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MisterBob Comments: When i said a blindfold monkey could do the art, I didn’t mean…
Published 1970

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: 9.02 out of 10)

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12 Responses to “Double Illusion”

  1. Tom Noir Says:

    I think the artist was just clowning around.

    There, I said it.

  2. THX 1138 Says:

    Is the author’s name supposed to be an excuse for the cover?

  3. fred Says:

    One of Pavarotti’s stress dreams before performing Pagliacci?

  4. Alessandra Kelley Says:

    A Victorian engraving of a mandrill, a kids’ stencil of a clown, and a drawing of a head.

    It looks like a psychology textbook.

  5. Yoss Says:

    It’s fascinating, the minor differences between British and American terminology. Jumper vs sweater, lorry vs truck. The way we each think of different things when we hear “football.” Then when it comes to the “Double Illusion” the Brits have a man-headed ape and a clown holding a hoop, while the American version calls for an anthropomorphic flying squirrel and a wiffleball bat.

  6. Linden Says:

    Phillip E High indeed.

  7. Jerk of all Trades Says:

    This was not the work of a sober person.

  8. A.R.Yngve Says:

    Thank you Jerk of All Trades! Finally a rational, credible explanation for all these botched covers — the taboo subject of SF/F publishing, the elephant in the room:


    My work here is done. 🙂

  9. Michael Toland Says:

    This is yet another one of those covers that’s so sublimely awful I’d be forced to pick the book up off the shelf and at least read the summary.

  10. David H Says:

    Sadly, the Dr. Moreau Research Lab staff turned down the scary clown monkey design in favor of the more traditional trefoil biohazard symbol.

  11. Phil Says:

    95p for a monkey’s arse? (That sounds like a useful critical term for future use. As in “That’s a monkey’s arse of a book”. “You made a right monkey’s arse of that.” Etc.)

    And isn’t “E High!” something that a cowboy would shout?

  12. Anti-Sceptic Says:

    So is the clown in front or behind the hoola-hoop? That’s the double illusion my friends. Don’t pay attention to that blindfolded guy dressed as an ape. He’s just there as a distraction.

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