Dec 07

Man plus almonds equals...uh...Click for slightly larger image

Phil Comments: Almonds for eyes – check. Visible inner organs – check. Bionic limbs – check.
Published 1978

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: 7.58 out of 10)

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11 Responses to “Man Plus”

  1. THX 1138 Says:

    “You call this finished?! I have a terrible pain in the all diodes down my left side, for a start!”

  2. Adam Roberts Says:

    Nicely ambiguous strapline. ‘Of my many Nebula Award winning novels, this is the most recent …’

  3. Phil Says:

    Strangely, this was Pohl’s FIRST Nebula Award winning novel, so the strapline was optimistic (or possibly clairvoyant).

    It’s actually a terrific book still (I last re-read it about four years ago), and the cover isn’t a gazillion miles away from interpreting what Pohl describes. In fact, there are WORSE efforts out there – you may recall this one:

  4. Jaouad Says:

    Uh, teal and orange?

    (Damn, I too am now inflicted.)

    But seriously, why is that the men on those ‘Man Plus’ covers all look so pathetic?

  5. Tom Noir Says:

    This is my most recent award winning comment!

  6. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    Frederik Pohl Man staggered through the unwelcome city streets. His bionic arm struggled to keep his epidermis over his vitals. His almond eyes glanced desperately for help. His defeat by Triangle Man had reduced him to a dun-brown blob of indeterminate shape…

    …for now.

    But soon he would be back – bigger, stronger, faster – as Frederick Pohl Man Plus!

  7. Anti-Sceptic Says:

    He’s not doing a very good job of trying to cover up his private parts.

  8. FearofMusic Says:

    @THX1138: And afflicted with GPP as well no doubt. Brilliant sir, I tip my Pan-Galactic Gargle Blaster to you.

  9. FeařofMusic Says:

    ” The Korova Man Bar sold man plus. Man plus velocet, or synthemesc, or drencrom, which is what we were drinking… “

  10. anon Says:

    Lately Man Plus had began to regret his insistence on the matter and started wondering, if indeed that part of the budget might have been better spent on the surface materials of his body rather than the orbital disco lighting, which could only be seen by him, alone on Mars.

  11. Monty Says:

    I’ve got another one of these I’ll remember to post someday. It’s mostly font problems but oh boy howdy, what font problems.

    Having read the book, I suspect the artist just gave up upon hearing the description of the creature.

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