Apr 14

He's ok, it's just the after effects of watching Glee.Click for full image

Jen’s Art Direction: A book about telepaths, you say? You’re blowing my mind. In fact, that’s just what we need on the cover! A man with his head exploding! And if that doesn’t just scream sci-fi, we’ll put him in coveralls and put after-images of him all over the place. Oh, and emboss it. All of it. I want everything to stand out.

Thanks so much to Jen!

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: 7.70 out of 10)

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12 Responses to “Distant Friends And Others”

  1. James Lovegrove Says:

    Ah, Baen, Baen, Baen. Where would we be without you?

    It looks like Timothy Zahn himself hated this cover so much he tried to rip his own name off it.

  2. SI Says:

    I can’t figure out what the title of this book is. Is it ‘Distant Friends’ or ‘Distant Friends and others’?

    I think that guy needs a paracetamol!

  3. Adam Roberts Says:

    Personally I consider this whole shining neon spiralling hairstyle thing very eighties.

  4. Ron Obvious Says:

    There are covers of Tera Patrick films with more subtlety.

  5. Nix Says:

    It’s actually a book about someone who suffers from devastating migraines and the terrible effect this has on his social life. The visual metaphor for pain and visual distortion is nicely done. I think all the embossing is meant to represent a halo.

    (I have never heard of this book before but I used my telepathic powers to read Jen’s mind. And now I have a headache.)

  6. Ron Obvious Says:

    Not migraines induced from reading Timothy Zahn’s prose?

  7. CSA Says:

    Timothy Zahn first star wars books were amongst the first sci-fi books i read, they were pretty tough to get through to be honest, the book heir to the emipre mentioned in the blurb was the worst out of them all, but i really enjoyed his Conquerors’ Trilogy (not star wars), might even read them again, but it’s been like 10-15 years since i read them…

    I wouldnt have read them if they had covers as bad as that one though. It goes without saying that the star wars ones were pretty awful covers too.

    I think the most impressive thing about this cover is that the BAEN logo could be accused of be subtle.

  8. stevetalbert Says:


    That is a mad scientist outfit. He is/was experimenting with mind control and something terrible will/has happen/happened… maybe at the same time!!! Or maybe not!!!?!?!??

  9. stevetalbert Says:

    I wish I had a distant friend….. ;-[

  10. A.R.Yngve Says:

    He’s thinking so hard his brain is literally melting:
    “Where did I put those #%&* keys??”

  11. A.R.Yngve Says:

    “Fools! You dare to crack open the skull of me, Lava-Man?? Now you shall DIE!!”

  12. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    ‘We’ve analysed the marbled shoggoths flitting around your head, sir, and there is a danger. Should I have your circumflex on the letter D standing by?’

    ‘Replicate? In our moment of triumph? I think you overestimate their chances!’

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