Nov 23

Baen even has hair explosions

Good Show Sir comments: “Playmaster” was also the title of Hugh Hefner’s failed sadist magazine.

Thanks to Ryan for sending this in!

Published 1979

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: 4.13 out of 10)

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9 Responses to “The Playmasters”

  1. fred Says:

    Usually on a BAEN cover you can easily identify the alien. I must admit I’m having trouble with this one.

  2. Francis Boyle Says:

    I think the cat’s the alien. From the look on it’s face it’s certainly smart enough to know that’s it’s on a terrible cover.

  3. Max Bathroom Says:

    Shouldn’t the cover model take her trousers off before using a blow dryer on her bum hair?

  4. GSS ex-noob Says:

    Cuz sure, sitting on a floating disk is so much more practical than a comfy chair. And the gravity’s all wrong. She and the panther appear to be sitting firmly on the disk, yet her hair is doing the zero-G thing. Maybe her war is on the ozone layer and she has way too much product/spray on. She might have lacquered it up like that.

    Kitteh is definitely unhappy. “ME NO LIEK DIS.” Hopefully it will claw her and get away.

    GSS to the mouseover text! Explosions for everything!

    Are we sure this is two authors, or is it one guy named Rod John Martin Dalmas?

  5. Emster Says:

    Yes, the cover is less Baen-y than usual… alien shampoo model and large soulful (possibly talking?) kittah could be cut and pasted onto any background of following book title attempts:

    Show Cats of Vegas Prime
    The Panther, the Witch, and the Space Probe
    The Cat about to Mauls
    A Familiar in the Frangible Joints

    @GSS x-n: it’s not just a laser cat, it’s a bazooka cat!

  6. Hammy Says:

    Dang, that’s cat’s got a looooong tail, or it is attached in quite the wrong place on its bottom. See how is comes curving up right at the edge of the mega-blowdryer – and it’s curved in such a way that is has to have curved under the lip, then back out to clear the edge….

  7. Tracy Says:

    If I was the artist I would have curved the tail around to the front, hiding that horrible finger-toed right foot. There! Two problems solved.

  8. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @Tracy: Must have missed the class in dealing with the “feet are hard to draw” problem at UAI.

    As @Hammy pointed out, kitty’s got enough tail to do that.

    But all her appendages are weird, I guess that’s how you know she’s an alien?

    @Emster: Possibly even a cannon cat, if we read the tail as the string you pull to fire it! Shoots out deadly hairballs, maybe.

    GSS for your titles! She better have cheezburger handy!

  9. A. R. Yngve Says:

    You know how it’s said that a decade doesn’t begin or end at the calendar dates…

    Print proof here, that the 80s began before 1980.

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