Jul 31

What the original James Bond opening was going to show.Click for full UNSHEEPED image

Clairepie Comments: There is a blue boobed lady on the front, that’s how you know it’s good Sci Fi!
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: 7.38 out of 10)

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24 Responses to “The Queen of Air and Darkness and Other Stories”

  1. Sophaloaf Says:

    Is this the female equivalent of blue balls?

  2. Smith Says:

    So is she dead? Or just really cold?

    Either way that kid looks very unhappy about the whole situation.

  3. THX 1138 Says:

    The Queen of Hands Like Shovels and Janet Jackson Super Bowl Tributes.

  4. L.B. Says:

    That baby was what caught my attention (that and the space sheep). Very creepy stare.

  5. Sneaky Burrito Says:

    Why does the baby look more realistic than the woman? I’m not even referring to the whole blue skin thing. Maybe it’s because the woman doesn’t have a forehead?

  6. fred Says:

    Sure it isn’t The Queen of Hair and Darkness?

  7. David Cowie Says:

    Where’s CS Lewis? Bring back Lewis!

  8. Don Hilliard Says:

    Apparently this was the artist’s audition for the Book of British Birds: he wanted to show he could do a bluetit.

    I’ll get me coat…

  9. Sophaloaf Says:

    I’m surprised no one said anything about Avatar….I guess that was…three years ago.

  10. Herm Says:

    @Sneaky Burrito: I think the baby looks more real and three-dimensional because the shadows and contrast are deeper. It’s ok on the blue lady’s hands but bad on her face, making it look flat.

    I only notice this because it’s something I’m bad at in my own art…

  11. Claire Says:

    @Don. Shakes head.

  12. Jaouad Says:

    Black-eyed baby is single-craniumedly carrying the weight of those jugs. No wonder it has Teh Evil Stare.

  13. Jerk of all Trades Says:

    Story is something about settlers on an alien world with no life and a baby of theirs goes missing, causing them to suspect there might be life after all, ~woo-ooo-oooo!~ That has totally never been done before!

    I guess the blue lady with the stars is supposed to represent the possible alien presence that takes human babies for No Good Reason (Especially since, as having evolved in two distant star systems, they probably can’t even eat them).

  14. Rachel J Says:

    @Jerk of all Trades. I’ve read this, and it’s actually better than you think. (As I recall, anyway.)

  15. Anti-Sceptic Says:

    Careful, or the baby will drop into space, or rather out to space….err I mean down to space….oh forget it, don’t drop the baby!

  16. Sam Says:

    I didn’t realise Poul Anderson was a sci-fi writer in addition to being the acclaimed director of Mognolia and Thore Will Be Blood.

  17. Green Says:

    Adding Dolly to the cover improves the art, somehow.

  18. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    @Don: on a cover like this one, better a blue tit than a nuthatch.

    Why does her medallion read ‘PLC’? Can you buy shares of this lady on the open market? If so, it might explain why so much of her has been snapped up.

  19. RachelJ Says:

    @Dead Stuff. In my last comment it seems I forgot to confirm that yes, #13 is an accurate plot synopsis. I mean, how could it not be?

  20. B. Chiclitz Says:

    What accounts for the lady’s expression?
    1. Being blue in the first place
    2. Having a nipple exposed to the harsh conditions of deep space
    3. Wearing a metal collar that must chafe, when you think of it
    4. Left (her left) earring seems to have gotten dislodged and is now sticking into her forehead—quite painful I’ll bet
    5. The kid just did a doo-doo
    6. All of the above

  21. anon Says:

    @B. Chiclitz: I think #3 accounts for #1.

  22. Anna T. Says:

    What’s wrong with Blue Alien Woman is that her arms are out of proportion. That’s what’s wrong. They look like they belong to someone else.

  23. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:


  24. A.R.Yngve Says:

    Wait a minute — Poul Anderson is an award-winning novella??

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