Mar 18

Even space sheep doesn't want to censor this cover!Click for full image

Courtney Comments: There are actually some pretty great stories in this collection, but the concept is just ridiculous. Plus, you know, BOOBS.
Published 1990

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: 7.84 out of 10)

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23 Responses to “Alien Sex”

  1. Smith Says:

    I’m no doctor but that eye looks like it’s got cataracts.


  2. sohkamyung Says:

    @EllenDatlow Good or bad cover? RT “@GoodShowSir: New Book Cover: Alien Sex

  3. SI Says:

    So, the mouth on the bottom and the eye on the top… are those pimples? Ewww… I’d see a doctor about that!

    So who’s got some good alien pick up lines?

  4. Phil Says:

    Are they boobs? Or those little round plasters you can get for covering a zit? And is that a supermarket crab stick beneath the lips, bottom left?

    I’ve a feeling ANY cover would turn out laughable for a book called ALIEN SEX.

  5. Herm Says:

    Methinks we need cartoon sheep… or cartoon CS Lewis?

  6. fred Says:

    Is this a ‘Clutch Cargo’ – Synchro-Vox homage cover?

  7. Bibliomancer Says:

    Apparently only the writers of “dark” fantasy were allowed to contribute but the science fiction writers of both dark and light varieties were welcome.

    Tagmeister, this is perhaps the least “wtf” cover I’ve ever seen. Also, do we have a publisher? I won’t even bother to enquire about the cover artist, since there is no apparent art on display here.

  8. RachelJ Says:

    Bibliomancer, I believe the “wtf” tag pertains to the title.

  9. THX 1138 Says:

    Bah, darned Ancient Egyptian grafitti…

  10. The Tag Wizard Says:

    Colleague Bibliomancer,

    According to Fantastic Fiction, the publisher is Dutton, artist Paul Bacon. I quite like it. Restrained commentary on the great Jammy Dodger vs Pink Wafer debate.

  11. Tat Wood Says:

    @Bibliomancer: why were the fantasists even allowed to write stories with aliens in? Isn’t that a clearly-demarked prerogative of SF authors?

    And did the band ‘Alien Sex Fiend’ have their lawyers on call?

  12. FearofMusic Says:

    Forget the ‘art’, the title alone in it’s giant font is guaranteed to give you extra space on the bus. Or not, which could actually be much worse. For a moment I thought it said ‘Allen Sex’ which would seem an even creepier idea.

  13. Tom Noir Says:

    I agree, Fear of Music, and the title is too small to make out from a distance. For all the people on the bus know it says “A How-To Manual.”

  14. A.R.Yngve Says:

    Taking a more serious angle: Do you realize that deep down, this cover essentially states that “Women Are Aliens”…?

    Keep it classy, Datlow. Keep it classy.

  15. Pat Says:

    I believe the band took its name from the comic character Alien Sex Fiend.

    I don’t see breasts on this cover just an unfortunate number of oddly-placed spots.

  16. JuanPaul Says:

    If this is alien sex, I’ll being keeping it terrestrial.

  17. Stevie T Says:

    The little moonlet orbiting her pupil creeps me out.

    “Tell me, do I have something in my eye?” >flutters eyelash at intended victim<

  18. Jerk of all Trades Says:

    Breasts? Man, I thought those were eyes. This whole cover is badly designed.

  19. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    I keep seeing ‘As Lo Ie Eonx’, which doesn’t mean anything.

    But this does!


  20. Tom Noir Says:

    Alien Sex: what you won’t be getting if you’ve got pimples like these.

  21. Rags Says:

    Its comforting to know aliens have human eyes and lips, but what troubles me is that the rest of the alien body is all blue-grey and boring, except for those pimply-boobs, I MUST HAVE THEM!!

  22. Anti-Sceptic Says:

    Not much to see here….moving on.

  23. Verylatetotheparty Says:

    Are those boob emojis?

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