Feb 27

The Green Face strongly disapproves of fringes!Click for full image

Jason Comments: Thank God I started buying invisible eggs, that blonde would’ve ruined my red-heads omelette!
Published 1967

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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12 Responses to “Nebula Award Stories”

  1. THX 1138 Says:

    Head drops keep falling in my rain?

  2. Phil Says:

    What strange hair that man has.

  3. A.R.Yngve Says:

    Argh! This ALWAYS happens when I try to remove my contact lenses!

  4. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    This is what happens when you buy a hair graft from the back of a men’s magazine.

  5. Tom Noir Says:

    I think this is a great idea: pair the Nebular Award winning authors with the worst of the book cover artists. Those guys need all the self-esteem boosts they can get.

  6. Phil Says:

    If pushed for time, a publisher COULD re-deploy this artwork for FRIENDS COME IN BOXES (

  7. fred Says:

    I would think that science fiction writers could come up with a snappier title than President. High Lord Admiral or Maddest Scientist or something.

  8. Alessandra Kelley Says:

    This is a remarkably unappealing image.

    Making a cover for an anthology is tricky. I have an assortment of them from various past decades, and they seem to follow a certain logic. They never illustrate any one particular story, but give a general sense of “science-fictionyness” or “fantasyness” or “horrorness,” usually fairly simple (there are a lot of rockets). Ones from the 1960s and 70s tend to be more abstract, like this one.

    I guess you can’t really play favorites with an anthology. But it does lead to an awful lot of covers that look like the art director said, “Oh, whatever you feel like as long as it’s generically genre enough.”

    Disclosure: I recently painted a cover for an anthology. The art director wanted a recognizable scene, not one from one of the stories but one that conveyed their overall themes, which were generally near-future, urban, and dark. The results are hopefully not GoodShowSir-worthy, and can be seen here:

  9. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    @Alessandra: not at all! Quite urban, quite dark. Bold use of perspective…literally draws in the reader, doesn’t it?

  10. Tim Says:

    Yikes. Another one that is actually on my bookshelf. I’m thinking therapy is in order.

  11. Tom Noir Says:

    Just viewing this cover makes me want therapy.

  12. Anti-Sceptic Says:

    It seems like Clive Barker’s Pinhead decided to go for a different look than the usual this time…

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