Mar 02

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JuanPaul Comments: Looks like Gath forgot that the three of them are sharing an air system.

You might remember this from here.

Published 1973

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: 7.38 out of 10)

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13 Responses to “The Winds of Gath”

  1. THX 1139 Says:

    Their hair should be dry in no time!

  2. Francis Boyle Says:

    Oh, I do remember it and as I remember it it was fart jokes all the way down*.

    *Which turns out to be, you know, completely wrong (mumbles something about the mandela effect) but I’m on a fart joke run and I’m sticking to it. And at least one person on this cover has definitely smelt it.

  3. fred Says:

    It was Cath in the bath with the lathing gath. Sorry, I went and spoiled the next Clue movie.

  4. Bibliomancer Says:

    Dumb, Dumber and Dumarest

  5. Ryan Says:

    Congratulations, you have painted a cover that represents nothing whatsoever in the story!

  6. Tat Wood Says:

    Back in 1973 they were ahead of the curve, predicting that the 80s would see endless trouble with rock chics trying to get motorcyle helmets over Big Hair. And that Burt Reynolds would shave off his trademark tache in an attempt at getting serious roles.

    And that trying to get three people on a Harley meant that two of them had to ride side-saddle.

  7. THX 1139 Says:

    Non-snarky post: if you really need cheering up, check out Burt Reynolds interviewed by Steve Martin on The Tonight Show, it’s on YouTube in a few parts. Features ‘tache action!

  8. Alice Says:

    Someone explain how the damsel’s hair and bubble helmet are working here

  9. Griz Says:

    My very first question was “Is that a racoon on her head?”

  10. Bruce A Munro Says:

    So the winds are Time Winds?

    So today’s cover features three disembodied heads like the balls of a pawn shop, afloat in a nebula-heavy region of space with a rocket passing behind Goat Boy’s apparently transparent head. Not too bad, not great.

    @Alice: does look like her bubble helmet lacks a bottom. Perhaps they’re not for breathing purposes but to keep the Winds of Gath from blowing the Dirt of Gath in their eyes?

    The woman, as @Tat Wood points out, does appear to represent the era of Big Hair, the 80s perhaps, while Dumarest is from the Manly Squinting Men in Space! era. The third one is harder to place – the Creepy Photonegative Goat-Man Era remains obscure.

    @Bibliomancer: GSS!

  11. GSS ex-noob Says:

    Golly, it’s even worse than our previous version of this.

    Dumarest there is literally squinching his face up and away from her. Fart smell or just all the hairspray required for her look? (It really is uncannily predictive)

    @THX: They better be hair dryers and not spacesuit helmets, since hers obviously isn’t air-tight, with her hair sticking out of it.

    @B’man: It needed to be said, and you did. GSS.

    Showed it to Mr. xn. He said “At first glance, I thought it was a Doctor Who cover”. And that’s before we noticed the tagline at top.

  12. A. R. Yngve Says:

    The answer to your questions about that hair and that helmet is very, very simple:

    Women will accept bizarre space aliens, weird landscapes, impossible spaceships, hideous space suits, strange societies, all that jazz…

    … but they will never tolerate the sight of a woman with a ruined hairdo, under any circumstances – helmets be damned. As long as there is a single woman left in the universe who is prepared to buy or publish a book, such a cover shall not be published.

  13. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @ARY: In The Future, hairdressing is a high art, and an important, exalted calling.

    Hey, I just realized how a 70s book set in the far future can have 80s hair. It’s right there in the blurb: “all time eras meet”. There’s probably a flapper off-screen, a mohawked punk, someone with one of those Marie Antoinette sculptures, a shaggy Neanderthal…

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