Sep 03

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Baen Books – Putting all other cover choices to shame since 1983.
Published 2008

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: 8.94 out of 10)

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20 Responses to “Jim Baen’s Universe 2”

  1. cutmanmike Says:

    There’s seriously not enough tags for this cover!

  2. SI Says:

    Glorious… simply glorious…

  3. Tom Noir Says:

    Imagine if you were an astronaut exploring the uncharted reaches of space in your capsule and you saw this.

    You would freak the hell out.

  4. Evad Says:

    This is the champion of that class of covers which celebrates and revels in their own ridiculousness.

    Too bad Jim isn’t winking at us.

  5. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    @Evad–look at his left eye. Either he’s trying to, or he’s wincing in pain at Eris’s departure from his underarm.

  6. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    Addendum–it’s possible to think of Jim Baen’s Universe #2 without humming Pérez Prado’s Mambo #5, but not easy. In fact, the latter is appropriate background music for the former, you’ll agree.

  7. Kristin Says:

    It is the ur-baen cover. Someday archeologists will look at this and nod in understanding.

  8. Nix Says:

    I’m afraid that while this would be incredible by the standards of any *other* publisher, it just doesn’t measure up. Compare this to the cluttered glory of the first _Jim Baen’s Universe_ cover. Ths one has no crap in the background at all!

  9. anon Says:

    @Nix, I couldn’t find it.
    However, I did find volume 4, issue 6, where the universe goes down the drain..

  10. Pat Says:


  11. Herm Says:

    Actually, I think this’d look pretty reasonable and fun if it weren’t for the text at the top.

  12. anon Says:

    Without the text at the top it would be a Moses pose..

  13. szaleniec1000 Says:

    The professor guy has the tail of a skinny Jabba the Hutt. With a truly *~fabulous*~ colour scheme.

  14. A.R.Yngve Says:

    I can’t believe how modest he looks on this cover.
    The question arises: Was the art slapped together, or made according to detailed editorial instructions?

  15. Elfi Says:

    With the way he’s popped out of a… galaxy? wormhole? erm… anyway, with that and the electric zaps that look like a spine …

    Is anyone else thinking “KFC’s Colonel meets Borg Queen”? Maybe it’s just me.

  16. A.R.Yngve Says:

    It’s not just you.


  17. Tat Wood Says:

    Chthulu morphs into Roger Whittaker. Evils from the Dawn of Time.

  18. Anna T. Says:

    I presume the First Rule of Covers for these anthologies is, “Mr. Baen must look like an all powerful god or wizard, even if the end result is rather ridiculous.”

    Also, we need a tag for Mr. Baen’s beard, STAT!

  19. Tag Wizard Says:

    @ Anna T. – “beard-wielding” it is.

  20. A.R.Yngve Says:

    So that’s what the mysterious “dark matter” looks like. Who knew?

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