Sep 13

Meet my pet dog Justin... his favourite game is stabbing...Click for full image

Kim Comments: The wolf is only dangerous when he escapes from his carer.
Published 1975

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: 8.99 out of 10)

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31 Responses to “New Writings in SF 23”

  1. Tat Wood Says:

    It’s nice to see Agent Two-Zero getting work after ‘Stingray’ ended. His Vulcan Salute needs work, though.

  2. THX 1138 Says:

    “I’ve had it up to here with your ‘Werewolf? There wolf!” jokes!”

    Also, anyone else misread this as edited by Kenneth Bummer?

  3. Adam Roberts Says:

    Is the cat-faced feller in the background wearing one of those novelty foam giant hands?

  4. Jaouad Says:

    Does that foam hand even have a thumb?

  5. Anti-Sceptic Says:

    Is just my imagination, or does it look like there’s a book, within a book, within a book?

  6. fred Says:

    If they did an album would it consist of new singings?

  7. Esoth Says:

    “Big Hands, I know you’re the one/”

  8. Phil Says:

    Catman’s futile giant hand gesture is breaking out of the frame… but I can’t figure out why there IS a frame. It does indeed look like a book within a book etc.

    And old dogface has eyes that remind me of Obie, the overfed sausage dog:

  9. Jerk of all Trades Says:

    Please say the murderous wolfman fellow is also a mad scientist. He has got that expression down

  10. A.R.Yngve Says:

    The full moon came into view — and before the shocked stares of the other Muppets, Gonzo turned into… a werewolf!

  11. Smith Says:

    Tell me to fetch that stick again, and I’ll cut you.

  12. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    ‘Corgi Books’,eh? We know who’s the publisher’s pet (so to speak)!

  13. Sneaky Burrito Says:

    @Jaouad: I can’t see a clear thumb, either. I see a feature that could be the heel of a hand, but the positioning of the digit next to it is all wrong. And yet, there are five fingers on the hand.

    But then, if the internet has taught us anything, it’s that cats would totally take over the world if they only had opposable thumbs. So maybe a correctly-drawn appendage was too terrible for the artist to contemplate.

  14. Tat Wood Says:

    Two books along… ‘A Plague Of All Cowards’. Not ON all cowards, but a plague that either turns everyone into one or infests the land with them like rats in Hamelin. Do they mean an epidemic of cowardice or simply that everyone suddenly wears silk dressing-gowns, rolls their Rs and calls everyone else ‘dear boy’?

  15. Tom Noir Says:

    We SO need an ‘animals with weapons’ tag!

  16. chuffmunky Says:

    The wolf’s been watching Lion King too much maybe?

  17. Rags Says:

    I refuse to use my huge, poisonous claws or my massive teeth, NO, instead i shall weild this small piece of plastic to inflict minor irritations upon thee!!

  18. Kripslod Says:

    The picture in the background is actually a travel poster for wonderful Bozeman Montana. Summer or Winter there is always something to do in Bozeman. In the foreground is the sad outcome of giving professional sled dogs performance enhancing drugs.

    @ Tat Wood It’s been a year now and no one has commented on your witty observations, so I’ll bite. Maybe it’s a negative look at a family reünion. The English Cowards, Couhirdes, Couhyrds, Couhyrdes, Cohyrdes, Couherds, Cowherds, Couhirds, and of course the Couherdes, will all be invited. But certainly not the French Cuards or Couards.

  19. B. Chiclitz Says:

    The wolf has better thumbs than the catman. Even though he only has nine digits, three of them seem to be thumbs.

    Then again, his right arm seems to be completely detached from his body and sort of just disintegrates below the “wrist,” so it’s really just, wtf?

  20. Tom Noir Says:

    Who likes this dog’s art?

    Who? Who? Who who?

  21. anon Says:

    One less finger in the left paw, eh Wolfy?
    That’s what happens when your knife doesn’t have a handle.

  22. L.B. Says:

    Is this one of those banned Tango ads? The floppy big hand? That wolf just did not want to get Tango’d.

  23. Longtime_Lurker Says:

    Four years plus after:
    “A PLAGUE OF ALL COWARDS, [William Barton’s] second novel, is a multi-leveled story peopled with exotic and very real characters, treacherous and complex intrigues, a hunt for a desperate assassin…and The Oracle, a sentient computer capable of manipulating certain levels of reality…”.
    So now you know.

  24. fred Says:

    Using book cover logic, if I turn around with my back to the monitor, do I then become a character in one of these stories?

  25. JuanPaul Says:

    @fred Yes, and you will immediately be stabbed in the back

  26. A.R. Yngve Says:

    Come to SF.23 for all your Halloween costume ideas.
    Check out this year’s special: Werewolf puppets! Scare the kids with this lifelike monster.

  27. Verylatetotheparty Says:

    Phil’s nine year old link still works, and Obie the ob(i)ese sausage hellhound is scarier than the wolfman on the cover.

  28. Bruce A Munro Says:

    “Oh no! This werewolf has a knife!”

    When your werewolf insists on playing in the interstellar portal system even though you expressly said no. Bad werewolf!

  29. fred Says:

    Looking at his surroundings, I think wolfy is holding an icicle.

  30. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @fred: Could be, the background does look snowy.

    @Vlttp: Yikes. You’re right.

    Is Catman the son of Plastic Man, and inherited a long stretchy arm, or did he just get than hand cut off (by Wolfy?) and threw it at the camera?

  31. Bruce A Munro Says:

    “At last! Vengeance on all those who mocked my comically outsized paw-hands!”

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