May 23

Cleaning giant babies is a team effort.. Click for slightly larger image

Joachim Comments: The future fashion item of choice — yellow plastic latex gloves… A better title would be “The Janitorial Triplets: an odyssey from childhood to adulthood”.
Published 1978

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: 8.11 out of 10)

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27 Responses to “Vestiges of Time”

  1. THX 1138 Says:

    OK, who photocopied the baby?

  2. Tat Wood Says:

    This is exactly the right cover for a 1979 electronica single, possibly on Mute records, or at a pinch Rough Trade.
    (In fact, it’s possibly more appropriate for the single than this )

    Not really a good look for a novel, though.

  3. Vigan Says:

    “The answers to the present”… The question of course being “How do you avoid wrinkled fingers when bathing three babies of wildly varying size?”

  4. Jaouad Says:

    Completely Irrelevant Scientific Fact: that’s not a space chart, that’s a bubble chamber, probably for measuring the particles released when three babies collide.

  5. Phil Says:

    At birth, the triplets varied in size. By age 27, they were identical in every respect, even down to their jumpsuits and Marigolds.

  6. The Tag Wizard Says:

    How right you are Jaouad, good knowledge!

  7. FeàrofMüsic Says:

    q: Are we not men?
    a: We are babies.

    We’re through with our drool, eliminate the ninnies and the twits..

    This is what it’s like when babies collide! Are you ready for it, cause I’m ready for it..

    babies….non-stop……babies…non-stop, electro-pop..

    I try to grab it but the baby is hot, the mirror collapses but the image does not

    (and for Anti-sceptic) A-round the world, a-round the wor-uld.

  8. Tom Hering Says:

    Despite a severely limited budget, fans of The Fall of Hyperion go ahead with their reenactment of the scene from the 1991 cover art.

  9. Bibliomancer Says:

    Nelson Doubleday don’t need no fancy art department with expensive artists and paints. People aren’t buying any of these books for their attractive covers. All of the copies were purchased by people too embarrassed to admit they forgot to mail back the Science Fiction Book Club selection-of-the-month card.

    @Tag Wizard – It’s Richard MEREDITH

  10. Tom Hering Says:

    And the artist is Margo Herr.

  11. The Tag Wizard Says:

    Thanks Tom (and thanks Margo)!

  12. The Tag Wizard Says:

    Thanks Biblio – both GSS Admin and myself are a bit more preoccupied than usual today

  13. B. Chiclitz Says:

    “They crossed the timelines of the future to find the answers to the present.”

    Has to be the most uninspiring cover blurb ever written. You see this on a bookstand and can only respond, like, “Yeah, whatever.” Pity the poor blurb writer. Doesn’t even get the giant bazooms to help hold the reader’s eye in place.

  14. Bibliomancer Says:

    @B.Chiclitz – Blurb phoned in along with the cover art. But of course you would never see this new on the bookstand. See me at #9.

  15. SFRuminations Says:

    — my hilarious triplets with plastic latex gloves cover submission on Good Day Sir!

  16. Tom Hering Says:

    @ SFRuminations, part of your dolls and mannequins series?

  17. Joachim Says:

    @tom — no, I just found it randomly like the other 25 (probably an exaggeration) or so I’ve submitted here — hehe

  18. Jerk of all Trades Says:

    It looks like the album art for the world’s crappiest Devo cover-band.

  19. A.R.Yngve Says:

    If anyone can write a suitable parody of “Whip It” here, feel free to try. I’ll pass…

  20. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    In the vestiges of time…YOU MUST WHIP IT!
    If there’s lots of little lines…YOU MUST WHIP IT!
    When the babies float cloud nine…YOU MUST WHIP IT!

  21. A.R.Yngve Says:

    “They crossed the timelines of the future to find the answers to the present”

    The blurb is awful, but it makes a wonderful round of Chinese Whispers — try it with your friends:

    “Psst! They crossed the timelines of the future to find the answers to the present…”

    “Psst! They crossed the times and lives of the future to find the anus of the present…”

    “Hey psst! The lacrosse time of my life of the future to find a heinous present…”

  22. B. Chiclitz Says:

    @A.R. Yngve—great game!
    Lacrossed timelines of the future find the heinous anus of the present.

  23. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    Psst! Back-crossed timelines of the fur chore find the hen anus of the President. Pass it on!

  24. Anti-Sceptic Says:

    You read my mind @FearOfMusic 🙂

    Ah….the classics!

  25. anon Says:

    Three by three, hands of… yellow…

  26. Tom Noir Says:

    No no, three by three, hands of PEE.

    You’re welcome!

  27. anon Says:

    @Tom Noir: Thank you. It’s not very scary, though, if they’re just there to change diapers.

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