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Jun 02

A Master of OafsClick for larger image

Rick Deckard Comments: His Escher girlfriend appears to be both inside and outside the spaceship.

Published 1990

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: 5.57 out of 10)
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14 Responses to “A Matter of Oaths”

  1. Francis Boyle Says:

    Low rent STTNG knock-offs I get but why the faux-Greek text and where the hell is the black hole it’s apparently being sucked into?

  2. Bruce A Munro Says:

    @Francis Boyle: I think that’s just the chair. Outside is your standard Ridiculously Crowded Asteroid Belt (as seen in Star Wars – which may have also influenced the “ascending into the heavens” look of the title)

    Is that a radiation symbol sticker on sprawling dude’s wrist? (Look at the larger image).

  3. THX 1139 Says:

    Domestic bliss of the future: “Get up, put a light on, have a shave, mow the lawn, empty the recycling, just DO SOMETHING!”

  4. fred Says:

    ‘Thith ith what you get Oath for thwearing you would jutht thit on your ath in your maththage chair in thith God forthaken athteroid belt if you ever thtopped being a thpace thmuggler. Bored thilly.’

  5. Cornelius Says:

    As a special ops captain, he was entitled to a captain’s chair with wing mirrors.

  6. B. Chiclitz Says:

    If ever a cover screamed “fast-paced,” “inventive” and”attention-holding,” it’s not thith one. Also, I wonder if the second “H” in “C. J. Cherryh” is pronounced?

  7. BMunro Says:

    @B. Chiclitz: According to the old rec.arts.sf.written FAQ,

    “C. J. Cherryh’s original last name was Cherry. The terminal H is
    silent. The H was added because her first editor thought that Cherry
    sounded too much like a romance writer. Her brother, artist David
    Cherry, retains the original spelling.”

  8. GSS ex-noob Says:

    I blinked and adjusted my glasses upon seeing this. Nope, not my eyes or the lenses, just font problems.

    Of course he’s got a radiation sticker, what with the black hole so near and his girl phasing in and out. Schroedinger’s Bimbo.

    I’m not sure I can handle the “fast-paced” action of a guy sulking in his oversize chair and the woman who’s had quite enough of that, thank you.

    It’th thupid.

  9. Ryan Says:

    I have seen better Space-Captain’s-Chairs on covers: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Warrior%27s_Apprentice#/media/File:Warriorsapprentice.jpg

  10. Bruce A Munro Says:

    @Ryan: needs arm rests. (Miles clearly doesn’t know what to do with his arms).

  11. Ryan Says:

    @Bruce: I have always interpreted the cover as, “Miles sulking in his captain’s chair because he is dressed as a camp Nazi while everyone else gets to be fabulous.”

  12. Helen Says:

    The ‘girlfriend’ is actually a representation of an old woman who is his boss…

  13. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @Ryan: Bujold refers to this cover as the one with “Taura’s tactical nightie”.

    And if you know Taura, you know she doesn’t look like that at all — she was create by a Dr. Moreau kinda guy.

    As for this book, I’m thinking about @fred’s lisp idea. Maybe the title’s really “A Matter of Oafs”. Exhibit A: chair dude.

  14. A. R. Yngve Says:

    OK, you’re really going to hate me for this one… here goes:


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