Aug 04

Good god, there's a small planet above that building!Click for full image

Deborah Comments: Actually I think this is quite good, apart from the woman being none of the central characters – Heris is black, Lady Cecilia’s a redhead, Bubbles is blonde. But the COLORS are a little unsubtle!
Published 1995

Click here for the previous Winning Colours cover.
Many thanks to Deborah!

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: 5.88 out of 10)

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14 Responses to “Winning Colours 2”

  1. cutmanmike Says:

    Far better than the original submission. Like, galaxies better. The horse could do with being a robot horse or something though.

  2. anon Says:

    The previous cover had a nice SAAB feel to it – even though the execution was crap. This one.. I don’t know. Which one is more accurate wrt the contents?

    What’s with all the low-tech stuff in scifi nowadays?
    I mean, in many books, the only thing that is “scifi” is the obligatory space ship or that it all happens on some other planet.

  3. SI Says:

    This cover has epic proportions. Is that planet hovering just above the city?

    You know what could have improved this though?

    A unicorn.

  4. SophaLoaf Says:

    SI> True, that would do just the job. But its still doesn’t tells us how a game of polo will save the day.

  5. Parker Says:

    “Quick! We’ll have to ride faster to catch up with that space ship. Think you can jump up into that hanger bay?”

  6. Phil Says:

    SI: a unicorn? Maybe. Better still: a pegasus! That way she could fly amongst those…strange flying pod things…on their way to the unfeasibly low-orbiting mothership.

  7. Jose @ Daemon's Says:

    Agree that a pegasus would be awesome, but this needs a rainbow or better yet a double rainbow in the background.

  8. SI Says:

    Jose> Double rainbow omg! But, what does it mean?

  9. Deborah Says:

    SI – yah, okay, the planet hovering in view is rawther disproportionately large, but I guess the artist was told to make it clear it’s not just a moon, it’s another habitable planet, i.e. we’re not in our solar system.

    anon – it’s not all low tech – this book includes bioengineering, cloning & the rights of clones, rejuvenation/anti-ageing processes & consequent social changes, standard SF communications technology, smart desks, diagnosis & treatment via medi-beds, cool things like sonic showers (gets you clean, saves you time!), some good space-opera battle scenes, on-ship environmental systems and super-advanced scan technology (not that the latter is explained in detail, but it sounds convincing in this context).

    SophaLoaf and Parker – the horses aren’t pivotal to the plot in this book, but they are in other books in this series, e.g. when the bad guys are hunting the good guys on-planet, and for physiotherapy for a severely disabled character.

    cutmanmike, the actual horse is true to the book – there are robot horses that Lady Cecilia uses for training/keeping in shape while on her spaceship, but flesh & blood horses are a focal point of the series – rich people breed them, ride them, buy & sell them, keep them on their planets (‘their’ in the sense of a family owning a planet).

    double rainbow all across the sky – no argument with that!

  10. Stevie Says:

    It’s so typical: this gender discrimination in sci-fi. On the other hand, the woman on the cover is fully dressed…

  11. A.R.Yngve Says:

    “But the COLORS are a little unsubtle!”

    For Baen Books, this IS subtle.

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  13. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    ‘I tried to draw a phallic space ship and…I can’t. I’m sorry.’

    ‘Give it another go, my boy. Why not position two little drop ships underneath the main craft? And one a little bit lower than the other.’


  14. Jaouad Says:

    My God. Trust Baen to make the obvious… more obvious.

    “This book’s title is Winning Colors. Let’s do the title in… wait for it… ALL DIFFERENT COLORS!”
    “Brilliant! I’ll get my two-year old’s box of crayons. There’s a lot of colors in there. Except for pink, because she really loves drawing pink unicorns.”

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