May 02

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Sffgeek Comments: I would like to suggest an additional category – covers using stock images completely irrelevant to the book’s content.
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: 8.30 out of 10)

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15 Responses to “Trader to the Stars”

  1. SI Says:

    Surely…somehow… somewhere… some biology text books have the most amazing covers with cat people and space ships on them!

  2. THX 1138 Says:

    The Very Hungry Caterpillar branches out – into space!

  3. Rachel J Says:

    Now, now, you are jumping to conclusions. Obviously this is a million-mile-long Space Caterpillar, adrift in the, uh… Leaf Nebula.

  4. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    With some purple eyes, this would make a much better cover for Anything You Can Do…

  5. A.R.Yngve Says:

    Fortunately, the stock photo was NOT used for any of these SF book titles:


  6. Tom Noir Says:

    This cover worms my heart.

  7. L.B. Says:

    @SI. Those textbooks might even still be in use somewhere.

  8. Lilah Says:

    It’s like those bland covers for print-on-demand books that feature neutral landscapes that have nothing to do with the book’s content, only published in 1970.

  9. fred Says:

    Thought maybe they were trying for a Hellstrom Chronicle vibe but it pre-dates the movie by a year.

  10. NGpm Says:

    @THX: you read my mind. I can just see Jupiter with a big hole where the great red spot used to be.

  11. Jerk of all Trades Says:

    I wonder what the back-up cover was, if this was considered the better option.

  12. A.R.Yngve Says:

    Cover photos that were considered but rejected:

    1. A tarantula eating a horsefly

    2. A flock of red ants swarming over a mouse carcass

    3. A butterfly landing on a dog turd

  13. Simon Says:

    Frikkin creepy though.

  14. Anti-Sceptic Says:

    What exactly would a caterpillar own that would be worthy of trade? Silk?

  15. Sophaloaf Says:

    @SI and L.B., I think I got the science textbook with the space ships and stuff.

    I thought it was awesome…it may not have been the mix up from this particular cover, but it was during a time in the late 80s/early 90s when they were trying to make science cool.

    Maybe they were trying to do the opposite for this cover.

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