Oct 17

For anyone wondering how CD's work... it works this way... every time you use a CD!Click for full image

Jaouad’s Art Direction: This author sells multi-millions, so I was thinking huge laserdisc with some vaguely operatic characters on it, flying across a landscape of red crystals with a ridiculously large moon in the background. Also a beach girl.
Published 1992

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: 7.66 out of 10)

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18 Responses to “Virtual Mode”

  1. Tom Noir Says:

    This is exactly how sf geeks picture vayjays in their heads.


  2. Tat Wood Says:

    You might need to picture them in your head but most of us here are more hands-on.
    What became of Xanthony? His books used to clog up the SF sections like japanese knotweed twenty years back, a new one every ten days it seemed. But you can’t even find them in charity shops now.

  3. THX 1138 Says:

    What you don’t see is the giant dog about to catch the space frisbee in its mighty jaws.

  4. Adam Roberts Says:

    I particularly love the Henry-the-Eighth-alike in the middle. Indeed, I’m starting to wonder if you shouldn’t introduce a ‘Once I Caught A Fish And It Was Thiiiis Big!’ tag.

  5. Phil Says:

    Those crystalline spikes look very spikey indeed. Some of them almost Lakeland Pencil-like in their sharpness. Heaven help anyone who slides off the disc.

  6. Phil Says:

    As well as Henry VIII, I think I detect Richard III on the left. Next to that guy from Rentaghost. And either Elvis or Herman Munster on the right. Behind the lady. Whose legs are sinking. In sand.

    I demand a WTF tag!

  7. fred Says:

    I say, we can go where we want to
    A place where they will never find
    And we can act like we come from out of this world
    Leave the real one far behind
    And we can dance

  8. NGpm Says:

    I recall this being a fairly good series. I think the artist may have read the book … the whole series is really weird. Most of it would defy the artistic talents of a Richard Upton Pickman.

  9. A.R.Yngve Says:

    Now that’s ballsy… to proclaim “Beginning His Greatest Ever Series”.

    That’s like giving someone the Nobel Peace Prize before he’s done anything… er… um… forget what I said.

  10. A.R.Yngve Says:

    Isn’t this art taken from very early ads telling us about the “CD-ROM revolution”?

  11. Adam Roberts Says:

    #9: Hey! Europe won the Nobel Peace Prize! And as an EU citizen that means I won a Nobel Peace Prize! And I resent your implication that I personally have done nothing to promote world pe….

    Actually, forget I said anything.

  12. David Cowie Says:

    @ comment #6: beach lady is not sinking into the sand, she is kneeling.
    I’ll let someone else decide if it’s significant that the only woman is kneeling while all the men are standing.

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  14. Stevie T Says:

    No matter how bad (or irrelevant to the book) this cover is, it is better than the story it is attached to. Dreadful stuff, the Mode series.

  15. FeařofMusic Says:

    Is that a giant lake of urine beyond the forest of phalllic, ghastly pink pencils? This is just unpleasant to even look at. Even the giant silver Piers Anthony wouldn’t convince me to touch it.

    To quote Eric Altwood, “Fugly, Jennifer. With a capital y.”

  16. B. Chiclitz Says:

    1. Gotta lover that Jester attitude and pose, like, “Dude, have you ever heard of deodorant?”

    2. On deep zoom her flowing skirt is being blown back a bit beyond the PG-rated zone. Think I see a naughty bit there.

    3. Those crystals look just like the ones Lex Luthor tried to kill Superman with in “Superman Returns.” Didn’t do much good there either.

  17. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    Is that a chicken pock in the extreme back, on the mountain’s slope just left of the CD?

  18. A.R.Yngve Says:

    Neat Marketing Trick: People bought this book and then realized they had mistaken it for OMNI Magazine.

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