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Halloween party at the Simaks!Click for larger image

Good Show Sir Comments: Don’t be scared little buddy. It’s just me, Cliff!

Published 2006

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: 7.67 out of 10)

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22 Responses to “Physician to the Universe”

  1. THX 1139 Says:

    “OK, you can have the gold – but it means the colour’s out!”

  2. Bruce A Munro Says:

    Physician to the Universe: “Nothing to worry about!”

    Sick aliens/dinosaurs/Romans/Space Gimps: “Why are you wearing a spacesuit then?”

  3. Cornelius Says:

    So the Romans conquered Egypt by riding dinosaurs?

  4. fred Says:

    Bend over and cough. Got that one out of the way.

  5. JuanPaul Says:

    I sure hope they all have universal health care!

  6. Bibliomancer Says:

    Now everybody smile for the cover picture.
    Hey, what’s up with you grumpy aliens?

  7. Tor Mented Says:

    I feel like Cliff is about to utter a famous line from “Spaceballs.”
    “I knew it. I’m surrounded by @ssholes!”

  8. Bibliomancer Says:

    Who else is seeing Philadelphia City Hall with the statue of Billy Penn on the top?

  9. B. Chiclitz Says:

    @B’Mancer—I see him, and I think he’s holding the end of Ben’s kite string, discovering electricity!

  10. Bruce A Munro Says:

    @Bibliomancer @6: “We’re annoyed because we don’t actually appear in any of Simak’s stories.”

  11. Francis Boyle Says:

    The Universe to physician: “Nah, I’m good thanks!”

  12. Tor Mented Says:

    Older people sometimes have trouble with technology. Could someone adjust Cliff’s helmet for him?

  13. fred Says:

    Looks like a lot of Dr Who stuff on this cover.

  14. Tat Wood Says:

    @fred: the dinosaur would be saying’K-Klakk!’

  15. GSS ex-noob Says:

    I don’t think the dino’s surprised. He looks more sarcastic to me. Making a snarky remark like Uncle Deadly the Muppet (and using that voice).

    Is Ben Franklin “Sir Not Appearing In This Scene”?

    Can Cliff see out the sides of that helmet? Never mind BEHIND YOU.

    I don’t remember any stories featuring doctors, Romans, or pyramids, but I haven’t read all his works.

  16. A. R. Yngve Says:

    Clifford D. Simak was literally the last person in the universe I’d ever expect to say “Bring out the Gimp!”

  17. drlemaster Says:

    Which one is Emily Elizabeth?

  18. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @ARY: Same here.

    Maybe this book is from an alternate universe where Cliff wasn’t the picture of Midwestern conventionality.

  19. Emster Says:

    Wait… there’s also a Volume 1 to this mess? Has anyone immortalized the cover within the web pages of GSS yet?

  20. Longtime_Lurker Says:

    @Emster: Vol 1 was called Eternity Lost ( and apparently had the same “artwork” on its cover. Ye gods, at $45 a copy even a small press should have been able to get a decent cover.

  21. Bruce A Munro Says:

    When you enlarge the picture, Clifford Simak’s mouth looks seriously wrong.

    @Longtime_Lurker: Indeed. Haffner press, for instance, for their Jack Williamson collections, simply used the original colorful pulp SF illustrations, and it looks a lot better.

  22. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @Bruce: We have a collected Ted Sturgeon by them, and they used the same layout, with the original pulp cover for “Killdozer!”

    We have a number of the limited edition collections put out by Worldcons (often by NESFA Press) and at least of the ones we have, the covers aren’t scary.

    I think the artist’s signature is standing in for Ben Franklin.

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