Dec 09

Do you know how long it takes to slick my hair like this... hours. But I look fabulous!Click for full image

Jami Comments: Me giant floating head and shoulders of Demolished Man. Me crush tiny stereotypical Hammer film type female vampire and tiny floating head version of me. Then me play with all the pretty animals and the tiny naked women. Tiny clothed men can get moon dust out of my giant ear. Me have glowy thing above knuckle. Me love glowy thing.
Published 1978

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Click for previous Demolished Man cover here

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: 5.55 out of 10)

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25 Responses to “The Demolished Man 2”

  1. A.R.Yngve Says:

    “Soon a major motion picture!” (Along with The Stars My Destination, Ender’s Game, Neuromancer, etc.)

    But let’s not be mad at the naive optimism of the copy editor — the movie might have ended up as “major” as Millennium (based on John Varley’s “Air Raid”) or A Sound of Thunder or…

  2. THX 1138 Says:

    Would the people chillin’ on the ground move along please? We’re trying to be dramatic here!

  3. Phil Says:

    All together now:

    “Tenser” said the Tensor.
    “Tenser” said the Tensor.
    “Tension, apprehension, and dissension have begun.”

    Soon to be a top 40 hit.

    I’m liking the (un-tagged) TING! which, here, is motivated by fist rather than sword. Makes a change.

  4. Tom Noir Says:

    “Hey guys, Star Wars just called, they want their cover back.”

  5. Tom Noir Says:

    “Dude, look at all the naked chicks! C’mon, gimme a fist bump!”

  6. Tim Says:

    This is getting scary. This is the second one in the past couple of weeks that is actually on my bookshelf.

  7. Jaouad Says:

    I see they already had a cast for that movie. Pretty sure that tiny floating head is Charlton Heston.

  8. Phil Says:

    Tim, you’ve rumbled us. We’ve been sneaking in your house and photographing your books while you’re asleep!

  9. Anti-Sceptic Says:

    Hey there’s a monkey climbing the chest of the demolished man….He doesn’t really look all that demolished though does he? Unless maybe from the chest down he has been run over by a steam roller….

    Soon to be a major motion picture? Was it Demolition man? Wesley Snipes looks nothing like our demolished man here.

  10. Yoss Says:

    Save us, micro space sheep!

  11. Alessandra Kelley Says:

    From the cover art I would have guessed Roman epic, probably aimed at a male audience.

    Can you just imagine him saying “Render unto Caesar!”

  12. hestia Says:

    From the back: “This terrifically exciting future novel is just about the best ever written.”


    “Future novel?” It wasn’t written yet? Is there time travel involved? Did the reviewer travel to the future to read it?

    So many questions.

  13. Jami Says:

    So Tim, does that mean you’re the one donating these to the library where I work? Because that’s where I keep finding stuff like this.

    It’s honestly too bad this is just a science fiction/fantasy cover blog. There’s some real winners for the romance, western, and even history paperbacks that people donate to us as well.

    My goal is to find one of those 80s sci-fi romance novels in the donations to submit to this site.

  14. admin Says:

    @Jami – If you have a few really awful ones that aren’t sci-fi etc send them in. I’ve been meaning to do an honourable mentions for sometime! ๐Ÿ™‚

  15. Jami Says:

    Okay, I’ll keep my eyes peeled. If we discard The War Between The Tates I’ll have to snag it for a scan. Non-scifi story about a man who’s cheating on his wife with his student. But the mistress is just so chock full of 70s fun. Right down to the blue band around her head.

  16. Ian Says:

    I hadn’t heard of the movie… I found this on Wikipedia “Since reading the novel as a young man, director Brian de Palma has considered adapting it for film. Lack of financing has long since kept the film unproduced.”

  17. Anna T. Says:

    @Alessandra Kelley: It looks like a fitting cover for the Heston “Ben-Hur”. A science fiction cover is not what most people would think on seeing this book.

  18. Bruce A Munro Says:

    “Welcome to Space Fight Club. The first rule of Space Fight Club is that you don’t talk about Space Fight Club. The second rule is that the guy with the Bling Ring makes the rules.”

  19. fred Says:

    I give the publishers credit for keeping all the printage off of the art. I’m looking at you BAEN.

  20. B. Chiclitz Says:

    Heroic Blue State Governor Gavin Newsome prepares to debate the evil Florida Man DeSantis and his minions. Sadly, no one in Florida knows this since the book’s been banned in that state.

  21. JJYoyo Says:

    @B.Chiclitz: GSS! And sadly there is no one left in California who can read, so thereโ€™s no one left to remember the book.

  22. GSS ex-noob Says:

    I agree that it looks much more Roman epic than a future detective story of corporate rivalry and telepathy.

    @JJYoyo: Hey! Most Californians can still read, except for “influencers”. Whether Floridians can still read their non-banned books is debatable, with no state or local funding for education, and all the interesting books unavailable. Also, pretty sure Gavin could beat Pudding Fingers in any sort of contest.

  23. Tat Wood Says:

    Bester claimed to have based the cop’s character on a statue of a Roman emperor: maybe they found any un-used painting with a Roman and some action-scenes and just plonked that on it.

  24. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @Tat:That would explain a lot. The chick is a hot Germanic or Celtic babe, the people sitting around are the plebs, and the animals are all for the arena. Except maybe the monkey is the blonde’s pet.

    Good to get that sorted.

    Someone could (and might) have written a cheesy sword and sandal epic that this cover would fit.

  25. Leak Says:

    Well, I just did a double take when Tom Scott mentioned this very book in his latest video… ๐Ÿ˜€

    (And one of his last, at that… it’s almost been 10 years…)

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