Jun 24

I can't see out of this thing, make sure the waiter brought my cake!Click for full image

Lauren Comments: This cover does in fact show a scene from the book, but I think maybe there could have been a better choice. I look at this cover, and all I can say is: What?? If you haven’t actually read the book, it makes no sense at all.
Published 1988

Awesome hat!
Many thanks to Lauren.

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: 6.22 out of 10)

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29 Responses to “Highway of Enternity”

  1. SI Says:

    Was that type of hat ever in fashion for secret cults? If so.. awesome…

    Their just isn’t enough robe wearing in todays society.

  2. Little Mi Says:

    Love it!
    Fleeing from the dead gift of immortality to some nice little cafe for and chat, some chili and then maybe a tour on one of those little train things you get on piers. A great day out for all the family!

  3. Little Mi Says:

    That should have said ‘for a chat’…obviously… damn, it’s too early in the morning for this…

  4. Little Mi Says:

    ..and dread not dead…god, I’m going home…

  5. SI Says:

    Its ok Little Mi, you just need more coffee. Like me!

  6. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    Is that the dread gift of immortality in the background, then? That thing that looks like a steamroller stuck in a train carriage?

  7. Tommi Says:

    Sure is a dread gift if all you get to do is a sightseeing trip on one of those umbrella carts down a straight road in the desert with the occasional stop-over at some unbranded, robot catered road-side-cafe with a guy in a burka.

    Especially if you’re McGuyver:

  8. SophaLoaf Says:

    @Tommi I second that MacGuyver!

    My first thoughts were since when do MacGyver and Orko holiday together?

  9. Tom Noir Says:

    I don’t know who this guy is but he appears to be having tea with the Sorting Hat from Harry Potter.

  10. DeadRobot Says:

    So, in the future, the Sorting Hat decides what you are going to order for tea?

    (Again with The Prisoner-esque stripey transference -wat up with dat?)

  11. DeadRobot Says:

    Damn you Tom Noir! I will eat your soul!

  12. SI Says:

    “So… you just going to sit there or help me get this traffic cone off my head?”

  13. David Traver Adolphus Says:

    Really a wonderful book, one of my favorite Simaks. When I was 18 and bought it new, it seemed like a perfectly acceptible cover.

  14. CSA Says:

    Its an evil wizard version of the UK 80s shows Knightmare.

    “before you, a tiny robot holds a tray”
    “you may take either; the magic wand of doom misiles, the grapes of doom, or the French toast of doom. Choose carefully”

  15. Herm Says:

    What caster level is the wand?

    Also, cute doggy. Considering his/her prominence, I hope s/he has a bigger part than George does in Alan Dean Foster’s Taken trilogy.

    (Listen, I once bought a book because it had a red panda on the cover, only to find out [i] it was an Anne McCaffrey and [ii] there were no red pandas whatsoever in there, so I’ve been burned before, OK? 😉

  16. DW Says:

    It looks like Christopher Lambert chillin’ with the black wizard from Final Fantasy 1, while a robo-servant brings them a bucket of tasty KFC chicken.

    The far future is… strange… and very ’80’s

  17. hampshireflyer Says:

    There’s some bizarre perspective going on there if the bloke/witch/black mage/oh whatever in the hat is actually taking something from the robot’s tray.

  18. Unk Says:

    If you ride on the canopied, house-tank-train and let us serve your dog for desert to potential candidates, then you too can be one of the headless immortals!

  19. jimmay Says:

    Is that a member of TISM ?

  20. Tom Noir Says:

    @DeadRobot: You may have my soul, but I’ll still have said “Sorting Hat” first!


  21. A.R.Yngve Says:

    The publisher suggested the following sequels, which the author for some reason turned down:


  22. Kathleen Says:

    I think that’s the robot from Buck Rogers.

  23. NMM1AFan Says:

    Darn. I actually have that book. I remember reading quite a few Simak novels from the library when I was a kid.

  24. Karl Says:

    “I ain’t ascared of no witches! Hah! I just pulled your hat down over your face! What’re you going to do now, huh?!?

  25. e.lee Says:

    ‘Highway of Eternity’? But this cover depicts the Futuristic Motorway Service Station of Overheated Cafeteria Fare!

  26. lctwice Says:

    Consume mass quantities!

  27. anon Says:

    A man and his dog negotiate with Vader Wizard.

  28. Tat Wood Says:

    Nobody tell Harlan Ellison, but they’ve remade ‘A Boy and His Dog’ with Orko from ‘He-Man & Masters of the Universe” gone over to the Dark Side.

  29. Hammy Says:

    Okay. I’m going to be *that guy* (not to be confused with That Girl, really).


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