Mar 15

Apparently, scales do not decompose!Click for full image

Chuck’s Art Direction: As for the baby I want you to base it on this photo of my own. Also, can make the skeleton smile lovingly? Oh! Make it one of those bumpy covers too, I just love those!
Published 1987

Thanks to the Chuck!

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: 8.58 out of 10)

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21 Responses to “Water Baby”

  1. Adam Roberts Says:

    Santa’s Grotto’s not what it once was, since the floods.

  2. SI Says:

    Nirvana’s cover art for Nevermind could have been so much stranger!

  3. A.R.Yngve Says:

    Good God, the blurb:
    “She was caught between the devil and the deep blue sea…”

    George Harrison is spinning in his grave!

  4. A.R.Yngve Says:

    How about this blurb instead:

    “The editor was caught between the Marketing Department and his dwindling sense of decency…”

  5. SophaLoaf Says:

    This was what first came to mind…

  6. A.R.Yngve Says:

    Cover art by The Grateful Dead.

  7. THX 1138 Says:

    “Both gran and I can heartily recommend Johnson’s Baby Shampoo!”

  8. Zycrow Says:

    Now you may have to rethink your answer to “the company of which type of mermaid would you prefer if alone on a desert island?”

  9. Tom Noir Says:

    There’s no way that her real hair.

  10. Dalton H. Says:

    She has to feed using formula only.

  11. A.R.Yngve Says:

    Everything in this book cover just screams for the most tasteless Michael Jackson joke of all time. But modesty forbids me…

  12. Phil Says:

    I’ve often wondered about the skeleton of a mermaid: at what point does the upper, human, bone structure give way to the lower, piscine skeleture?

    Alas, this cover doesn’t help this mystery of mysteries.

  13. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:


  14. GSS ex-noob Says:

    So shiny!

    I don’t suppose anyone has a copy of “Science Fiction Chronicle” #101 handy?

    It’s got a review of both this book and “Heroing!”

  15. Bruce A Munro Says:

    About time Charles Kingsley got a gritty reboot.

  16. fred Says:

    Some fairy tales have an unhappy ending, but make for great video.

  17. Tor Mented Says:

    I recently learned that there is a mammal with scales. It’s called a pangolin.
    That doesn’t have anything to do with this cover, but this is the only place I could think of to mention it.

  18. GSS ex-noob Says:

    I was going to add “what about armadillos?” but they don’t technically have scales. And both armadillos and pangolins don’t have fish- or reptile-like scales.

    Pangolins have gotten a bad rap lately thanks to Covid.

    As for this cover, I’m betting that was a perfectly normal mermaid till Evil Baby there killed it.

  19. Bruce A Munro Says:

    @GSS ex-noob: I’d be happy if thinking pangolins carry nasty diseases just made people stop eating them, but it probably means people will now kill them for carrying nasty diseases rather than because they’re tasty, because people are dicks.

  20. Tor Mented Says:

    I learned about pangolins from an article that noted that their survival is threatened by people who kill them to make traditional medicine. So, yes, people are dicks.

  21. B. Chiclitz Says:

    I haven’t read any articles lately about pangolins or armadillos but I have seen lots of other evidence to support the notion that, generally, yes, people are dicks.

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