Sep 19

Hey baby... I call this... my fourth law of robotics...Click for slightly larger image

Joachim Comments: A robot with a rocket crotch — literally…
Published 1985

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: 8.63 out of 10)

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33 Responses to “The Naked Sun”

  1. James Says:

    How dare you pretend Chris Foss’ work is anything less than perfect. 😛
    I’ve loved his work since I was a kid, he’s the reason I’ve read so much scifi. Walking around bookshops with parents and seeing his awesome work would make me demand I have the book. My parents loved that this 8 year old was demanding hard scifi books. 😀

  2. towrope Says:

    looks like rule 34 again

  3. THX 1138 Says:

    “I’ve finally found someone I can love – a good, clean love… without utensils.”

  4. Tat Wood Says:

    The camp robot in the background’s certainly impressed. And at least the cover has included a robot in the cover, unlike Foss’s ‘The Caves of Steel’.
    But yeah, Foss rocks.

  5. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    Actually, Creedence Clearwater Revival’s ‘Fortunate Son’ goes quite well with this cover.

  6. Peper Says:

    But, but Chris Foss is awesome!

    I have so many books merely bought because of his artwork!

  7. Tom Noir Says:

    If they’d just put pants on that robot they wouldn’t have to be covering it up with a spaceship!

    He seems quite proud of whatever he’s got back there.

  8. Adam Roberts Says:

    The Joy of Sun

  9. Adam Roberts Says:

    Also, check our that robot’s (ahem) ‘headlights’! Tits and Asimov!

  10. Joachim Says:

    @Tom, or, that is what he’s got….

  11. Yoss Says:

    Thrusters on full!

  12. Vigan Says:

    Allow me to join in the choir of Foss fans: Apologize for this insult on the name of our Prophet, or we shall retaliate with beheadings and bombings, or worse: harshly-worded letters to the editor!

    Also, I’m pretty sure this was intentional, like the scene in True Lies where Aziz takes off with the warhead sticking out between his legs.

  13. Joachim Says:

    @ Vigan, I’m sure it was intentional — but intentionally stupid is often just as funny as unintentionally stupid. The entire series Foss did for Asimov’s robot novels are just as hokey… There’s one where a robot is holding a HUGE rattle.

  14. fred Says:

    Welcome to another episode of “Robots Behaving Badly”.

    SUN! SUN! I said “Set the controls for the heart of the SUN”.

  15. Phil Says:

    The Naked Sun? Frank Drebin’s finest hour? Oh, just one letter different.

    I’m liking the robot in the background, who looks straight out of the Cadbury’s Smash adverts – but in the interests of robotic decency, that cover should have a C.S.Lewis fizzog or modesty sheep superimposed.

  16. THX 1138 Says:

    Rather than Frank Drebin I’m now thinking Austin Powers.

  17. Phil Says:

    Yeah, baby.

  18. Sneaky Burrito Says:

    What I immediately thought of when I saw this image was this video: (audio required, and NSFW)

    (It’s D*** in a Box, if you don’t want to bother to follow the link. While there are 35 million + YouTube views, I don’t know how much attention this got outside the USA.)

  19. A.R.Yngve Says:

    I hesitated about making any joke about a Chris Foss cover — I love his stuff, it appeals to my inner 10-year-old — but at long last, something has to be said about a painting of a giant robot with A WIENER IN A BUN.

    What can one say?
    – That it might also work as a geeky condom ad? “When You’re Hard As Steel, Use Titan Heavy Duty”
    – That when the robots finally take over, they will spare Chris Foss?
    – That John Major has a recurring dream where he’s a giant robot with spectacles who tramples London while sporting a massive steel schlong?

    I’m stumped.

  20. chuffmunky Says:

    you’re all perverts. Also it’s a terrible cover even without the innuendo; it’s the only problem I have with Chris Foss’ stuff – it sometimes looks like a load of random shapes, like he threw a pile of lego on the floor and drew that. He’s very very good at giving random shapes substance and detail, but it often just doesn’t look like it would actually work. This robot is probably thinking “WTF am i supposed to be?!” just before it tries to take a step and snaps in half. Now, Peter Elson…. drool. ;D

  21. Jaouad Says:

    @chuffmunky “He’s very very good at giving random shapes substance and detail, but it often just doesn’t look like it would actually work.”

    This! Foss exactly. I’ve always admired his work, even though I never knew how to describe its subtle wrongness. Thanks for articulating this.

    That said, maybe his machines are just not supposed to have been designed by humans. That thing looks like a robot to us, but it could be an alien espresso machine.

  22. Stevie T Says:

    Wow. Just wow. That is just so NOT suggestive. At all. No sirreeee.

  23. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    I never noticed the rather fastidious robot in silhouette at back right.

    ‘Um…ah…bless my soul…have you…er…perhaps they’re behind the counter… *sotto voce* have you any blue spacecraft? Ah, for sale, that is. I couldn’t help…em…notice that other fellow, and…well…I am a bit curious, I must admit…’

  24. Arch9enius Says:

    It’s the annoying nail-eating robot from /Ulysses 31, except now it’s megalithic, and probably megalithicly annoying. might also have an appetite for oil refinery flamestacks.

  25. Rags Says:

    HUMANS, flee before the awesome sight that is, my package!!

  26. Perry Armstrong Says:

    It’s a little-known fact that the screenplay for ‘American Pie’ was based upon an Asimov short story.

  27. anon Says:

    I’d hate to be in that transport.

  28. Ray P Says:

    The Fossians v. the Elsonians seems like the basis for a mighty work of sf.

  29. anon Says:

    “How’s the sunshine over there?”
    “Needs more roblowjob.”

  30. JJYoyo Says:

    This has to best the worst viagra advertisement ever. I meant to say, the best. Little blue pill indeed, the rocket ship you need.

  31. Bruce A Munro Says:

    “Not being a fan of science fiction, Foss typically did not read the books he illustrated, preferring to paint scenes entirely from his imagination” – Wikipedia

  32. The Blue Are Coming Says:

    At first glance, I thought it was the censor-sheep.

  33. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @ Bruce: I guess that explains the constant WTF and inappropriateness (<– holy cow, that really is a word) of covers to books.

    It also meant the publishers could just slap any old cover on any book. It might be full of Unicorns! or robots, doesn't matter.

    Could be worse, could be this one:

    or indeed, any other of the bad covers for this book that have appeared here.

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