Aug 24

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Chauncy comments: “Thrilling non-stop sci-fi action!” — Field and Stream

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: 5.45 out of 10)

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16 Responses to “The Visitors”

  1. fred Says:

    It takes more than one person from Porlock to throw Izaak Walton off his game.

  2. THX 1139 Says:

    The only way this could be less exciting is if he was smoking a pipe.

  3. Bibliomancer Says:

    “This cover had me hooked!” — the fish

  4. Tor Mented Says:

    They reused the cover from “Trout Fishing in America.”

  5. fred Says:

    Italian cover for people who would like a maid in peril over a fly fisherman.

  6. Francis Boyle Says:

    That’s not pubic hair? So why does it look like pubic hair?

  7. Raoul Says:

    Wow. Imagine it’s 1980 and you forgot to send back the Science Fiction Book Club monthly selection card and THIS arrives in the mail.

  8. Ryan Says:

    Originally an illustration for Field & Stream, this cover was deemed too boring for that publication, and was thus dumped on the SciFi market.

  9. B. Chiclitz Says:

    @Francis B—Wait until he tries to finish that cast and sees what he’s hooked on the backswing. Then there’ll be some action on this cover!

  10. JuanPaul Says:

    They all mocked him for bringing his fly rod on a 4 year interstellar journey, but who’s laughing now? Clearly not our protagonist. Fly fishing is serious business.

  11. daard23 Says:

    Ugh, Here’s my 10 minute Photoshop version:

  12. THX 1139 Says:

    But he does enjoy heart healthy food.

  13. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @Raoul: I would have a) been used to SFBC covers b) known enough about Simak to know that most of his books are set in the rural Midwest and been unsurprised to see this c) resolved to send the damn card in next time because this is a short book I already read in Analog.

    Also if you sent enough books Return to Sender unopened back to them, they eventually quit making you send the card in!

    (The black oblong is The Visitor. It abducts the dude but no probing.)

    @Tag: At least you got a new tag out of this one. Do any of our previous years’ worth depict “fishing”?

  14. Tat Wood Says:

    By the standards of the terrible covers Simak used to get, this is at least vaguely appropriate.

    When I read his stuff, I usually have a voice in my head a bit like JR Hartley.

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  16. A. R. Yngve Says:

    Strangely enough, the “Science Fiction Fishing” sub-genre never took off.

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