Jun 18

Ah... another victim that watched the extended version of Dune.Click for full image

Good Show Sir’s Art Direction: OH NO! I forgot all about that bloody book cover… crap it’s due tomorrow. Oh man… WAIT… is your son still in that drama club? Great! We’ll head over, get some props, slap a wig on a skeleton and take a picture. It’s better than nothing… right?
Published 1973

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: 7.75 out of 10)

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25 Responses to “I Will Fear No Evil”

  1. Sophaloaf Says:

    Nom, nom, nom…Boney just loves the taste of curly blonde hair in the morning.

  2. THX 1138 Says:

    Warning: Smoking can seriously damage your health.

  3. Adam Roberts Says:

    Some people say the fashion for size zero models has gone to far, Not me!

  4. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    Goodness! Ayn Rand ended up on a Heinlein cover, I’m hardly surprised. 🙂

    Last night, I dreamed I was shouted at by the saleslady at a book store because I was taking pictures of the bad sci-fi fantasy covers. I think that I spend too much time on this Web site.

  5. SI Says:

    “You’re right! I can’t go on a blind date like this… she’ll just see the skeleton and not the real me… better put on a wig. Perfect!”

    @DeadStuff – haha What were you shouting at her about? We might all spend to much time looking at covers. The problem is I buy them too. Such as the cover above! The guy in the second hand bookshop was so happy because he thought that he had found another Heinlein fan. I had to appologise and say I didn’t really like his books and I was just buying it for the cover. I think a part of him died that day.

  6. Jaouad Says:

    @SI, uhm… which part of him died, exactly? And does it play in a Big Hair band?

  7. FéarofMusıc Says:

    At a quick glance I thought this was the cover to a romance novel. Typical blonde supermodel with a Michael Jackson nosejob, soft focus, tons of hair. Then I see Heinlein. Now I am intrigued. What could this be? Totalitarian necrophiliacs with severe oedipal issues forcing the huddled masses of masochistic coprophiliacs to engage in regressive reenactments of the origins of their paternalistic phallic fixations enforced on them by an omniscient government?

    Oh wait. That’s not romantic. And neither is this book. Good read, weird cover.

  8. SI Says:

    @Jaouad – He tore his Judas priest t-shirt right then and there!

    In fact… second person along… is that our skeleton!?!

    Das Judas Priest!

  9. Bibliomancer Says:

    Oh no! GSS Admin is punishing us with another DevilDay

    Please post a funny cover tomorrow. We promise to write better comments.

  10. Tom Hering Says:

    “So, Bob, this new novel of yours, where a 90-year-old man transplants his brain into the body of his gorgeous young secretary. We’re having some doubts about the cover art we’ve come up with. Last time we talked on the phone, you said something about using a bonier picture, to represent your hero’s newfound obsession. So we’ve done that, yet I don’t quite see how … what’s that? I misunderstood you? Not ‘bonier’ but … oh no, Bob, I’m afraid we couldn’t put that on the cover!”

  11. B. Chiclitz Says:

    Got my toothpaste, got my brush,
    I won’t hurry, I won’t rush.
    Making sure my teeth are clean,
    Front and back and in-between,
    When I brush for quite a while,
    I will have a happy smile.

    (To the tune of Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star)

    This is supposed to be a children’s tune, but it takes on an eerie, darker feel when sung while looking at the cover, don’t you think? Like one of Blake’s “Songs of Innocence” that reveal a terrifying subtext upon close scrutiny. I do expect all loyal GSSers to spend at least part of the day singing this tune while studying the cover.

    This will carry us until my man Bibliomancer’s injunction is heeded by admin.

  12. A.R.Yngve Says:

    Robert Plant has really let himself go.

  13. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    This is one of the Heinleins I discovered after I’d been burned by The Cat Who Walks Through Walls. So I’ve never read it. But after brushing up on the plot outline, I was reminded of that wacky funster Dmitry Itskov and his merry plans to put his brain inside one of Masamune Shirow’s cyborgs. In Heinlein’s book, Smith’s new body begins to weaken, age and decay; cyborgs would have their own problems, but not identical ones.

    I wonder if this cover actually subverts Heinlein’s speculations: if there are mechanical parts much easier to service and replace that give just as much satisfaction of immortality as biological ones, why bother?

  14. A.R.Yngve Says:

    So what happened to the young secretary’s brain?

  15. Herm Says:

    I actually like this cover design, except for the pink…

    Phwoar, look at the vertebrae on him, etc.

  16. fred Says:

    Tasty ramen.

  17. Tat Wood Says:

    Cher finally stops trying to turn back time.

    (Ooh ‘eck: what if she dies tomorrow and I feel lousy for joking about it?)

  18. Bruce A Munro Says:

    “As I’ve said before, you can’t be too rich or too thin.”

  19. Francis Boyle Says:

    The original cast revival of Hair lacked the youthful energy of the Sixties.

  20. THX 1139 Says:

    Dolly Pardon?

  21. B. Chiclitz Says:

    That Louis XIV was so vain he had himself buried in his famous wig.

  22. Anti-Sceptic Says:

    I guess he didn’t know that cigarettes can kill.

  23. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @A-S: That sort of advert is about the only thing this picture would be suitable for.

    Could be easy and striking, a glamorous blonde… looks at mandible… er, blond* puffing away, dissolve to the skeleton, deep-voiced announcer.

    Still wouldn’t be a patch on the lady smoking through her throat ostomy hole PSA, though.

    *Of the Daltrey/Plant 60’s vintage

  24. Bruce A Munro Says:

    @GSS ex-noob: when I was in middle school, my health science class actually brought in a woman with an ostomy hole to talk to us about what cigarettes had done to her.

    @A.R. Yngve: it was transplanted into a starship, leading to a rather better novel.

    So that’s smoke coming out of the skeleton’s mouth? My first impression was that it was chewing on a hankie – after all, Heinlein characters often spend quite a bit of time chewing the rag.

  25. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @Bruce: that must have freaked out the class! And fascinated some at that age.

    It does look like some sort of cloth. Which makes even less sense than smoke, but at least you got a good pun out of it.

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