Mar 20

What, Me Worry?

Emster comments: Galactic Zoo Manager: The horned owlbear has escaped again. Good luck catching it, it’s got eyes in the back of its head…

Published 1971

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: 6.20 out of 10)

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19 Responses to “Best SF: 1969”

  1. Leak Says:

    Did they just throw eyes at this thing to see where they’d stick?

  2. Max Bathroom Says:

    Now I wonder if Gary Gygax ever read that collection?

  3. fred Says:

    Don’t feed Grogu after midnight.

  4. Tat Wood Says:

    I do hope Berkley sent a copy of this edition to Anthony Burgess and DM Thomas.

  5. Bruce A Munro Says:

    On this week’s episode of “Pigs in Space”…

  6. JuanPaul Says:

    The best of the best of the best sci Fi stories of the year…it’s the best!

  7. Tor Mented Says:

    Pareidolia is the tendency for perception to impose a meaningful interpretation on a nebulous stimulus, usually visual, so that one sees an object, pattern, face or meaning where there is none.

  8. Tracy Says:

    Kitty photobombed it on the bottom with her paw!

  9. B. Chiclitz Says:

    @Tor M—We used to call that the “Face in the Tree” phenomenon around here. Haven’t seen many lately, tho. 😉

  10. Francis Boyle Says:

    I don’t remember 1969 to have been so cutesy and pink but then I was a bit young for all the best drugs.

  11. GSS ex-noob Says:

    Best SF:1969 –maybe.
    Best Cover:1969 — nope.

    @fred, Bruce, JP: GSS!

    @Tracy: Kitty knows that thing ain’t right; she’s trying to gut it.

    @FB: In girls’ products, hot pink, that purple, and the orange of the paw, plus cutesiness were right on target. Maybe since UKLG was in, they thought they should use it all?

    (Narrator: They had gotten a bad batch of the supposedly-best drugs before they thought that.)

  12. A. R. Yngve Says:

    This isn’t an unusual image! When those TikTokers and SnapChatters overdo the face filters, they end up looking just like that.

  13. Emster Says:

    Would not be surprised if the majority of the GSS gang is Pareidolic, as we gravitate to the messiest of book covers. We’re in good company with da Vinci and Shakespeare. Got a couple of wall plugs staring at me right now…

  14. B. Chiclitz Says:

    Now that you mention it, I’m pretty sure I see the famous portrait by Hyacinthe Rigaud of Louis XIV in that creature’s nose.

  15. Emster Says:

    @BC: you’ve got a case of Advanced Pareidolia! (I’m not sure if that’s a thing, but in my mind, it’s a lot of fun). With a little squinting and an overly vivid imagination, I can see it too – not the fleur de lis tho, that’s super advanced…

  16. B. Chiclitz Says:

    @Emster—yes, it’s equal parts squinting and overly vivid imagination. How’s those wall plugs today?

  17. Emster Says:

    Just looked over my shoulder and… those jerks are still staring at me

  18. B. Chiclitz Says:

    @Emster—Those wall plugs are really creepy. Like the disembodied face of an old
    Mr. Machine toy.

  19. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @Emster: It’s the fact that they’re always silently screaming as they stare that gets me. There’s a whole row of them next to me.

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