May 07

NO bad T-Rex!! Put that DOWN! Bad boy... BAD!Click for full image

OK, I’m spinning my cover creator wheel and its landed on, volcano… good. Spin again… horse-riding knight. OK, I’m throwing the action dice and it’s landed on… being eaten, nice. Another spin… T-REX, sounds awesome! In the background we will have a… prison wall and… a guard post.

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: 8.93 out of 10)

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22 Responses to “Time Spike”

  1. SI Says:

    I don’t understand…. who wrote this book… Eric or Marilyn? Both?

  2. CSA Says:

    Maybe their secret love-child wrote it?

    This is an almost perfect cover in my opinion. Theres so much going on, and almost nothing on the cover should have any relation to anything else on the cover, brilliant. Also, the offensive embossed font is a typical bonus to any Flint masterpiece.

    I can actually picture Flint sitting down with his editor with some dice and the wheel to come up with that cover/story.

    Also i just want to say… that is, without doubt, the BEST drawing of a horse i’ve ever seen… flawless, its ass and legs look so real

  3. JustinLeego Says:

    Near-perfect Bad Cover Roulette in evidence here. Good show, sir, good show.

  4. Ugotpwn3d Says:

    Wow now that horse is amazing!

    Was the guy leaping at the t-Rex when he got chewed?

  5. JustinLeego Says:

    Given the book’s title, it’s entirely possible that the horseman was peacfully cantering along of a summer’s evening, leapt over a hedge or perhaps a low fence, straight into a manifesting *TIME SPIKE*, and out into the coincidentally gaping jaws of a T-Rex on the other side.

    Too far fetched? Check out the Rex’s eyes for more than a hint of “what in the blazes..”.

    I’m liking the similarity between the “S” of Spike and the Jurassic Park font. Can’t quite place the M or E though.

  6. Dave Van Domelen Says:

    If anything, the actual story is trippier than the cover. A time displacement rams through many eras, dumping a collection of different groups from North America into dinosaur time: a prison in Illinois, a group of Spanish explorers, part of the Trail of Tears tribes and a pre-Columbian town. And while I don’t think the T.rex actually chomps any Spaniards, they’re around. And there’s volcanos.

  7. David Matttingly Says:

    Hey guys! Do you ever read the books before you comment on them? In the case of Time Spike, this scene actually occurs. The bad Conquistador gets eaten by a T Rex in the end. I admit that the prison isn’t in the background when it happens, but it gives the story context. There is an erupting volcano since the prison had been transported back to the dinosaur era. I thought this was a pretty terrific book, and the cover an accurate representation of the story.
    David Mattingly

  8. SI Says:

    Hey David. Unfortunately we can’t read them all, I would love to be able to. Though between the few of us that ‘run’ things here we certainly have bought our fare share of books simply based on the covers and so far I have given each one a read.

    Time Spike is one of our personal favourites here! Where else could one find a t-rex chowing down on a conquistador? We all love these covers and their unique awesomeness.

    Hope you are enjoying the site.

  9. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    Goodness! Look at the arse on that horse! That horse is friggin’ RIPPED! Rex is probably thinking, ‘I’d better get his secret before I eat him.’

    Also, kudos to the font designer for putting the spike on the middle stem of ‘time’. Awkward to read but TREMENDOUS visual pun.

  10. David Cowie Says:

    Shruiken of approval? It’s spelled shuriken, dammit.

  11. David Cowie Says:

    Thank you Tag Wizard for fixing that.

  12. The Tag Wizard Says:

    Thank you Tag Cowie for drawing attention to the wayward tag.

  13. Tom Noir Says:

    I don’t know who keeps down-voting all the Baen Book covers, but you are a terrible person.

  14. A.R.Yngve Says:

    Hypothesis: the splash “New York Times Best-Selling Author” which appears on 2 out of 3 Baen covers does NOT refer to the bestseller list, but to how many newspapers the author sold door-to-door as a kid.

  15. Tom Noir Says:

    How has Michael Bay not made this into a MAJOR MOTION PICTURE yet??

  16. Perry Armstrong Says:

    “Dammit! Someone left the gate open between Jurassic World & Medieval World again!”

  17. THX 1138 Says:

    Don’t roar with your mouth full.

  18. misterbob Says:

    Wot no baen cover logo ?
    How are readers supposed to make up their mind without it ?

  19. fred Says:

    Buffy fans will enjoy.

  20. Bibliomancer Says:

    In Front Of You!
    Next To You!
    All Around You!

  21. Tat Wood Says:

    The embarrassing ABC version of ‘Supergirl’ made James Olson both African American and Kara’s boyf, so changing the colour of Comet the Superhorse is the obvious next step.

  22. GSS noob Says:

    I don’t like the strap around horsie’s neck; looks like it might strangle him (which could explain the ass and legs). I was going to comment about the saddle being incorrect for medieval, but since the artist has said it was in fact a conquistador, I withdraw the objection.

    T. rex seems to have a spike on the end of his nose sticking up into the word “SPIKE”, which is also kinda clever.

    But again, no BAEN! book would have a title on the cover if making fonts orange was disallowed.

    @Tom Noir: How is it that Michael Bay hasn’t bought Baen Books (making it Baen Bay Books?) outright and just made the whole damn line into movies?

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