Jun 08


Jessie Comments: The marks to the left of the floating cat head are my fault – they’re scratches from when i was ripping off the $1 used book price tag.
Published 1978

I think the scratches are the least of this covers problems!
Many thanks to Jessie!

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: 6.61 out of 10)

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42 Responses to “Godsfire”

  1. Nix Says:

    It’s a human with a cat head and a tail! (This is called a ‘cat’ by many artists who have never seen any nonhuman mammals before.)

  2. SI Says:

    Cat people! Fantastic.

    At least the man is wearing a loincloth. The cat women is just walking around that place in the buff. Maybe the guy is saying:

    “Hey, show them your money makers and maybe they’ll stop and give us a lift.”

  3. Mikki Says:

    I think one of the best parts is that the recommendation is from the author of THE FEMALE MAN. There’s no way that could have been a good cover, either…

  4. DeadRobot Says:

    I’ve got nothing. This is fully awesome. It may be Frank Frazetta.

  5. little mi Says:

    ‘unusually ingenious scenery’ …hark, the sound of barrel bottoms being scraped.

    Really, it is good! There are some great trees in it!

  6. SophaLoaf Says:

    God-Cat figure: “I can has a snuggie?”

  7. Simon Says:

    I reckon it’s Boris Val-Jell-o.

  8. Marcus-E Says:

    Seems to be Boris Vallejo, actually. Awesome!

  9. SI Says:

    Looks like that was the ole Vallejo! Nice spot!

  10. Queen Khentkawes Says:

    I came across your website courtesy of Andrew Sullivan’s Daily Dish. While I am not a sci-fi fan, I am a connoiseur of mondo bizarro, and your site always brightens my day!

    Seeing today’s cover immediately reminded me of Omaha the Cat Dancer. I thought all the good sirs and madams would be interested.

  11. e.lee Says:

    Imagine the size and odour of the cat-deity’s litterbox…

  12. Tom Noir Says:

    Must not… ogle… catwoman’s bottom…

  13. Morgan C Says:

    By Sky-Cat’s command!

  14. David Cowie Says:

    the recommendation is from the author of THE FEMALE MAN. There’s no way that could have been a good cover, either…


  15. Rob Says:

    …with the surname Felice? Now, that’s just a little too apropos.

  16. Mat T Says:

    the recommendation is from the author of THE FEMALE MAN. There’s no way that could have been a good cover, either…


    I don’t quite see the ‘man’ bit of the title there. Perhaps ‘The Slightly More Female Female’?

  17. JujuQuisp Says:

    When she coughs up her hairball, I wonder if it is composed of the pubes of that guy.

  18. Don Hilliard Says:

    This must have been a difficult one for Boris – the tail made the usual chainmail panties impossible…

    And the cat-deity must have had some BAD tuna. Distinctly green about the gills.

    (And a note to our friendly tag writer: despite the SciFi topic, the publisher’s actually POCKET Books.)

  19. admin Says:

    @Don Hillard – Good spot! My excuse is that it was tagged before my morning coffee! And the crease kinda covers the P 🙂

  20. John T Says:

    “Purr-doz has spoken!”

  21. DeadRobot Says:

    I stand corrected! I believe Boris more than Frank. Dang my backwater art schoolin’

  22. Ron Obvious Says:

    Sexy cat lady, hunky shirtless man, strange planet = Avatar.

  23. A.R.Yngve Says:

    [Charlton Heston voice] “A planet where cats evolved from men?? It’s a MADHOUSE!! A MADHOUSE!!”

  24. Wrinkle Says:

    Ceiling cat demands your loyalty.

  25. A.R.Yngve Says:

    “You maniacs! You blew it all up! You finally used the Cat-Bomb! Damn you all to hell!”

  26. Peter Says:

    just started to read this, based on this page… um horrible story, but will continue to see if there is cat on cat humanoid sex in it.

  27. Alessandra Kelley Says:

    That cat god is wearing an awful lot of makeup. Its eyes (and eyebrows) are genuinely creepy.

  28. Tom Noir Says:

    I always read SF for the scenery.

  29. Anna T. Says:

    This is just so ludicrous I can’t help but laugh. I mean . . . where are they? Ancient Egypt? Giant cat heads floating in midair? Vallejo’s outdone himself for sheer nonsensicality of this image.

  30. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    Thank goodness we were spared the misery of the blurb!

  31. Bibliomancer Says:

    I’m picturing the live nude model standing around the studio all day, wearing cat ears and a tail, while Boris Vallejo painted this masterpiece.

  32. B. Chiclitz Says:

    GODSFIRE Boris, demand new cover edition!

    Today’s sci-fi headline . . .

  33. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    @BC:GODMAN sets GODSFIRE near Topeka, THE GODS LOOK DOWN on his behaviour and now THE GODS HATE KANSAS.

    Is there no depth to which these gods will not sink, I ask you?

  34. B. Chiclitz Says:

    @DSWBT—Apparently not.

  35. JuanPaul Says:

    Somehow natural selection determined that the cat’s head and tail are better attributes for survival than the running, jumping, hunting parts. .

  36. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    @BC: pish posh, everyone knows God Lives Underwater.

  37. Anna T. Says:

    All Hail Bastet-Ra, Cat-Lord!

    . . . in all seriousness, has anyone else considered how confused that human guy must be? Is the spaceship there to pick him up, or what?

  38. fred Says:

    The fighter jet just ruins the whole funky ambiance of the cover. Catbirds maybe, but not jets.

  39. Bibliomancer Says:

    Looks like someone Fritz the Cat would be banging.

  40. Vyrmis Says:

    Weirdly sexualised anthropomorphic cats on a cheap sci-fi novel cover? And it’s not by Fritz Leiber?

    Something something humanoid cats something something Red Dwarf reference.

  41. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    @Vyrmis: how about…

    ‘I hope they pull over soon…I haven’t permed my leg hairs in a week!’

    ‘You perm your leg hairs?’

    ‘Only as an aid to the natural curl.’

  42. RachelJ Says:

    @Vyrmis. Where have you been, my friend? Cat-people are an essential sci-fi ingredient!

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