Nov 22

Ah I see you play the Antagonising Dimension of Eternal Pain Flute. It's quite the classical instrument.Click for full image

Jaouad Comments: Don’t really know what’s going on here, but I’m immoderately fascinated by the robot in the background, which appears to be gift-wrapping some other robot, lying on a table. ‘Tis the season?
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: 7.37 out of 10)

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19 Responses to “The Rod of Light”

  1. THX 1138 Says:

    “You’ll never guess where I was keeping this!”

    Sequels: The Jane of Light, The Freddy of Light.

  2. Phil Says:

    The rod of light has a face, and it doesn’t look too pleased at the idea that it is about to be grabbed by ol’ red eyes.

    The robot in the far background is, I think, a robo-undertaker measuring up a robo-corpse for a robo-coffin. Perhaps the robo-deceased made a foolish grab for the rod of light and consequently fused his positronic robo-brain.

  3. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    Today’s Thanksgiving in the US, isn’t it? Thanks for this enormous helping of turkey! 🙂

  4. Tat Wood Says:

    @THX: someone has Bungled.
    @Phil: you’re right, and that’s the plot of the book. Jasperodus, anti-hero of ‘The Soul of the Robot’, in in search of the modulated waveband that gave him, uniquely among robots, self-awareness and free will. Then it gets into Zoroastrian football matches and then it gets a bit confusing.
    Bayley was brilliant but suffered from horrible covers. This is one of the best. (The first cover is the one from the copy I got for 40p in Co-op that kept me together during my O-Levels)

  5. FearofMusic Says:

    I beg your pardon. Self aware robots engaged in Zoroastrian football matches? Ssounds like the Spurs. More interesting probably.

  6. fred Says:

    Glowing eye dude must spend a fortune on body polish. Gift-wrap or robot dental floss?

  7. Adam Roberts Says:

    Not as good as the sequel, THE ROD OF HULL. Had an emu on the front cover, if I recall.

  8. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    Above is the Before. We’ve already seen the After.

  9. A.R.Yngve Says:

    “Jasperodus, you just gotta have the Rod of Light — it’s a scream!”

    BADA-BUM! Thank you, thank you!

  10. Don Hilliard Says:

    This one gave me a double-take – Ace Books used the same artwork in the US a year later for a Jack Vance short-story collection, The Augmented Agent! (Which I think is still on my bookshelf.)

  11. A.R.Yngve Says:


  12. Jerk of all Trades Says:

    I’m in agreement with the frowny-face robot on the right.

  13. Phil Says:

    Don Hilliard is absolutely right – here’s the Jack Vance version of this cover:

  14. Jaouad Says:

    #10, #13: Wow, thanks. I love it when that happens! 😉

  15. Anti-Sceptic Says:

    Hey, even your light-sabre can see the folly in trying to grab it from the other end!

  16. Rags Says:

    The 2 robots in the background have rod envy.

  17. Tom Noir Says:

    Given the high level of phallic imagery on this cover, I’m glad the publisher went the distance and topped it off with a quote from Michael Moorcock.

  18. A.R.Yngve Says:

    “Edvard Munch’s Scream was trapped in the Phantom Zone — and only Goldenpecs could save it”

  19. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    Now here is a man who shines like a golden column when all around is dark!

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