Mar 16

People throw anything in the sea these days. Old bottles, used needles, fairies...Click for full image

Art Direction: Look it’s Friday, so stop asking me hard questions! Just put a naked human sized fairy on a beach somewhere. And two glowy boxes in the corners. Why? We’ll reach two kinds of people: those who love the sea and those who love naked fairy bums. And anyone who likes both, then WHAM! Instant cash!
Published 1987

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: 5.83 out of 10)

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29 Responses to “Fool’s Run”

  1. A.R.Yngve Says:


    (Hey, if I hadn’t said it, someone else would!)

  2. A.R.Yngve Says:

    Not much good for flying, so I assume those things are fins.

  3. THX 1138 Says:

    Of course, what you shouldn’t do with beached fairies is blow them up, unless you want an embarrassing viral video on your hands.

  4. Tom Noir Says:

    “How did her hair get like that, Holmes?”

    “An excellent question, Watson. If the body had really washed up from the sea, the hair would be beneath it. This woman was killed and then dumped on the beach for us to find!”

    “Brilliant Holmes! But the wings?”

    “Elementary my dear Watson – she’s a bloody fairy.”

  5. Phil Says:

    But what of the strange, white glowing boxes on the bottom left and bottom right? They look like those tiny, crappy speakers you can get for your MP3 player. No wonder she is lying flat and still on the ground: the sound is being drowned out by the crashing waves.

  6. SI Says:

    I think you are supposed to put the shell to your ear to hear the sea, not the other way around. And also, not be by the sea.

  7. Yoss Says:

    It was an exhausting battle of dueling moons.

    Though some even called her foolish — bare-bottemed she remained — stubborn to the very end.

  8. Yoss Says:

    Oops. Please excuse my bottem… er bottom.

  9. fred Says:

    It’s got two wings, no toes, blue nail polish on only the left thumb and seems to attract Cosmic Cubes. I’ll head up the beach and get a fish taco and maybe call The Shore Patrol.

  10. Anti-Sceptic Says:

    Fool’s Run? I think someone dared our little fairy there to run across the ocean…

  11. FeárofMüsïc Says:

    Perfect example of what this site is about. I like this author. I really enjoyed her Riddlemaster Trilogy I look at this cover and have no interest in it at all. ‘Dead fairy on a beach. Yeah, I think not.’

  12. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    The baby who launches Baen symbols from her butt all grown up and on the piss.

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  14. Anna T. Says:

    They’re message boxes. The question is, what are they doing accompanying a dead fairy dumped on a beach?

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  16. Perry Armstrong Says:

    Fool’s Run:
    Where Angels Fear to Drown

  17. Tat Wood Says:

    Maybe she’s listening for horse’s hooves. In wet sand. Fairies can do that, right?

  18. Longtime_lurker Says:

    I looked at the Goodreads comments for an explanation of the “fairy”. Nyet. Nada. Zilch. Most of them insist that the book is science fiction not fantasy, although a lot of them seemed to find it confusing. So no explanation of the fairy. Maybe it’s a metaphor for something.

  19. fred Says:

    Joanathan Livingston Flying Fish.

  20. JuanPaul Says:

    I like beach butts and I can not lie
    Them little angel wings they so fly
    When a fairy washes up on a posh Brighton beach*
    And you gonna get the heat
    Fool you better run the riddle
    Cause you get caught in the middle

    * Yes, I know Brighton is not posh.

  21. Bibliomancer Says:

    Fairy Peg of the Ribble Galaxy?

  22. Tor Mented Says:

    ♫ Come, they told me,
    A rump, rump, rump, rump.
    A fairy’s on the beach,
    A rump, rump, rump, rump.
    Our finest gifts we bring,
    A rump, rump, rump, rump.
    And maybe better wings.
    A rump, rump, rump, rump.
    Rump, rump, rump, rump.
    Rump, rump, rump, rump. ♫

  23. Longtime_lurker Says:

    B’mancer: Nah. Pretty sure Fairy Peg, Ruler of the Ribble Galaxy, didn’t have any wings. Although she was pretty well washed up.

  24. Tat Wood Says:

    Are we sure those are wings and that she wasn’t ritually stabbed with cuttlefish bones?

  25. B. Chiclitz Says:

    @Tor M, Thanks for helping me understand. All this time I thought they were singing “A bum-bum-bum-bum” 😉

  26. Tor Mented Says:

    @B.C. That would make her a beach bum.

  27. GSS ex-noob Says:

    Who’s the fool here? Not the fairy, as she obviously didn’t run. The artist or art director?

    This says it’s definitely science fiction and involves a rock group, on a penal colony in outer space. Also a gobsmacking cover.

    Nowt to do with naked fairies washed up on beaches with glowy boxes.

  28. Tracy Says:

    Yeah I was thinking the combo of the picture and the title tells us nothing about the story. No one is running, for one thing. And the fairy(?) is too unconscious to be acting like a fool.

  29. Mr. T. Says:

    I pity the fool!

    Ha ha, that never gets old!

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