Jul 17

Space hover boards are so... phallic!Click for full image

Courtney’s Art Direction: Think Conan, but switch the genders. And make the hero basically Farrah Fawcett. And make her leg clinger, I dunno, a Pak Protector maybe? No of course I don’t know anything about the plot.
Published 1978

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: 6.63 out of 10)

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18 Responses to “Babel-17”

  1. Smith Says:

    Is Captain Beaky saying “You know, I can’t help thinking we might have misinterpreted the scale on the blueprints for this ship.”

  2. THX 1138 Says:

    “Look indifferent if you wanna go faster!”

  3. Phil Says:

    Someone here is missing a limb. I think it’s the lady. Advice to illustrators: in order to avoid embarrassment, always count the limbs before handing in your work.

  4. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    Is it just a trick of perspective, or are her radius and ulna being sucked in to the gravity well of yon planet off the starboard stern?

    And where’s her left lower leg? I can somewhat follow her thigh across Talon Fighter’s leg, but after that everything disappears.

  5. Smith Says:

    @Dead Stuff: I can only assume she’s resting her left foot on Captain Beaky’s nether regions. Which explains the look on his face.

    Either that, or this is some kind of interstellar ventriloquism act.

  6. SI Says:

    They really shouldn’t have choosen the hawkman to be the next James bond.

  7. Adam Roberts Says:

    ‘Battle Code for Cosmic Conflict!’ is very disappointing. What was wrong with ‘Combat Code for Cosmic Conflict!’?

  8. fred Says:

    Pak don’t wear earrings.

  9. Anti-Sceptic Says:

    When beaky there asked “Hey baby wanna come ride on my spaceship?” Farrah didn’t know he really meant ON the spaceship!

  10. Ian Says:

    I seriously want to see that cover behind this book… It’s looking at me…

  11. Jaouad Says:

    I’d never imagined Rydra Wong as a Bond girl.

  12. 1st Paradox Says:

    You and me neither, Jaouad.

  13. Herm Says:

    So which of them is meant to be Babe L-17?

  14. Tat Wood Says:

    Rydra stepping on Brass’s goolies comes back to haunt us (With so many bad covers given to Simak over the decades this is him getting off lightly).

  15. Tom Noir Says:

    You ever see some overgrown bozo with a beak with a platinum blonde on his shoulder and think, “Now why can’t a nice guy like me get a girl like that?”

  16. anon Says:

    This cover makes me hope none of the main characters is jewish.

  17. Mike Says:

    Ah yes, the Logan’s Run pressing of Babel-17. I can’t remember if this is the one I own or not.

  18. A.R.Yngve Says:

    Why, oh why did Marilyn Monroe never star in a sci-fi movie… *sigh*

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