Sep 27

Look... I'm not playing chess until you.. take off those ridiculous butterfly wings for ears!Click for full SINFULLY NAKED image

Elijah’s Art Direction: Seriously, who are we kidding? Just throw some space-tits on there and call it a day.
Published 1984

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: 7.76 out of 10)

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46 Responses to “Eros Ascending”

  1. Ian Sales Says:

    You do realise the book is about a brothel in space?

  2. SI Says:

    Nope! But now you tell me I am buying this right away! Woooo Space Smut!

  3. bincat23 Says:

    bit over priced perhaps.

  4. Claire Says:

    Looks like both ladies have had issues with their bejazzle.

  5. THX 1138 Says:

    How Bobby Fischer really saw the world.

  6. A.R.Yngve Says:

    So the book is about a brothel that specializes in sexy chess.

  7. A.R.Yngve Says:

    Fortunately, you never get to see Bobby Fischer or Gari Kasparov play in outfits like that.

  8. Tom Noir Says:

    “Is that a butterfly hat or are you just happy to see me?”

  9. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:


  10. Jami Says:

    Geez, who knew aliens also go for that hairless kitty look. I suppose next she’ll be Vajazzling.

    Probably NSFW or anyone with common sense when it comes to their nether regions.

  11. Nix Says:

    The horrible orange font. The horrible table. My eyes!

  12. fred Says:

    Stupid Space Harlots, the chess board is set up wrong. The white squares should be on the right.

  13. A.R.Yngve Says:


  14. Phil Says:

    What is the lady on the left holding? Oh, I see, a chesspiece.
    And why does the lady on the right have butterfly wings for ears?
    And why does the butterfly wing have the head of a snake?
    What intricate feet and fetlocks(?) on those table legs.
    Why is she wearing a beaded curtain?
    Oh, WTF.

  15. Phil Says:

    PS Luminous slippers!

  16. Yoss Says:

    “The horrible orange font.”

    Hey now, Gill Sans is actually a pretty nice typeface. Granted, the Ultra Bold form is a little peculiar, but not without its charms. And, notorious perv that he was, I bet Eric Gill (the accomplished artist that created Gill Sans) would appreciate its use on a book about space hookers.

  17. Green Says:

    Thank you, Space Dolly, from protecting us from horrible fashion choices – and nudity. Now if only there was another Space Dolly to protect us from that awful butterfly-snake-headpiece thing. o_0

  18. Jerk of all Trades Says:

    Holy crap did the artist not know what to do when it came to the sparkly naked-er woman’s feet, and those of that idiot table. The rest of the painting is… decent, for scifi art, but then you look at their feet and it’s its like the artist only ever learned how to paint shiny boots.

  19. Ian Sales Says:

    I’ve read the book. It is surprisingly meh. There are also three sequels – Eros at Zenith, Eros Descending and Eros at Nadir.

  20. A.R.Yngve Says:

    Eros Checkmating
    Eros Playing Tic-Tac-Toe
    Eros Cosplaying

  21. Phil Says:

    Ian Sales: Eros At Nadir? You mean it sinks lower than this?

  22. Alessandra Says:

    There’s no sense that the figure on the right is a human body. She’s all … hard and shiny. The beads should be dimpling her skin somewhere — bodies have soft places even when they’re skinny and oiled. Those beads hang over her like they’re hanging over hard plastic.

    And what’s with the hospital slippers?

  23. A.R.Yngve Says:

    Maybe it’s a zero-gravity area and the ladies are hanging onto the floor with magnets in the tips of their shoes…

  24. Anti-Sceptic Says:

    I think the naked one looks like Marylin Manson. That could account for the plasticy look, as Marylin likes to put on plastic-lady-body-suits.

    @A.R.Yngve I like your theory of the magnetic shoes. However, why is the table also on it’s tiptoes? Does that mean that it was designed by a table-maker who was also on his tiptoes while making it? Which begs the question: will humanity eventually develop ostrich feet?

    Inquiring minds would like to know!

  25. James Says:

    Camel-toes in S-P-A-C-E!

  26. Tom Noir Says:

    Why are both women standing on their toes?!?

  27. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    @TomNoir: do you really need to know? You’re like my mum cleaning out the fridigaire. ‘No, mumsie, you don’t need to unwrap the paper towels round the half melon, and you certainly don’t need to sniff it. It’s under a bloody half-inch of ice, it’s not like it has any smell left at all.’ Leave the Space-Sheep where it is, Tom, and move along. 😉

  28. Tom Noir Says:

    I look at the woman on the left and think “Beverly Crusher, The Early Years.”

  29. anon Says:

    @TN: Suddenly this book looks interesting.

  30. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    New tag: ‘Exhibitionism’ for nudity in line-of-sight of a window.

  31. B. Chiclitz Says:

    Ok, now that you’ve mastered the Sicilian defense, the Sokolsky opening and the Latvian gambit, and also of course since you’re dressed just right, I think you’re ready to take on Flandry.

  32. anon Says:

    @DSWBT: How about adding ‘peek-a-boob’ as well?

  33. Tat Wood Says:

    This is what happens when you agree to play Strip Ker-Plunk

  34. Raoul Says:

    Space chess! Looks like the queen is about to get forked.

  35. Bibliomancer Says:

    “Do you mind if I take this white queen and go play by myself?”

  36. fred Says:

    The one on the left must be tired of hearing comments about her asp.

  37. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    We’ve seen those ears elsewhere.

  38. B. Chiclitz Says:

    “So you see, LaVerne, if you tilt your chin upward, bend down the corners of your mouth and peer down your nose, you can sort of convince yourself that—despite your utterly absurd outfit and hat—you’ve retained a shred of dignity.”

  39. JuanPaul Says:

    “and LaVerne, I think the telescope nerds on earth can see Uranus.”

    Never gets old…

  40. David Van Domelen Says:

    “When I suggested you make a dress from the curtains like in Gone with the Wind, I didn’t think you’d use the beaded curtains from the doorway.”

  41. Tat Wood Says:

    Five years on, I bet this book’s still in a second-hand shop, marked down a bit.

  42. classicOz Says:

    porn gambit declined

  43. GSS noob Says:

    @Tat: No, it went to the “Everything $1” shelf or bin, at which point it possibly got sold. OTOH, it may have failed there too, and has now been recycled into something else.

  44. Bibliomancer Says:

    @ Tat & noob – Actually this particular edition is going to set you back $25

  45. GSS noob Says:

    @B’mancer: It’s going to set someone back $25, but that someone ain’t me. Can’t speak for Tat.

  46. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    On close inspection, there appears to be a beard between the legs…of the table.

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