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Art Direction: Hey does your son still look like one of those no job free loading poetry reading jazz artists? Great! So does mine and they’ll make the perfect demonic children. We just layer it somehow to give that… demony feel.
Published 1966

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: 6.94 out of 10)

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23 Responses to “Sunburst”

  1. RJ Says:

    This is exactly what it’s like if you watch Napoleon Dynamite after taking acid.

  2. THX 1138 Says:

    Is it a good idea to put your target audience on the cover then call them “A fiendish race of demonic children”? Feelings could be hurt. Or maybe they’d think it was cool?

  3. Tom Noir Says:

    You can tell these boys are out of control – the top buttons of their shirts are unbuttoned!

  4. SI Says:

    And all those who doubted my science of linking daemons to radiation…. who’s laughing now?!?

  5. fred Says:

    Anything that could double as an early Black Sabbath album cover, words and all, deserves a 10.

  6. Adam Roberts Says:

    The Red Sunburst has some good things on it, sure; but I prefer the Blue Sunburst. That has their more mature hits.

  7. Phil Says:

    “A science fiction classic of tomorrow”, eh? There’s a prediction that didn’t come true.

  8. Smith Says:

    What’s a runaway nuclear explosion? Is it an explosion that’s packed up its things and gone off in a sulk with its parents?

  9. Infoqueen Says:

    It’s what people shout when they see one:
    “Run away! Nuclear explosion!!”

  10. Herm Says:

    So, um, Midwich Cuckoos for those who really really miss the 1960s, then?

  11. Michael L Says:

    So THAT is how Bill Gates got his start.

  12. Ian Says:

    Where can I get that sunburst font? Groovy man.

  13. Dalton H. Says:

    You know it’s bad when the book company sells advertisement space for themselves on a cover.

  14. Anti-Sceptic Says:

    Does anyone have a pair of 3D glasses?

  15. A.R.Yngve Says:

    Whoa! When you put on 3D-glasses, you can read the hidden message “Rick Perry wears a wig”!

  16. Alessandra Kelley Says:

    This is actually a very good book under that atrocious and misleading cover (my copy of it, from a few years later, has a psychedelic drug-trip sort of cover, just as bad).

    It’s a girl-centered young-adult novel!!.

    The hero is an adolescent girl orphan who is preturnaturally unnoticeable in a town that’s been fenced around and hushed up by the government for decades because of a nuclear accident which also produced telepathic, sociopathic children who are kept drugged and under lock and key. The girl meets a telepathic good guy working for the government who recruits her because psychics can’t read her. There’s a lot of interesting speculation about consequences and social tensions.

    It’s a very good piece of young-adult science fiction.

  17. Alessandra Kelley Says:

    Oh, and given that this Canadian literary award was named after this very book:

    I’d say that yes, it is “a science fiction classic of tomorrow!”

  18. THX 1139 Says:

    Because Halloween is cancelled this year, nobody’s bothering with costumes.

  19. fred Says:

    Give them funky uniforms and sunglasses and throw them into Godzilla vs Kong as the comic relief.

  20. Francis Boyle Says:

    Both fiendish and demonic. Well that’s sold it for me. I wouldn’t have been interested if they had merely been either fiendish or demonic.

  21. Bruce A Munro Says:

    So, a boring _and_ lazy cover? That’s some quality marketing for you.

  22. GSS ex-noob Says:

    They look like the nerd group at school. Are their asthma inhalers fiendish and demonic too?

  23. Bruce A Munro Says:

    @GSS ex-noob: give superpowers to a bunch of picked-upon social outcasts? What’s the worst that could happen?

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