Nov 26

Harsh words had been said by both... but Palmer would soon make up with Space Module 545454-C.Click for full image

Tat Wood Comments: This is by way of adding to the conversation about recycling artwork. Ideally, it should be appended to the comments on ‘The Rod of Light’. No prizes for guessing what it originally covered, but given that Dick’s book has some pretty distinctive visual iconography (mentioned in the title) it’s a stupidly inappropriate choice.
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: 6.34 out of 10)

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21 Responses to “The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch”

  1. James Says:

    um. the artists couldn’t read… or no excuse really

  2. Pip Says:

    This cover originally for the ‘Dune’ books?

  3. Gav Says:

    That’s the cover art for an edition of Dune.

    I know because I have a copy at home in my bookcase..

    I don’t understand why it says “The Three Stigmata …” on it. That’s pretty baffling. Printing error? Fake?

  4. acélpatkány Says:

    Was that originally cover of a Dune novel?

  5. tikitu Says:

    Pretty sure I have the Dune edition with that cover, somewhere packed in a box.

  6. Phil Says:

    Sure was:

  7. Jaouad Says:

    That was the first Dune edition I ever read.

    I wanted to submit a Dutch cover which I remembered having read from the public library once, but I haven’t been able to find it for real. So here’s the thing as found on the interwebz:

    God Emperor of Dune (Dutch translation), with an exciting cover image representing the climactic finale of…?

  8. THX 1138 Says:

    The Three Stigmata of Paul Atreides?

  9. A.R.Yngve Says:

    The Three Stigmata Of Science Fiction Publishing: Artwork, Blurb, Editor.

  10. L.B. Says:

    @THX. If you watch the David Lynch adaptation of the movie, there’s bleeding from the eyes and mouth, if I’m not mistaken. So the Bene Gesserit had some stigmata action going on.

  11. Adam Roberts Says:

    Jaouad: that link to the Dutch God Emperor of Dune is something special indeed!

  12. Tat Wood Says:

    @Gav: the publishers re-used Bruce Pennington’s cover for the UK edition of ‘Dune’ for a reprint of the PKD novel. It’s 1/3 the page-count of ‘Dune’.
    @Jaouad: I rushed to get ‘God-Emperor’ when it came out but hurled it across the room in frustration. There was a conversation about yoghurt that finally did for me. Nobody I know can recall a plot of any kind.I dimly remember that Leto had a Gadaffi-like all-girl army*, but unlike Gadaffi, called them his ‘Fish-Speakers’. So for all I know there may well have been a pegasus somewhere towards the end.
    (*By which I mean that like the late Libyan dictator, he had a female-only bodyguard, not that Leto’s army were all women who looked like Muammar Gadaffi).

  13. Warren B. Says:

    “I rushed to get ‘God-Emperor’ when it came out but hurled it across the room in frustration.”

    I got it years later in a second-hand bookshop, but did the same thing with it.

  14. Phil Nichols Says:

    HE: So, um, what’s a stigmata?

    SHE: I don’t know. Perhaps you should draw the Palmer instead.

    HE: Or an Eldritch?

    SHE: If you like.

    HE: OK. So, um, what is an Eldritch?

    SHE: Look, just re-use that DUNE cover, OK?

    HE: Works for me!

  15. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    @Phil: here you are, an Eldritch. That’ll be £1.

  16. Jaouad Says:

    @Tat Wood: I can’t recall much of a plot either, and I stopped reading the McDune stuff after that. However, the pegasus is actually an eagle. Carrying a wizard.

    @Adam Roberts: The Soddits in the foreground are what did it for me.

  17. Joachim Says:

    Well, almost all the Manor books used other cover earlier pieces of cover art….

  18. anon Says:

    Operators watched helplessly as the giant cymbal droid escaped into the horizon.

  19. JuanPaul Says:

    The three stigmata could transform the world, or end it, or cause sub par service at your favorite restaurant. Really, anything could happen.

    *I have a handful of covers to submit. Unfortunately, the treasure trove of a bookstore where I used to find a lot of bad covers has closed it’s doors forever.

  20. BMunro Says:

    Of course, “made for the actual book” isn’t always a plus.

    This is the cover of the edition I first read (which, now that I think of it, has a vaguely “Asian racist stereotype” look to it).×932.png

    Edit: Bruce A Munro, of course. Darn autofill.

  21. GSS ex-noob Says:

    I sent in a giant whack of truly terrible covers nearly 3 YEARS AGO and none of them were used! Release the Strategic Cover Stockpile!

    Why someone at Manor thought a re-used “Dune” cover was a good idea is lost in the mists of time. Couldn’t someone have done up, I dunno, stigmata for less?

    Like most of the above, I thought “God-Emperor of Dune” was crap. Is that the one where he turns into a giant slug? Which led to a cover I’m pretty sure we’ve had here.

    I have a later printing of the first American paperback, all brown crunchy paper and the spine entirely replaced with duct tape. It has an honored place on my bookshelf. It sits alone, no other “Dune” books. Let’s hope they don’t become movies, although the low-budget Syfy version of “Messiah/Children” was all right.

    None of the endless sequels/prequels are a patch on “DOON”, though. All hail the Kumquat Haagendasz!

    @ARY (9): GSS! So true.

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