Mar 05

Everyone knows cyborgs are instantly attracted to the Ting! of high heels!Click for full image

Bibliomancer Comments: Face off between the Man with the X-ray eyes and the Invisible Woman, I like what I DON’T see!
Published 1964
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: 7.62 out of 10)

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24 Responses to “The Towers of Toron”

  1. Jaouad Says:

    That poor woman should get herself some tattoos. Or some dental fillings.

  2. SI Says:

    Grylocke the Cyborg never talked about the night he stumbled on his… invisible trap… Rosco…

  3. THX 1138 Says:

    “I hate to break it to ya, lady, but if ya wear all that we can pretty much still see ya.”

  4. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    Ace Double, eh? What’s the b-side?

  5. Bibliomancer Says:

    The B-side is for “boring” (or “boom” goes the rocket ship). “The Lunar Eye” by Robert Moore Williams:

  6. Tat Wood Says:

    @Deadstuff: This is the middle of a trilogy by Delany, who had to finish his paper-round and do his homework before writing a stand-alone novel the following week. The other two volumes got similarly rough handling by Jack Gaughan those two times, instead of getting Emshed. Delany later mischieviously dedicated his wilfully un-illustratable ‘The Einstein Intersection’ to Gaughan ‘for what is without’. The other dedicatee is the guy who lopped 1/3 out of each book in that trilogy.

  7. Tat Wood Says:

    Oops! This is the other one the answer to the quetion on the cover is ‘yes’, and the B-side here was one of James White’s ‘Sector General’ books.

  8. Tom Noir Says:

    This sounds like the setup for a bad sitcom:

    HE’s a cyborg with a wandering eye*. SHE’s an invisible diva with a flair for the dramatic. When they move into 21B, will the TOWERS OF TORON ever be the same?!?


  9. Jaouad Says:

    The Emperor’s New Wife served to distract attention from the *other* elephant in the room.

  10. FearofMusic Says:

    Yesterday floating in the air,
    I met a woman who wasn’t there,
    She wasn’t there again today,
    I wish her clothes would go away.

    “Look,” he says, “I know it’s crazy, I know it’ll never work out. I mean, I am an incredibly unattractive cybernetic organism and you are an invisible woman with a penchant for dressing like Zsa Zsa Gabor…but can’t we give it a shot?”
    “No. No.” she replied,”And who is this John Connor you keep asking me about?”

  11. FearofMusic Says:

    Find out what happens next week on “Towers of Toron”,a Tom Noir production, brought to you by Google, because at Google we KNOW what you like.

  12. A.R.Yngve Says:

    Still, that was back when it was still possible TO depict on the cover the actual content of a Delany novel … if you know what I mean and I think you do.

  13. fred Says:

    Frankly, given all that is going on with this cover, the stars on the cape is an evil touch of genius.

  14. Phil Says:

    Unknown artist, you say? Look at the guy’s jawbone, and you will see inscribed there “Emsh”. It’s by Ed Emschwiller. Genius artist. This is one of those good-bad covers: beautifully executed, but totally crackers.

  15. Adam Roberts Says:

    I cannot help myself; I see the title ‘THE TOWERS OF TORON’, and I find myself singing the opening to the Pink Panther theme. ‘Toron toron … toron … toron toron toron …’

  16. Anti-Sceptic Says:

    Does this dress make me look fat?

  17. Phil Says:

    @Anti-Sceptic: yes, it does. Now, do you have a comment on today’s cover?


  18. Anti-Sceptic Says:

    Good one @Phil. I should have known better and used quotes 馃槢

    By the invisible woman’s pose it also looks like she’s saying “Honey, that was my invisibility cream, not hair tonic!”

  19. JuanPaul Says:

    I always suspected Peter Garrett was a robot. No human could dance like that.

  20. B. Chiclitz Says:

    1. Maybe there’s a shadowy blot meant to represent the ring finger, but it really looks as though she has only four fingers on her right hand.

    2. Would this image be better, or worse, in whatever sense you use the words, if his eyes were actually popping out of his head? Certainly remove any doubts about the focal point of the gaze. . . .

  21. Georgios Says:

    “The Mowers of Moron”… But the cover is so Dali-esque, give it some credit…

  22. Tom Noir Says:

    Hey buddy, her eyes are up… well, actually, I don’t know where her eyes are.

  23. anon Says:

    @Georgios: “The Dowers of Doron”.

  24. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife.

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