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Jun 30

As Scooby would say: Roe RoeClick for larger image

Good Show Sir Comments: This would make a great cover for a Sturgeon book.

Thanks to Ryan for sending this in.

Published 1982

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: 5.25 out of 10)
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21 Responses to “A Bait of Dreams”

  1. Tor Mented Says:

    Ninety-nine bait of a dreams on the floor.
    Ninety-nine bait of a dreams.
    Take one kind and then go blind.
    Ninety-nine baits of a dreams.

  2. Cornelius Says:

    “…99 …100! Coming, ready or not!”

  3. Max Bathroom Says:

    “Knock it off, will you? There’s nothing in the rules that says I can’t use a marble that big.”

  4. JuanPaul Says:

    Look at all this ecstasy! Let’s start a festival!

  5. Francis Boyle Says:

    Those alien jewels, sure. But these alien jewels, they’re fine. Dive right in.

  6. fred Says:

    Mr. Kelly died this month.

    https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-news/ken-kelly-artist-kiss-destroyer-love-gun-covers-dead-obit-1363197/

  7. Tor Mented Says:

    But … as the Supreme Court would say … No Roe.

  8. Bruce A Munro Says:

    I see this has spawned a bunch of fishy jokes. I suspect everyone’s trawling for compliments, although I cod be mistaken.

  9. fred Says:

    Caviar cave I are.

  10. GSS ex-noob Says:

    So who’s having the ecstasy and who’s got damnation?

    How big was the fish that spawned caviar as big as your kneecap and that high up? Perhaps the damnation comes when you realize you’re never going to get that smell out of your boots and tights.

    And what’s the deal with her hands/claws?

    @JP: GSS!

    @Tor: much too soon. But good pun.

    @Tag: need “booties”.

  11. Bruce A Munro Says:

    Bob was able to protect himself from the eggy sight with his lack of object permanence, but Alice had no such escape, and found herself unable to even use jazz hands.

  12. Emster Says:

    The whole GSS gang just made my day.

  13. fred Says:

    It’s a wrap around cover. Even more caviar goodness.

    https://www.etsy.com/listing/963210578/jo-clayton-a-bait-of-dreams-1985-science

  14. Lars of Mars Says:

    One of a small number of Jo Clayton covers on this site that doesn’t prominently feature a female backside…

  15. Hammy Says:

    Okay, I can’t figure this out.

    She’s surprised, and he’s grossed out – because a giant fish egg hatched a bunch of small fish eggs? Or did the alien jewels bounce off the floor and into his eyes? That’s the only way I can see they’d be any danger.

  16. A. R. Yngve Says:

    Worst. Spelling bee. Ever.

  17. The Real Zarth Arn Says:

    “My eyes! The goggles do nothing!”

  18. B. Chiclitz Says:

    UAI Instructor: And so, class, when the low misty fog thing doesn’t work with the rest of the cover, and there’s no tall grass or wading pond around, you’ll just have to place your characters shin-deep in slimy fish eggs to avoid having to draw feet.

  19. A. R. Yngve Says:

    “You rub this stuff in your face, see…? It really does clean your pores and gets rid of the acne.”

  20. Emster Says:

    Fun fact I just learned (but several of you savvy SF experts probably already know): Bill Mumy wrote the verses to the cult classic song “Fish Heads”, so:

    Chorus: Fish eggs, fish eggs
    The jewels look like fish eggs
    Fish eggs, fish eggs
    A Bait of Dreams, hmmm?

    Where are the aliens? All we see are fish eggs
    Quit stompin’ on them, they’re gonna be goop

    Chorus (in your best falsetto!)

    Lots of puns with fish eggs, they are the REAL jewels
    Unsuspecting cover we just mocked

    Chorus (really loud this time!)

  21. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @Emster: Bravo! He’s also one of the singers. I don’t know who’s responsible for the falsetto.

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