Apr 06

I hate these family photos, there's always the scary uncle in the corner.Click for full image

I love the realism, so we’ll definitely have to get that on there. In fact I think we should tone it down a little. We’ll keep it simple so it’s not too bad (and almost like it’s creeping up on its prey) then WHAM! We’ll hit them with a gold black red title banner!

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: 6.75 out of 10)

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13 Responses to “The Vor Game”

  1. SI Says:

    Nothing disturbs me more than the curtains on the head of that person in the chair.

    I had a bad experience once…

  2. NoiselessPenguin Says:

    Nothing says focal point like someone WITH THEIR BACK TO THE VIEWER. Yeah! If we stick in some creepy people facing the front it’ll make up for it… Is it lunchtime yet?

  3. e.lee Says:

    Love the expressions of the two crew members in the foreground: “Let’s have a vote of no confidence for the commanding officer…oh wtf, MUTINY!!!”

  4. CSA Says:

    It kind looks like he’s playing some sort of scifi drum kit.

    Also, the dude in the bottom middle has a huge fist…

    but most of all i agree with e.lee, the expression on the 2 crew at the front is priceless.

  5. hampshireflyer Says:

    I took it as ‘How the hell are we meant to take this guy seriously if he can’t even turn round and face the artist…?’

  6. Nix Says:

    That’s actually relatively accurate: i.e., complete sodding chaos.

    I don’t know who that conductor is meant to be; plainly it isn’t Miles, because he looks to be the same height as everyone else. (It’s notable how few of the admittedly awful Vorkosigan covers feature the four-foot-nine hunchback who’s the actual protagonist.)

    I’m not sure who the scary uncle is, either. The only major character in TVG who’s that age is Tung, and Tung is Brazilian-Chinese. Is that guy Brazilian-Chinese? I don’t think so.

  7. Ron Obvious Says:

    The realism of the “art” doesn’t make up for its idiotic clutter. Whoever designs these covers was probably a Soviet car designer in a previous life. The layout makes less sense than a Dadaist poem. I propose a Razzies-styled anti-award for sci fi and fantasy cover art. The industrialized world of pornography treats their subjects (and their consumers) with less contempt.

  8. Zazu Yen Says:

    I don’t think that’s the guys fist, I think someones punching him, or trying to grab his ear.

    Did that guy on the big chair with-no-controls just stamp “Hugo Award Winner” on the view screen?

    What’s missing here, hmmm. Oh yes, an adoring female! Just paint one in there, on the right at the edge so as to not block too much of the indecipherable action on the screen that we’re going to cover up with the font. The good news is that those two faces down front are so distracting we can pretty much do anything with the title-font we want and no one will care!

  9. DoktorZoom Says:

    I’m a bit late to the party, but thought I’d mention that the guy in the left corner appears to be an aged version of the guy in the left corner of Norman Rockwell’s famous Thanksgiving illustration (or “Freedom From Want” if you prefer).

  10. Dan, ad nauseam Says:

    Baen was notorious for bad Bujold covers.

  11. A.R.Yngve Says:

    LAN parties of the fuutuure…

  12. Tat Wood Says:

    Bottom left… Tanita Tikaram?

  13. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    This cover looks like a novelty scratch-game ticket, where you scratch off The Vor Game with a penny and find out what you’ve won.

    Based on the rest of the cover, tho, it seems we’ve won a fuel-air explosive decompression.

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