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Silver Surfer! Bah.. I'm the Golden.. bullet?Click for full image

Josh Comments: Yeah, there’s definitely nothing homoerotic about this one.
Published 1983

Top reads – “A big concept, brilliantly worked out… Manseed is vintage Jack Williamson and you won’t be able to find better than that!” Frederik Pohl

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: 8.57 out of 10)

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29 Responses to “Manseed”

  1. SophaLoaf Says:

    no comment

  2. A.R.Yngve Says:

    This cover proves that even an old established author can reach an entirely new audience, with the right marketing.

    (Now, about that umpteenth re-release of Starship Troopers… )

  3. SI Says:

    “Ahhh there goes Frank. He’s got the most expensive urine catheter money can buy.”

  4. THX 1138 Says:

    I didn’t think they gave out Oscars for that kind of material, but if they did, here’s your statuette, boys!

  5. Evad Says:

    Difficult trying to not look closely but still decide if the musculature is as messed-up as it appears.

  6. Babbagect Says:

    Is that the Silver Surfer’s cousin, the FABULOUS Golden Boarder?

  7. NGpm Says:

    Is this the Space Wayfarer Bilbabalba-Bullet?

    Everything about this is just so … I’m not even sure what it is, but it’s very good at being that.

    What’s up with the umbilical attachment to the nose cone?

  8. Frank Says:

    A golden man riding a golden phallus toward a giant blue orb under the word “manseed”…why even BOTHER to comment?

  9. David H Says:

    NGpm: I think that is a catheter.

  10. A.R.Yngve Says:

    Cover art recycled from the lesser-known novel COSMIC COLOSTOMY BAG, by Thorvald Crapman.

  11. Phil Says:

    Atlas, putting the weight of the Earth to one side for a moment, and appreciating a quiet moment of repose.

  12. NGpm Says:

    @David H: I preferred to think of it the other way … now all I can say is, “My eyes, they burn!”

  13. Dalton H. Says:

    You know if he’s here, Galactus is on his way. This looks a lot better than the Fantastic 4 sequel. He should probably cut that umbilical cord hes attached to the board with. Zero gravity can’t effect my need for lounging! I can go all day on this one.

  14. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    @Evad–he is MADE of MANBOOB!

  15. A.R.Yngve Says:

    “I’m telling you, we’re being invaded by a space-fleet of golden bodybuilders — and the only thing that’ll save Earth is an orbiting armada of rockets coated with superglue!”

  16. mfabry Says:

    Austin Powers, meet the REAL Goldmember!

  17. A.R.Yngve Says:

    Aw, that Michelangelo! Look what he did! He recycled Adam from his Sistine Chapel masterpiece, just to make this crappy cover for a few extra florines!
    What a cheapskate…

  18. Green Says:

    Fortunately his golden potbelly is hiding his golden junk.

  19. Tom Noir Says:

    I just spotted this title on the “Awful Library Books” blog. The librarian who submitted it noted that it had never been checked out, ever. ( Can’t imagine why!

    Also, it’s a crime that this isn’t rated more highly.

  20. Tom Noir Says:

    By the way, whatever you do, do not google ‘manseed’.

  21. A.R.Yngve Says:

    What do you mean, Tom? What possible harm could there be in googling the title of a science-fiction novel like… OH MY GOD NO!! NOOO….

  22. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    I’m having a little difficulty reading the blurb…

    Frickin’ Posh

  23. fearofmusic Says:

    @dswbt: i prefer the abbreviated version on the back cover :pohl gushes with delight over williamson’s manseed.

    enough said.

  24. Tom Noir Says:

    Reviewers say this book’s powerful thrust leads to an explosive climax!

  25. anon Says:

    I like the way he’s all Creation of Adam plus the ET glowing finger. Waiting for God while collecting manseed via the catheter..? Like Pohl says on the blurb, “[m]anseed is vintage”. Must be, with a container that big.

  26. GSS ex-noob Says:

    This is the perfect title/cover combo. It’s like back in 1983 someone had a psychic vision that GSS would come to be in the next century and decided to make this.


  27. THX 1138 Says:

    I like to think Manseed is a rebranding of Mandom aftershave, as used by Japanese men who want to be like Charles Bronson (look up the ad on YouTube – you won’t be disappointed).

  28. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @THX: I don’t have to look it up, it’s seared into my memory. I think you’re right.

    I wonder which 70’s celebrity posed for the cover. Telly Savalas? Yul Brynner?

  29. THX 1138 Says:

    Mr Seed is obviously cosplaying Persis Khambatta.

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