Aug 08

Welcome to our planet. You are required to sleep with us all. My name is Carl..

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Frank Comments: My reaction was “It’s a trap!” In the interest of repeating the experiment, today I showed this book to another volunteer in our organization and asked her “Male or female?” She got different answers for different sides of the neck line too. I think she found this somewhat distressing.
Published 1971

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: 8.12 out of 10)

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29 Responses to “Moonferns & Starsongs”

  1. lilacsigil Says:

    It’s a terrible cover even without your transphobia to go with it.

  2. Tom Noir Says:

    Whatever, she’s FABULOUS.

    Also, talk about your strategically placed ferns.

  3. CBrachyrhynchos Says:

    My first thought was “Cher”.

  4. Jami Says:

    The body says woman. The face says Leonard Nimoy.

  5. Tat Wood Says:

    The problem isn’t the sex of the face’s owner so much as that the woman has a headless body and someone else is looking over her right shoulder to see where her bonce has gone. The head went so fast it left the green wig in mid-air, to fall on her bodiless chum’s head at a peculiar angle. Or maybe his head arrived out of nowhere and knocked hers flying, in a sort of shop-dummy marbles game. And what’s with her luminous shoe?

  6. L.B. Says:

    @CBrachyrhynchos. My thought exactly. A missing sketch from the Sonny & Cher Show, maybe?

  7. THX 1138 Says:

    Dana International? No, Dana Intergalactic!

  8. fred Says:

    That poor N in starsongs is going to be crushed into an I.

  9. Anti-Sceptic Says:

    @Jami that was good. Gave me quite a chuckle.

  10. Yoss Says:

    Moonferns? Shouldn’t those be behind her? err him?

  11. Jerk of all Trades Says:

    Looks kind of like a paintover from before the era of Photoshop. I wish I could find a better photo; that would tell one way or another.

  12. Jerk of all Trades Says:

    Also, you would do better to speculate about how many pieces this cover-dweller was patched together from, rather than her sex or gender.

  13. A.R.Yngve Says:

    Does blue foliage grow FROM her crotch? Kinda heavy on the symbolism, or what?

  14. Green Says:

    Agreed, Lilacsigil, Tat Wood & J.O.A.T.! I’d be happy about having a trans/ intersexed person on the cover (Very Silverberg). But the cover is just terrible. I can’t tell if it’s strategically placed foliage, part of the being, or just a close and personal friend.

    In any case, I love Silverberg, so I will hunt it down & read it anyway.

  15. Rags Says:

    Butter Face!!

  16. Anna T. Says:

    Maybe a drag queen in a green wig? Could be, for all I know.

  17. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    The Ting! just below the chin almost makes it look like someone’s cut in a priest’s face and collar…admittedly, that doesn’t explain the eye shadow.

  18. RachelJ Says:

    Hey, look, it’s Hogar, before xe got into body-building and Viking cosplay.

  19. Francis Boyle Says:

    In an alternative universe Nimoy was called on to do the fan dance scene from Star Trek V.

  20. fred Says:

    I think we’ve found the perfect blind date for Sos the Rope.

  21. Tag Wizard Says:

    Post updated with enhanced cover image. Nice shoes.

  22. JuanPaul Says:

    I think the artist is using the fern to cover up that fact that the right leg has serious anatomy issues. Either that or the fern is hiding some cool attribute, like a mech-warrior leg with a tank tread for a foot.

  23. Raoul Says:

    Is that you Ann Coulter? The shadows are hiding your Adam’s Apple.

  24. Bibliomancer Says:

    Tonight on Between Two Ferns . . .
    On second thought you don’t want to see this.

  25. Anna T. Says:

    Anyone else notice that her left foot is morphing into an uncomfortable high-heeled shoe?

  26. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    Without presuming genders, gender roles or lifestyle choices, I’m pretty sure this person is a ho bag.

  27. JuanPaul Says:

    @dswbt26 which is not necessarily a bad thing

  28. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    @JP: just sayin’.

  29. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @Anna T: maybe the flower thingy is now starting to grow up xir other leg. The “shoe” is the same color and sort of the same shape.

    Don’t stand still too long, cover ho bag! You’ll get stuck there in one place, trapped by the vines!

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