become the slaves instead of kidnapped Africans, and there aren’t any Westerns. Prehistoric beasties survive because the H.e. had the hunting skills of guy in the right corner.

    It’s so short because it’s just a set of short stories with linking material that appeared in Asimov’s. The last story is set in the late 1980’s, so the cities look exactly like our regular cities.

    I can only figure the art director/cover layout person had binge-watched all the episodes of this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dEjXPY9jOx8
    on VHS before creating this pink and turquoise cover. Seriously.

    @B’man: I actually LOL.

    @Bruce: I had the same edition. Did not read it on the bus. I wasn’t put off by it since I had a subscription to Asimov’s and had thus read the stories, but I’m not sure it brought in the punters. Or that this one did either.

    This is the vanishingly rare case where the Baen cover is actually the best of the lot!

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