Mar 14

Mutton chops - Asimov's Choice!Click for full image

GK Comments: I hope this wasn’t his first choice.
Published 1977

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: 8.93 out of 10)

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23 Responses to “The Queen of Zamba”

  1. Alessandra Kelley Says:

    Gah! The fonts, they burn! And the diatomaceous seed-pod ship and the horrible heraldic-icon art, and Isaac Asimov’s face gazing out over all. Yow.

    (Hey, how come L. Sprague de Camp needed Asimov’s introduction? He was a long-established author by 1977.)

  2. Benny Vigan Madsen Says:

    Jhe 2ueen Øf 3amba?

  3. THX 1138 Says:

    “Yes, hello? Do you have a copy of The Queen of Lamba? Er, Bamba? No, Yamba? Samba? 5amba? On second thoughts, just give me Stranger in a Strange Land and we’ll say no more about it.”

  4. Ian Says:

    I think Asimov’s choice was not to be on that cover over that horrid font.

  5. SI Says:

    Look out space monster! He’s about to burst your giant ball!

  6. Tom Noir Says:

    I think the little dude with the spear has bigger problems than that six-legged mongoose he’s fending off. First of all, he appears to be in outer space. Second problem, there’s a space-ship about to crash into him.

    And third and most important, his mutton-chopped boss has started calling him “The Queen of Samba” behind his back.

  7. Yoss Says:


  8. fred Says:

    She defied the code of space! Awesome in all its queenly awesomeness!

  9. Smith Says:

    @Fred – The code of space? Is that like the Highway Code? Or the Countryside Code?

  10. Hep C Says:

    For those (like myself) who did not get fred’s comment the first time (or the second, or the third as a matter of fact): if you really close attention to this cover, you might find out that the Zueen of Famba and the Cosmic Manhunt are most probably the same book.

  11. A.R.Yngve Says:

    Also check out these toe-tapping, hip-shaking sequels to ASIMOV’S CHOICE: THE QUEEN OF SAMBA



  12. Alessandra Kelley Says:

    @fred: Aww, L. Sprague de Camp got some really tragic covers.

  13. Jonathan Oliver Says:

    Asimov’s Choice, like Sophie’s Choice but with far more logic.

  14. Smith Says:

    Worst pantomime horse ever.

    Cracking sideburns on Asimov though.

  15. Yoss Says:

    I think it might have been over at Librarything that I saw someone use the oath “By Asimov’s sideburns.” Makes me chuckle every time.

  16. Robert Carnegie Says:

    “The Cosmic Manhunt” is printed in really tiny type right above “Camp” on the cover of [The Queen of &Prince;amba]. Isaac Asimov is distracting you from the fact you already bought this book. The cover of [The Cosmic Manhunt], so titled, makes it pretty clear who’s hunting for a man. There’s one here, lady, waving. Possibly a mistake.

    I think it’s quite likely that Isaac Asimov preferred the cover of [The Cosmic Manhunt], too, except that we had to go looking for it.

  17. hestia Says:

    I showed this to my husband and he now insists I write something called “The Tween of Samba” (she was in over her head…the other contestants were all older than her) I’m envisioning a Hunger Games-esque dance contest…

  18. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    Gnoph-keh! That beast is a gnoph-keh! I say, what a surprise, that a book by L.Sprague de Camp should have a Mythos reference…

  19. anon Says:

    “I hope this wasn’t his first choice.”

    You mean there was a worse suggestion?

  20. tahrey Says:

    I literally had to click for the big version and read the plain-font title off the spine to work out what it actually said…

    (For the record, the &Prince; symbol is actually a “Z”)

  21. Stevie T Says:

    At first glance, no joke, I thought the title was “The Queer of Samba”. That is a really, REALLY Bad font.

    @hestia: Adding a Hunger Games-esque twist to any of the current dance contest shows could only improve them. Markedly.

  22. anon Says:

    The [2/L]ueen of [3/5]amba

  23. L.B. Says:

    Everybody Zamba!

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