Nov 19

Wow... she's really enjoying that copy of I Sing the Body Electric!Click for full image

John Comments: The artwork reminds me of a late 1950s B Movie.
Published 1988

Real men wear loincloths.
Many thanks to John!

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: 6.36 out of 10)

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12 Responses to “The Sirens of Titan”

  1. admin Says:

    Turns out the artwork was indeed drawn during the 60’s!

    Here’s the original Dell cover:

    They removed all the fun stuff for this version!

  2. A.R.Yngve Says:

    Eureka! I’ve found the answer! The reason why so many book covers are made to *deter* people from buying books…

    The Great Conspiracy Theory of Publishing:

    Publishing exists for the purpose of circulating pulp, in other words to support the paper-mill industry. Consequently, it is in the interest of paper mills that books do not remain in readers’ hands for a long time — because finger grease spoils the quality of the pulp.

    This will lead to a deterioration of cover art — soon we’ll see covers made to make you feel physically ill, with pictures of feces and open sewers.

    Logically, we should expect books to be recycled at a faster and faster pace… eventually leading to a streamlined system where books are printed with utterly discouraging covers (if any), shipped to a few giant book warehouses, then immediately shipped back to the paper mill for recycling, and so on.


  3. John Andrew Hutchison Says:

    The original cover is better, how can you top a jellyfish gondolier?

  4. Evad Says:

    His loincloth is shifting a bit there.
    It looks more like a loin apron. He also has the Charlton Heston – Ben Hur / Moses era look.

  5. Kathleen Says:

    in the future, topstick technology has seriously improved

  6. Dave Van Domelen Says:


  7. THX 1138 Says:

    Who would have thought that Kurt Vonnegut had written the novel Fire Maidens from Outer Space was based on?

  8. A.R.Yngve Says:

    “Who would have thought that Kurt Vonnegut had written the novel Fire Maidens from Outer Space was based on?”

    Vonnegut was sorely disappointed when he found out that “Fire Maidens from Outer Space” wasn’t going to be directed by Stanley Kubrick.

  9. Mark V Thomas Says:

    “And so it goes…”

  10. Maria Says:

    This is the cover that was on my copy of Sirens of Titan (which I loved)! I never understood who the winged guy balancing on the giant egg was supposed to be.

  11. Tom Noir Says:

    *resists urge to adjust the loincloth*

  12. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    It says ‘L A U R E L’, but from here it looks ‘P U R P L E’.

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