Apr 12

Seriously, do you have to do that while we're flying?Click for full image

So I think we’ll just have some naked redhead riding her giant insect in the midst of pleasure. That’s the type of thing every teenage boy imagines, right?

Many thanks to NoiselessPenguin!

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: 8.92 out of 10)

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24 Responses to “Will-O-the-Wisp”

  1. Adam Roberts Says:

    That’s some goiter she has there. Her neck looks like a third breast.

    And talking of threes: three questions, one of which is not like the other two:

    1. Puritan or Witch?
    2. Beautiful or Bestial?
    3. Who Were the Gubbins?

    The Gubbins live at number 28. He is something in the police force, a traffic cop I think. She’s a receptionist at the Health Centre. Their kid, little Jimmy Gubbin, goes to the same school as our two.

  2. SI Says:

    Gubbins? Oh I heard that Mrs Gubbins enjoys riding around on her giant insects if you know what I mean, nudge nudge wink wink.

  3. CSA Says:

    @SI No, we don’t know what you mean. Please elaborate, and use diagrams where apropriate.
    Oh wait, i see the cover now…. ah a picture says a thousand words, they should have considered cutting it down to 500.

  4. Nix Says:

    Adam, that’s *Gubbings*, which is quite different. (In particular, the Gubbings sound like they could be characters from a series for very young children, unlike the cover of this book.)

    It’s impressive how many of those questions answer themselves, too. Puritan or witch? Well, dressed like that, not a puritan. Beautiful or bestial? That depends if you mean the person or the implausible giant insect.

    Also, notice: implausible red star, red sky, but green landscape with no tinge of red to it. This seems unlikely to me, although no more unlikely than many other things in SF.

  5. Dracula Jones Says:


    Were, past tense. The Gubbings are no more.

  6. CSA Says:

    I think that may be a good thing? =?

  7. Jim Ryan Says:

    “Gubbings”? Is that what they call what she’s doing atop that dragonfly…?

    Hey, if every time she was “gubbings” she got that much satisfaction from it, then who am I to judge if she’s happy…?

  8. Debra Says:

    Must be a buzzing insect she’s on to get that much out of it! lol

  9. Jim C Says:

    I’m waiting for Evil Edna to show up.

  10. Mark V Thomas Says:

    Re: Jim C’s post
    Unfortunately, Jim, you’ll be waiting a very long time, as the original 4:3 Ratio version of Evil Edna, met the 16:9 Ratio “Widescreen” version of herself, from the remake, now showing on one of the Disney Channels, & after a heated argument over which one was the “real Evil Edna”, fought each other, with the result that they’re both now in “The Great Recycling Bin in the Sky…”, for which the Moog, Mavis, & Arthur are now extremely grateful .

  11. Mark V Thomas Says:

    Why do I get the feeling, that this cover was a rejected submission, for the cover of a late 70’s Prog Rock concept album, in the style of Roger Dean’s work for Yes & later Asia, & the artist has recycled it…?

  12. djm Says:

    ummm…..oookay. was this a possible influence on the poster for the movie “heavy metal”? resembles it quite a bit. eeesh, what an awful flick.

  13. Mark V Thomas Says:

    Re The Metal Hurlant/Heavy Metal movie…:
    What do you expect from what was essentially, 4-5 animated shorts, tenously connected with a bodged up linking story, involving a glowing bowling ball (a/k/a “The Loknar”, as the McGuffin…
    I do agree with djm’s comment, as it seems very similar artistically, to the flight sequence from the last segment, “Taarna”, in which our heroine, Taarna, (effectively clad only in a bondage fetish leather body harness, boots & gloves), flies around on top of a giant bird, to defeat mutated barbarians, in a post apocolyptic future…

  14. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    You know ’tis a good show when The Other Wiki goes out of its way to point out the disconnect between cover and contents…

    Though perhaps the artist could be forgiven, as this fellow is also the author of Lady of the Bees. Insex, eh?

  15. Rachel J Says:

    Now, why is it that people writing these Wikipedia articles on really obscure topics feel the need to link practically every other word?

    “An undercurrent of sexuality runs through all of these stories… Casual and sometimes permanent nudity is common…”

  16. B. Chiclitz Says:

    @Rachel J—to your point:

    Nudity or nakedness is the state of wearing no clothing.

    This is what you get when you click on the nudity link (along with some photos better left unpublished) in The Other Wiki article on T.B. Swann.

    This sort of stuff must be contributing to global warming somehow. So much heat, so little light.

  17. Tom Noir Says:

    Message therapy is really the only thing that helps my pet giant mosquito relax.

  18. Tom Noir Says:

    “And this, ladies and gentlemen, is a rare early GSS cover from before the invention of space sheep. Feast your eyes upon these, ah, examples!”

  19. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    Puritan or witch?
    Beautiful or bestial?
    Who were the Gubbings?

    –Master Tombo’s most famous haiku

  20. GSS noob Says:

    Those breasteses don’t need Space Sheep, I don’t think — they’re so odd and so resemble her goiter that they aren’t NSFW.

    Other Wiki sez this guy wrote a LOT about winged creatures, including “Day of the Dragonfly” and “Winged Victory”. Paging Dr. Freud.

  21. Tom Noir Says:

    “The invading giant insects are disguising themselves as orgasmic women.”

    “Then, my god, Jim. Last night… with my wife…”

    “That’s right, Harry.”

  22. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    Maybe the “Sun” is in the same plane as the the other two, and she’s writhing in agony as the bug is trying to escape.

  23. JuanPaul Says:

    I’ve done some very credible research on this and that actually is the most effective way to ride a giant insect.

  24. Lee M Says:

    The artist lazily copied the cover idea from the magazine the novel was originally serialized in. Nothing to do with this story at all.

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