Jul 26

Another victim of demensia woke up not knowing where he wasClick for full image

Frank McC comments: First I thought “wonder if that guy on the cover realizes how close he came to getting whacked upside the head by that rocket” and then I saw the “unimaginable demensions”.
Published 1972

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: 6.52 out of 10)

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22 Responses to “Greyland”

  1. THX 1138 Says:

    “Who said this made me look fat?”

  2. JC Superstar Says:

    I’m actually more interested in the book to the right. What’s not to love about a trio of creepy cat ladies:

    Also, this cover shows why spell-check is one of mankind’s greatest inventions.

  3. Phil Says:

    He does appear to be WEARING the Earth, which is an unusual fashion move. The title, of course, later inspired Robert Heinlein’s GRANGER IN A GREY LAND.

  4. SI Says:

    @JC – Oh my word… Keeper of the Cats! Frank… why didn’t you look to the left! 😛

    Man: So… how was greyland?
    Man 2: *Shrugs* Meh…
    Man: Yeah… funland is better.

  5. Bibliomancer Says:

    I will bet that the grey-skinned girl bending over him was dimented.


  6. fred Says:

    I think the blurb writer couldn’t remember ‘delirium tremens’ and just made up the word ‘demension’.
    Pretty loose cuffs for a spacesuit.

  7. Rags Says:

    Every book should tell us if it is a “GREAT SCIENCE FICTION NOVEL” or a “STINKING PILE OF PUKE”. In this regard, this was way ahead of its time.

    FACT: Spelling mistakes on the cover can only mean good

    Fantastic reflexes as well, look how smoothly he head dodges that out of control rocket.

  8. Tat Wood Says:

    ‘Dave Van Arnam’s Great Science Fiction Novel’. Singular. As opposed to his mediocre, lousy and adequate ones. Or his (allegedly) decent fantasy. I’m intrigued about the English spelling of ‘Grey’ on a manifestly American book – were they trying to disclaim all responsibility?

  9. B. Chiclitz Says:

    That’s the last time I chug cheap wine from a spaceship-shaped bottle. Oof! That dimon alcohol again! Can’t even remember my name. Wish someone would lean over me and speak it. Oh, no, now everything looks grey!

  10. FearofMusic Says:

    Her skin was grey, his bowels were constipated. Love was not in the air for Harvey Dent Jr.

  11. Jaouad Says:

    The only thing we need on the cover of a Great Science Fiction Novel: a rocket-powered dildo.

  12. Rachel J Says:

    Greyland: where everything is red and yellow.

  13. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    ‘Damn…is that Louis Wain cat still at my back?’

  14. Tat Wood Says:

    @Deadstuff: All cats are grey in the dark

  15. Jerk of all Trades Says:

    What is this one actually about? Based on the cover, you’d think it was the record of one futuristic spaceman’s decent into a madness of alcohol-fueled paranoid delusions.

  16. Rachel J Says:

    @JoaT. Here, in one convenient post, is all the online information I could find about this Great Science Fiction Novel’s subject matter:

    “…routine SF adventure(s)” (Science Fiction Encyclopedia.)

    “Vaguely pointless tale of a guy waking up in a Grey World.” (Amazon.)

    “It was an alien world of infinite peace! Or was it?” (Blurb on first edition.)

    “While it is science fiction, it has a host of other creatures like vampires and werewolves.” (Goodreads review.)

    Sounds like you might be right…

  17. A.R.Yngve Says:

    Philip Jose Farmer’s

  18. Anti-Sceptic Says:

    So where’s this girl who’s bending over him…wait a minute is the half of the cover that is coloured yellow supposed to be her giant boob bending over him?

  19. A.R.Yngve Says:

    Must… not… type… “Gayland”….


  20. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    Goodness, the Rocket Dildo ™ is thrusting straight at that black hole, top right.

  21. anon Says:

    I guess the darkened area at the lower right corner is meant to be a shadow, but for some reason I can’t seem to convince my eyes to see it that way.

  22. A.R.Yngve Says:

    I got the strangest suggestion when I looked up this title on

    “If you liked this book, perhaps you’d also like…
    Dave Van Arnam’s Cosy Café
    Dave Van Arnam’s Caesar Salad Dressing
    Dave Van Arnam’s Guide To Successful Name Branding”

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