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Published 1976

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: 3.67 out of 10)
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13 Responses to “The Winter of the World”

  1. fred Says:

    Looking at her clothing, the winter in the title must be metaphorical.

  2. Ryan Says:

    This is one of those covers where, the more I look at it, the less I understand what is supposed to be happening.

    The kneeling dude is wearing Davy Crockett’s buckskin coat, but also has a thoroughly modern barbering.

    The vogueing girl is wearing only a single slice of buckskin. Fetching, but seems a little chilly in that wind.

    Speaking of the wind, why is it blowing on her so fiercely, yet leaving the smoke undisturbed?

    Why is The Smoking Warrior’s single visible coat sleeve so short? That is going to rub against the end of the glove ALL THE TIME – so annnoying.

    Also, The Smoking Warrior surely ought to have a blade longer than a gladius, given how large he or she is, right?

    So many questions.

  3. Francis Boyle Says:

    Man, those 70s fire safety PSAs were weird.

  4. MaxBathroom Says:

    “You seem to be wearing more than you usually do this winter, Raven. Is something wrong?”

  5. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @Ryan: Agreed in all points.

    Is she wearing anything under that buckskin? Hopefully made out of whatever the dude’s shirt is, and not more leather…

    That sword is way too short to go with that kind of armor. The Smoking Warrior needs a hand and a half sword or something like that.

    I am not sure how the hell this cover works for this plot, other than there’s a dude and a woman involved.

    Another one:

    https://www.amazon.com/Winter-World-Paul-Anderson/dp/B002M4QA5Q

    The whole set:

    https://www.isfdb.org/cgi-bin/titlecovers.cgi?5350

    One of those seems a bit more apt, while the rest are also WTF. Especially the blobs of redness.

  6. Bruce A Munro Says:

    As long as you have a lot of stuff to burn, Smoke-o-Vision is cheaper than streaming and cable, but much worse for your lungs.

  7. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @Bruce: Ah, so this is how they watch movies from the Before Times.

    Maybe she’s never seen one before and so is reacting in surprise at a medieval warrior springing up, and he’s saying “It’s only a movie. I put it on so we… the ancients used to call it ‘Netflix and chill’.”

  8. Hammy Says:

    Hm. What with Mr. Fringe-With-No-Surrey, Smoking Warrior with dark short sword, and a massive explosion/fireball, I’m predicting this season’s wheat harvest is going to be well below expectations.

    It *has* to be wheat, of course, because it’s a Winter World.

  9. Tor Mented Says:

    @Max: Nice callback to Raven. GSS.

  10. Tat Wood Says:

    @Max, Tor: I was confused at first – by ‘Raven’ do you mean this bloke https://ravencbbc.fandom.com/wiki/Raven_(CBBC)_Wiki * or this, um, frequent flier https://www.goodshowsir.co.uk/?p=16268?

    (*Although the beardie chap in this cover is more Barney Harwood)

  11. Tor Mented Says:

    @Tat: I’m sure he was thinking of these, especially the second, where Raven is dressed more appropriately for a beach in Rio.
    https://www.goodshowsir.co.uk/?p=16740

  12. Emster Says:

    @Hammy – GSS from the farm nerds in the audience! In the sequel, Farmer Brown chases them out of the field with his paper airplane gun…

    @GSSxn – noticed in the whole set link that yellow cover with no illustration. Did the art dept walk off the job the week before the book went to print? Half the fun of SF is the bizarro cover. If there’s no cover art, it makes me suspicious and I’m not buyin’ it.

  13. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @Emster: That was an entire line of re-releases of older works. Same cover on all of them. Only on e-book, I think?

    @Hammy: As a farm-adjacent kid, I’d hear the winter wheat futures price on the AM radio early in the mornings. So I appreciated that too.

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