Apr 04

Before we explore this alien planet, let's eat some of those tasty berries!

Fission Chips comments: Is this photosphopped or did Piers and two mates stick their heads through a plywood cutout at a county fair?

Published 1986

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: 6.40 out of 10)

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18 Responses to “Anthonology”

  1. NomadUK Says:

    ‘Get your stinking vines off me, you damned, dirty grape!’

  2. fred Says:

    Are we having fungus yet?

  3. Bruce Alexander Munro Says:

    Now that’s what immediate comes to mind of when I think of Piers Anthony: fungi!
    (The guy in back looks dissatisfied. He’s probably wondering where the underage girls are at.)

  4. Tat Wood Says:

    Yesterday I made a crack about Cold War Steve; today this comes up. Talk about Fan Service.

    Peter Beardsley, Gareth Southgate and, er, Jim Belushi in a jungle, wearing space-suits. Not as on-the-nose as his usual mash-ups.

  5. JuanPaul Says:

    They’re upset because they expected there to be boobies.

  6. The Blue Are Coming Says:

    I didn’t know Roger Dean did book covers between Yes albums.

    This one might be a rejected sleeve for the single “Starship Trooper”.

  7. Francis Boyle Says:

    I am indeed dazzled by this cover, but not by it’s inventiveness I can assure you.

    I’m also half-convinced that the three heads were stolen from the promotional material for some now long forgotten British sitcom.

  8. Tor Mented Says:

    I pity the two guys who had to journey to this distant planet while stuck inside a small spacecraft with Kevin Spacey.

  9. Leak Says:

    Wait, they’re doing another Ghostbusters reboot – for VEGANS?

  10. Ryan Says:

    Is the light illuminating the three faces coming from a completely different source and frequency of that shining upon the rest of the illustration?

  11. SteveS Says:

    “Behind you, more giant flying bugs. Guys, where’s your rifles?”.

  12. Steve S Says:

    “Behind you, more giant flying bugs. Guys, where’s your rifles?”.

  13. Tat Wood Says:

    @Ryan: I think they’ve got a portable telly under that algal frond and they’re watching ‘Match of the Day’ – except Jim Belushi who, being American, is illuminated by the ting from his gun.

  14. Emster Says:

    If the power goes out, that book cover will light up the room – yow – giving Baen a run for their money. (I do rather like bright fuchsia tho – woo!)

  15. GSS ex-noob Says:

    Missed a trick and an even worse pun by not calling it “Antherology”.

    @Fission Chips: This being from the 80s, someone actually had to make a conscious effort to paint them all that way, or at least cut and paste the heads.

    @Bruce: So is Piers the chap in the back, or is he the dodgier-looking one down left?

    @Tor: Ah, that’s not Piers then. Kev would be looking for the underage boys.

    @Ryan: Either Kev or Jim would be illuminated by the only weapon they seem to have on a strange planet, guy in back has his very own spotlight, and t’other guy has jaundice or a spray tan.

  16. A. R. Yngve Says:

    Howard Jones found his long-awaited comeback to be a crushing disappointment.

  17. The Blue Are Coming Says:

    And if you threw that book away,
    things can only get better.

  18. Hammy Says:

    I don’t know about y’all, but the way those three guys are posed, they remind me of a castle with human heads instead of turrets.

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