Sep 22

Yes.. I definitely prefer the stomach hatch to the ass one!Click for full image

GK’s Art Direction: Alright, Lem asked us for a giant robot of some sort. Preferably with the ruins of a burning city in the background, perhaps people running in terror, a few puppies being crushed, you know, that sort of thing. Can you do it?
Published 1977

Artist has been listed as two people. I’m unsure which is correct.
Many thanks to GK!

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: 9.00 out of 10)

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22 Responses to “The Cyberaid”

  1. Adam Roberts Says:

    ‘My hair, oh my darling I know! I just washed it in Robo-Jojoba Shampoo and now I can’t do a thing with it!’

  2. SofaLoaf Says:

    looks like the art director got his 8 year-old to draw that.

  3. A.R.Yngve Says:

    Lem’s THE CYBERIAD is one of the funniest SF books ever written, so in that context it’s amazing this particular book cover isn’t… you know… funnier. Or… funny.

  4. SI Says:

    In the future.. all scientists will live in awesome office building sized robots.

    I love that it has wheels!! So basically rendering it’s legs pointless.

  5. Graff Says:

    “The Cyberaid” just sounds like something that can be ordered from the back of disreputable magazines.

  6. dancinbojangles Says:

    Actually, this image is pretty well consistent with the book’s content for a change. It looks like they were trying to emulate the soviet-era robot art that peppers the text. Wouldn’t be my chosen edition for this marvelously funny collection, but not the worst thing ever.

  7. Little Mi Says:

    I think I might actually love this cover. In a ‘it’s so ridiculous it’s amazing’ kind of way.

    Is that so wrong?!

  8. Tom Noir Says:

    I like how Mombot has LEDs in lieu of painted toenails.

  9. Evad Says:

    Fine. It’s a stylized illustration. I get that. Still, they couldn’t make the shadow of the person more than a sharp edged shape?

    All in all it’s too goofy to warrant sneering at. It has a disarming charm.

  10. Brian B Says:

    I kinda like this one actually. Make me think of whimsical early scifi kid’s pulp. That said, I wonder how many “modern masters of science fiction” we have? Lem is refered to as “the” modern master, the definite article, indicating that there are no others. First, what time period are we defining as “modern?” Second, how does someone earn such a title? Was there an election? Some governing body of great publishers and editors and other writers? Cuz I’m totally sure that writers like Heinlein and Azimov totally wouldn’t vote for themselves (insert ironic tone here)

  11. Mark V Thomas Says:

    “Trurl, what have you been up to, this time…? The Electronic Bard was bad enough, the last time I saw it” – Kalapicius
    As for the last comment, should it read the “Modern Master of Polish Science Fiction”…?

  12. Nix Says:

    I will never be able to think of Klapaucius the same way again. Happy robotic grins are not *them*.

  13. Mark V Thomas Says:

    Re: Nix’s last comment…
    That’s why I think the “happy robot” is not Klapaucius, but rather, the Electronic Bard…
    (I suspect that Klapaucius is the figure in the foreground, while Trurl is the figure framed by the open hatches in the centre of the Bard…).

  14. Nix Says:

    Plausible indeed… but those two figures look human. (Ah well, they *acted* like humans. Well, people. Except of course that *they* created *us*, in-canon…)

  15. Kathleen Says:

    that robot makes me feel like someone is trying to sell me breakfast cereal

  16. Annexian Says:

    “Super Robot Monkey Team Hyperforce GO!”

    Heh, ever saw that cartoon?

  17. Tat Wood Says:

    As Graff pointed out above, you might want to think of spelling the title properly. I think it was meant as a pun on ‘Siberia’ as well as the mock-epic habit of calling something ‘The ___iad’ (like ‘The Dunciad’ or ‘The Spooniad’ – yes, such things exist).

    The cover, though, is trying too hard to be whimsical and the guy popping his head out of the hatch just looks like ‘Pob’s Programme’ or ‘Professor Balthazar’

  18. B. Chiclitz Says:

    These new robot hair care products do wonders for the frizzies!

  19. Ray P Says:

    No girls allowed in the giant robot house. If only Pacific Rim had these.

  20. Matt McIrvin Says:

    This paperback was the edition that introduced me to Lem. I always figured the giant robot was Trurl’s violently stupid thinking machine, the one that insists that 2+2=7. Or it could be the Bard. That’s definitely Trurl up in its chest and Klapaucius down on the ground. They’re both robots themselves, so they shouldn’t look 100% human.

    Compared to Daniel Mroz’s timelessly surreal illustrations in the interior, it’s not great, but I do think it’s better than some of the cover illustrations from later US editions.

  21. GSS ex-noob Says:

    “The Cyberaid” would be… well… make up your own “marital aid” joke here.

  22. Bruce A Munro Says:

    Speaking of Mroz, I wonder if this inspired the cover?

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