Apr 19

Wouldn't be so bad... if it didn't sing Abba covers all day.Click for full image

Jon L’s Art Direction: I want mountains! Mouths! Bad breath in the form of clouds! I’m talking The Emerald City on top of a giant screaming insect hillside chomping on the landscape! With lazer beam eyes! You know – sci-fi!
Published 1970

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: 8.08 out of 10)

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18 Responses to “The Singing Citadel”

  1. THX 1138 Says:

    We all live in a Singing Citadel, a Singing Citadel, a Singing Citadel…

  2. Phil Says:

    Open Wide. Now say “aaaaah”.

  3. A.R.Yngve Says:

    When dentists work on acid.

  4. Tat Wood Says:

    The sun shines east, the sun shines west, but I know where the sun shines best…

  5. FeàrofMusic Says:

    Psilocybin, LSD, makes this cover sing to me! Gooooo hippie artists! YEAH!

  6. B. Chiclitz Says:

    It’s Peter Max-meets-8th-grade-graphics-design class! And I think there’s a Blue Meanie lurking behind one of the mountain tops.

  7. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    Oh, ho! I’ve found a loophole in the rules. I could not be embarrassed reading this book on the train, because no-one would be able to look at the cover for more than three seconds without going blind.

  8. fred Says:

    Elric, Corum, and Erekose walk into a karaoke bar…

  9. JuanPaul Says:

    Why does this make me think about Skittles?

  10. Dave Van Domelen Says:

    Y’know, no matter how weird a Baen cover is, you know that it’s an accurate depiction of the story inside.

    With Moorcock books, no matter how weird the cover is, it’s probably underselling the story.

  11. Frank Says:

    @JuanPaul: because that cathedral up top looks like a unicorn’s horn and you’re thinking about what’s happening at the far end?

  12. A.R.Yngve Says:

    There is a big dilemma hovering over all SF book covers:

    Should you accurately depict what’s in the book… at the risk of freaking out the easily-freaked-out-public… or should you — as Dave so aptly put it — “undersell” the content and risk not attracting the target audience…?

    I have no answer to that one. But don’t knock publishers for taking risks. As long as they take risks with skill and, what’s the word, panache.

  13. Stevie T Says:

    I’m pretty sure this graphic was in a “Laser Floyd” show I saw a couple of years ago…

  14. Anna T. Says:

    That’s not a city. It’s clearly the crown of this giant alien thing who’s currently chowing down on a mountain range.

  15. Ray P Says:

    Citadel: I have a mouth and I must sing.

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  17. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @ARY: Bravo! Been too long since we saw that chestnut. Surprised it hadn’t already been posted for this.

  18. Verylatetotheparty Says:

    After trying out a spectacular new stage set and light show to no avail, the producers of the renamed Multi-Coloured Minstrel Show eventually had to admit that times had changed and call it a day.

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