Oct 13

WHY!?! Why was I created without eyes?!Click for full image

Ashton Comments: Help, I’m being attacked by a giant robot… whose torso is stuffed with… spaghetti? Maybe bring a fork.
Published 1981

Many thanks to Ashton!

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: 8.02 out of 10)

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30 Responses to “My Name Is Legion”

  1. Adam Roberts Says:

    I like the fine, high irony of including the words ‘not a bad cover’ on a very bad cover!

  2. SI Says:

    Is the guy wearing one of those retro cycling helmets?

  3. Phil Says:

    Surely it should be “Roger Zelazny. My name is Roger”.

    The robot seems to have an exo-brain (equivalent to an exo-skeleton). Why so many external brains on SF covers?

    Meanwhile, the character in the foreground (who is either waving “hello!”, or is scared witless) seems to be wearing a compound eye for a helmet. Good for all-round vision, I’d say.

  4. Phil Says:

    PS: What would happen if the protagonist of this volume met the protagonist from Richard Matheson’s I AM LEGEND?

    “Pleased to meet you. I am Legend.”
    “How do you do. You can call me Legion.”

  5. cutmanmike Says:

    That is an awesome robot.

    The random guy wearing a future helmet ruins it though!

  6. Adam Roberts Says:

    The robot really needs trousers.

  7. Stephen Deas Says:

    Trying to get my head around the perspective of the guy with the helmet. Is he a) sitting on the floor by the front door? Y’know, as you do? B) Emerging from up the cellar steps to greet his guest, or c) Waving optimistically in the hope that the robot can tell him where his legs are.

  8. A.R.Yngve Says:

    Choose a caption…

    A) “Damn it’s cold outside! Let me in!”

    B) “We’re having a snowball fight, wanna join us?”

    C) “Come on — Vogue! — let your circuits move to the music…”

    D) “NOW will you take our personality test?”

  9. Tom Noir Says:

    They actually cut out part of the full title for space reasons. Was originally “My Name Is Legion… The Dancing Robot!”

  10. Anrkist Says:

    Spaghetti? No, you got it all wrong. It’s the floating head of Phyllis Diller.

  11. Evad Says:

    “DAMN it Megaman you giant klutz! You’re costing me a fortune in replacing these over-sized doors.”

  12. Nix Says:

    Stephen, he’s fallen through the floor due to the weight of his ridiculous helmet and is waving for assistance. The freaky robot is reaching out to help. It’s obvious.

  13. NGpm Says:

    Dig those crazy accordion pantaloons that ‘bot is sportin’ man!

  14. SI Says:

    The only robot to be created that can only communicate through interpretive dance.

  15. Elfi Says:

    I’m so confused… I read this book! And I can’t… um… I don’t recall anything about any, like, super-spy guy. I mean, just a guy doing his job, trying to get the helmet on that controls the robot in time to stop the robot from killing everyone….

    (I actually referenced this book in a paper I just wrote yesterday… about science fiction clichés highlighting what Humans Fear Most… under the heading of, “our creations will rise up and kill us.”)

  16. Elfi Says:

    AHA! I am reminded… The cover deals with the short story that’s included in this anthology: Home is the Hangman. 🙂 ‘Splains Everything.

  17. Rev Says:

    Be excellent to each other.

  18. A.R.Yngve Says:

    My Name Is PIMPBOT 5000

  19. Anna T. Says:

    If this robot is supposed to be in any way effective, the least that could be done is to give him some better legs. His current ones don’t look strong enough to support him.

  20. A.R.Yngve Says:

    “My name is L.U.C.A.! I live on the second floor!”

  21. A.R.Yngve Says:

    “My name is Legion! And I am funky!”

  22. anon Says:

    This unit has a low energy level. Occupant, surrender all your birdseeds.

  23. Tom Noir Says:

    @Tag Wizard, we need an ‘interpretive dance’ tag over here STAT!

  24. GSS ex-noob Says:

    Interpretive dance, yes.

    Also, above the spaghetti, there’s a salad. Throw in some garlic bread and red wine and we’ve got Italian Dinner Delivery-Bot.

  25. Tom Noir Says:

    How is this cover not rated higher? Surely this is one of the all-time cheesiest robot covers.

  26. Tor Mented Says:

    @A.R., love the MST3K reference.

  27. Tat Wood Says:

    He’s changed a lot since he was lead singer of Imagination.

  28. Tat Wood Says:

    My wife’s just been reading this in this very edition. The really weird bit of the robot is the elbows with little owl-faces on.

  29. JuanPaul Says:

    He has the fire in the belly, but is it enough to master the art of Lambada?!

  30. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    @JP: lambada? It looks like he’s fighting his programming and the laws of physics in an attempt to dab.

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