Nov 07

Fetus on deck

Good Show Sir Comments: “Fuckin’ nanny-cam”

Thanks to Ryan for sending this in!

Published 1988

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: 7.00 out of 10)

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13 Responses to “Cyteen: The Betrayal”

  1. Tat Wood Says:

    The controller of scheduling at BBC America pauses to wonder what they’ll show when Paramount + demands more money for endless reruns of ‘Star Trek: the Next Generation’..

  2. Bruce A Munro Says:

    College prep starts earlier and earlier.

  3. Francis Boyle Says:

    Is that a poop hatch on the bottom of the pod? Because otherwise I can’t see how any of this is going to work.

  4. A. R. Yngve Says:

    The cover is very slick – and funny. But it’s Don Maitz, so no surprise.
    I wonder, though, if the diaper issue ever came up during the process…


    Artist: “You want the baby chamber on the cover?”
    Editor: “Yes, and make it light-hearted.”
    Artist: “What about the diapers?”
    Editor: [Mortified silence]
    Artist: “I mean… you know. It’s a baby. How do they…”
    Editor: “Diapers… are not… a theme here.”
    Artist: “But wouldn’t it be funny if -”
    Editor: “Good day.”
    Artist: “I see what you mean, but -”
    Editor: “I SAID GOOD DAY, SIR!”

  5. Max Bathroom Says:

    The Mekon: the early years…

  6. Leak Says:

    Ceiling nan is watching you germinate…

  7. Ryan Says:

    “25 more sit-ups, and THEN you can have your space-binkie!”

    Also, why is the word “Freezer” written diagonally on the cover? Is this part of the background?

  8. fred Says:

    Scratch and sniff covers, make it so.

  9. B. Chiclitz Says:

    Unabridged blurb:
    “Sets the lowest of bars for itself and succeeds brilliantly in almost reaching it.”

  10. GSS ex-noob Says:

    So the baby has to grow up in a robopod with no colorful decor or toys to play with, plus has to listen to some woman hectoring at it, probably straight into its brain. And the poor little thing might grow up ginger to boot! Call Child Protective Services!

    Can’t make out what’s behind it; is it padding or is baby growing a squirrel tail?

    @FB: Baby does seem to be wearing a diaper, so perhaps robo-arms come up and change it periodically.

    @Ryan: I couldn’t figure it out either. Is lecturing woman in the freezer, or is baby? (Nobody puts baby in the freezer!)

  11. B. Chiclitz Says:

    @Ryan, @GSSxn—Perhaps “freezer” describes the effect she has on her children? She appears to be one chilling mom.

  12. Emster Says:

    I would, and have, read this one on the bus. Actually it was during breakfasts at the local eggy-toast. The cook is slow and the waitress is generous with the coffee… heavenly. Anyhoo…

    I don’t remember seeing “freezer” on the cover, maybe because I was blown away by Don Maitz’s ability to draw a whole baby, cutie toesies and all, but that font feels like:

    THE BETRAYAL – duh, duh, DAAAAA – …and, oh hey, there’s also a freezer mentioned in the story, thought we should label it in case you didn’t figure it out in the first 200 pages…

  13. JJYoyo Says:

    “Harrrrcourt! Harcourt Fenton Mudd!”
    “Yes, Stella… I mean mom…”

    Alternatively, the worst version of Mary Poppins ever.

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