Feb 25

Last week you got 6 x H! I want to see your working out for this one!Click for full image

Frank Comments: I think the cover art is meant to convey that there are three different stories within, but then there is… Font Problem at Infinity!
Published 1963

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: 4.33 out of 10)

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23 Responses to “Three Times Infinity”

  1. towrope Says:

    three times dead eight?

  2. THX 1138 Says:

    “Hey – did you cancel the cleaning woman while we were away?”

  3. SI Says:

    I like to think they are giants walking through tiny mountains!

  4. Phil Says:



  5. Phil Says:

    Now if you turn the book clockwise by ninety degrees… you get some boobies, which really should be sheeped.

  6. Adam Roberts Says:

    3 times slightly-unequal-sized Boobies! I’m with Phil: where’s the Sheep of Decency when you need him?

  7. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    Needs a blurb.


  8. Joachim Says:

    🙁 Powers is the best sci-fi illustrator of all time — this one included. Cover art isn’t aways about representing what is in the book — that’s a more modern phenomenon. This is a masterpiece…. You are sadly mistaken.

    Here’s the listing for this cover — so it doesn’t have to be artist unknown.

  9. Joachim Says:

    And the artist isn’t responsible for the text.

  10. FearofMusic Says:

    Must be sci-fi, it’s got a math-y title. Which is greater, 3xinfinity, or 6xH, where the variable equals absolute lameness in choice of title.

    Seriously, you write an entire book, then go blank on the title? Seems to happen an awful lot…

  11. fred Says:

    I bet the ‘three times infinity’ was slapped on at the last second so as not to confuse reviewers as to the title. But there are 4 authors. Do Bradbury and Brackett split infi/nity?

  12. Anti-Sceptic Says:

    @Phil, if you are even more creative you can see the X representing the nether region, while the infinity symbol representing…..well, um, well….you know, a bulging balloon that was squeezed in the middle making it’s way towards that X….

    Man, I gotta get out more!

  13. Bibliomancer Says:

    3 times infinity is equal to infinity so the other two infinity stories can be ignored. This book is way more a math problem rather than a font problem. And the cover illustration by Powers is kind of cool.

    Why was this cover posted again? Have we run out of truly stupid covers?

  14. Joachim Says:

    @Bibliomancer — don’t worry — I just submitted a juicy one in protest to this gorgeous Power gem — hehehe….

  15. Frank Says:

    I shot this months ago. That you’re seeing it now probably means Our Good Host is raiding his slush pile. If you think you can submit something better suited, perhaps you should.

    I was seeing a lot of the Font Problem tag and when I saw this while setting up for our monthly book sale I thought it was a decent example of the sort of Font Problem you could end up with in the bad old days when this sort of thing was done with type cases and stencils. “They didn’t really…” I thought, then I picked it up and looked closer and decided that yes, they did turn an 8 on its side.

    Didn’t realize it was a Powers painting. He’s not credited and looking again I don’t think his signature appears on the cover. I did and do like that it is a three-layer portrait for a collection of three stories. And I’ve seen enough of what goes on to know that he probably didn’t commit the abusive typography seen atop his painting.

    Four authors, three stories. Bradbury and Brackett co-wrote “Lorelei of the Red Mist”.

  16. Phil Says:

    I’m disappointed that the publisher didn’t have faith in the SF audience.

    “3x∞? No one will understand that.”
    “Should we subtitle it?”

  17. Jaouad Says:

    Didn’t see the Powers tag, but yes, I quite like the painting. But hell, any attempt at transfinite arithmetic on a book cover deserves a mention here.

    Speaking of submitting, the server at appears to think that my gmail account is a spam account, so everything I send gets returned as delivery failure…

  18. Phil Says:

    @Jaouad, maybe it’s not your Gmail account – maybe the covers you’ve tried to send are just so awful that even GoodShowSir can’t accept them!

  19. GSS Admin Says:

    @Joauad – Sorry! We’re having a good few problems with email at the moment. I’ll look into why you have been spamlisted!

  20. Jaouad Says:

    @Phil – Oops, I’d always assumed that covers too awful even for GSS must be just right for GSS.

    @GSS Admin – Thanks!

  21. A.R.Yngve Says:

    Did you know that infinity times three is still infinity?
    So if you’ve got THREE copies of this book, you’ve also got just ONE copy….

  22. Anna T. Says:

    3 x Infinity Equals: REALITY BREAKAGE.

  23. anon Says:

    The answer is 2ナ.

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