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ash966 Comments: Why, hello there, giant-brain-eyeball-octopus-bat-guy! And what’s behind your head? It’s not the moon, because it doesn’t go all the way around. An enormous cantaloupe, perhaps?
Published 1976

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: 8.73 out of 10)

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19 Responses to “The Best of C. M. Kornbluth”

  1. Phil Says:

    It’s unfortunate when you have your photo taken, and the aspidistra behind you appears to be growing out of your head. This poor child had the misfortune to stand in front of a bat, an inverted octupus, an explosion, a brain…

    Actually, it looks like he has an afro hairdo, and it’s morphed into a brain.

    Good. Show. Sir.

  2. Phil Says:

    Just noticed the label at the bottom. It seems this image depicts the mind of the city of St Paul. Not somewhere I’d care to live!

  3. Claire Says:

    Looks better than those hats Beatrice and Eugenie wore.

  4. THX 1138 Says:

    “I’ve just had my brain washed and can’t do a thing with it…”

  5. Jaouad Says:

    Keep the One-Eyed Octopidistra Flying!

  6. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    “Papa! You’ve cut me hair ALL WRONG! And I’ve got a date with Allison in half an hour!”

  7. Tom Noir Says:

    “Trick or treat! Go ahead, guess what I’m dressed as. GUESS!”

  8. Alessandra Kelley Says:

    I’m just trying to imagine the rationale here. “Dude, it was the ’70s, man. We were all dropping acid and doing Extreme Watercolors.”

  9. Jon Says:

    I’m trying to figure out which library this is from, but it’s just not coming to me.

  10. Alessandra Kelley Says:

    It’s on the plastic overlay over the dust jacket, the Saint Paul (Minnesota) Public Library.

    Publishers back in the ’70s — and maybe still, I don’t know — produced hardcover science fiction and young adult books for libraries that I never saw anywhere else. Maybe they were special printings? Anyway, they often seemed to have this sort of cover illustration, kind of selfconsciously arty-literary.

  11. drlemaster Says:

    Please let me know when you have returned this book to the library, I want to check it out next.

    Oh, and octopidistra is my new favorite word.

  12. Anti-Sceptic Says:

    I’m still not certain if the title of the book is “The Mind of the City – St. Paul Library”, or “The Best of C.M. Kornbluth”, or simply “Kornbluth” and C.M. is the author’s initials.

  13. fred Says:

    That shirt must come from the same place The Hulk gets his pants.

  14. ash966 Says:

    @Phil: Good catch–I’m so used to looking at our library books, the brain/mind of the city connection didn’t occur to me. Maybe we should use the image along with a new slogan, “This is your brain on books!”

    @Alessandra: yes, St. Paul Public Library, MN, USA

    @drlemaster: I will try to hurry it back in anticipation of enormous demand due to GSS publicity. Memo to me: A Best of Good Show Sir library display.

    @Anti-Sceptic: The yellow strip on the bottom is a label we used to brand books with back in the day. Patrons complained at some point that all the labels made the books look fugly, so we stopped. I’m also sad that this magnificent cover is marred by a barcode, but what can you do?

  15. A.R.Yngve Says:

    “This is your brain on drugs. Any questions?”

    (Well, somebody had to say it…)

  16. Mefista Says:

    …and that’s why Chtulhu no longer rape Playboy girls

  17. Tom Noir Says:

    Listen, there is NO way this can be the BEST of C.M. Kornbluth unless it includes that one story about the kid with bat wings whose oversized brain was eaten by a one-eyed squid while he was trying to reach the giant slice of cantaloupe.

    Mmmmmmm… cantaloupe.

  18. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    Never LARP Splatoon.

  19. Anna T. Says:

    @Mefista: That’s what I thought – this looks seriously Lovecraft to me.

    But, seriously – LSD STRIKES AGAIN!

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