Jan 23

Honey... I'm really not sure about this years Christmas tree...Click for slightly larger image

Joachim Comments: In case you didn’t notice, there’s a purpleย fetus in anamnioticplastic bag above my melting face.
Published 1968

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: 8.87 out of 10)

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24 Responses to “Counter-Clock World”

  1. towrope Says:

    This year’s alternative choice for Christmas tree decoration.

  2. THX 1138 Says:

    This is what happens when you EAT YOUR MAKE-UP! Where are the cha-cha heels I demanded?!

  3. L.B. Says:

    I’m glad I don’t eat breakfast. My appetite is completely gone now.

  4. Tat Wood Says:

    So Jemima’s tried to crucify Hamble, but where are Big Ted, Little Ted and Humpty.

    Oh, yes, Humpty’s in Oakland.

  5. Phil Says:

    I have always taken the title to be “Counter-Clock World”, a world that runs counter to the clock.

    But this cover makes me think it’s “Counter- Clock World”, an instruction to go against Clock World.

    The cover also puts me off ever reading it!

  6. FearofMusic Says:

    Philip K Dick was known to use drugs. Obviously the artist did as well. Perhaps to get in touch with his inner Dick.

    That doesn’t sound right. Or comfortable. Oh well..

  7. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    I’ll stop the world and melt your face…
    You’ve seen the foetus and it’s kind of grungy in the tree
    There’s nothing you and I won’t do…

  8. Phil Says:

    Curses, GSS. I put carefully place spaces in my earlier post (#5), but the GSS parser has eliminated them, rendering my post even more nonsensical than I intended it to be. Grrr.

    For the record, I was trying to make a distinction between:

    (a) Counter-Clock……….World,


    (b) Counter-…………Clock World.

    There. That’s got even with you.

  9. Joachim Says:

    Hmm, meant to write FETUS — can you change it please ๐Ÿ˜‰

  10. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    @Joachim: if we could change it, WE ALL WOULD. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  11. fred Says:

    Smoke provided by David Crosby.

  12. Joachim Says:

    OH, just checked my email with the image to him and I spelled it correctly — clearly he accidentally changed the spelling… alas…

  13. GSS Admin Says:

    Same word, British spelling… would be my UK dictionary I’m afraid!

    I’ve changed to a compromise just to be annoying ๐Ÿ˜›

  14. Joachim Says:

    Ahh, makes sense.

    According to wikipedia, the UK spelling is a hypercorrection of an INCORRECT etymology of the Latin (spelling: fetus) by Isidore of Seville 6th century…. just so you know.

  15. Jerk of all Trades Says:

    This is what happens when you design your cover using only crap you found while rummaging through dumpsters.

  16. Jaouad Says:

    #15: The heads in the dumpsters near where I live aren’t nearly as good-looking.

  17. Tat Wood Says:

    A mistake by Isidore of Seville is the substance of most PKD plots. Whose mistake this cover is I shudder to think – when I have nightmares about Nigella Lawson and Christmas trees they rarely contain polystyrene crucifixes, just ginger cake.

  18. Muttley Says:

    I have this edition too. It predates Nigella Lawson by some years.

    Yes, it is Counter-clock World, time is running backwards. Not yet turned into a major motion picture, but that can’t be far off.

  19. Stevie T Says:

    Looks like one of those collages they force you into making in the eighth grade, then you have to say how “meaningful” it is as its supposed to be a commentary on some socio-politcal hot topic, instead of a bunch of random crud you threw onto a piece of cardboard in desperation, because collages really aren’t your thing.

    Or was I the only one who had an art class like that?

  20. Greg M. Says:

    Dear parents: if this is your child’s idea of a good art project for school, seek professional help immediately.

  21. Joachim Says:

    My art teacher was more concerned with which side of her own face was more attractive — now she probably looks like that lady on the cover…

  22. Anti-Sceptic Says:

    “Do you think this fetus gives my hair more volume? Be honest…..”

  23. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    @TW: allow me to be the first to nominate the ‘yuk’ tag, and here. This one has given me the willies ever since it was posted.

  24. A. R. Yngve Says:

    That reminds me, I need to think up a new Halloween display for the house.

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