Aug 05

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Benjamin W Comments: Bow-tie typewriter disapproves of people instead of paper.
Published 1974

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: 8.63 out of 10)

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28 Responses to “Herovit’s World”

  1. Jaouad Says:

    Gives a whole new meaning to ‘character-driven writing’, doesn’t it?

  2. Simon Says:

    What is this strange device that people will write on in the future?

  3. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    That’s the fourth strangest thing to happen to Mick Jagger’s naughty bits since 1970.

  4. Charles Ranier Says:

    for those playing at home, the author is one half of the team whose “lady editors” commentaries in the SFWA newsletter contributed to the meltdown of the membership…

  5. The Tag Wizard Says:

    Thanks Charles – that’s a point worth making.

  6. Tom Hering Says:

    I’m guessing that’s Malzberg in the typewriter, undergoing a bit of lady editing. Ouch.

  7. Phil Says:

    I noticed the golden chap seems to be hidden BEHIND the typewriter’s roller. This should mean that he should emerge feet first where the actual typing takes place. The lettering will go on his heels, his calves, his arse cheeks, his back and the back of his neck. In that order.

    At which point the typist will realise that they put him in upside down. He will screwed up into a ball and thrown in the bin.

  8. Tom Hering Says:

    Another example of Charles Moll putting a whole bunch of stuff in his images that serve no other purpose than to show off his rendering skills, such as they are. Suggested tag for all Moll covers: Mollapalooza.

  9. Bibliomancer Says:

    Herovit? I owned it. Same book. Same cover. If I read my copy I remember absolutely nothing about this unmemorable book.

    About typewriters. Harlan Ellison still uses a typewriter (and two fingers) to write his stuff. He says he has a freezer full of ink ribbons because replacements can’t be bought.

    I also remember a sci-fi story (A.E. van Vogt perhaps) with teleportation, blaster guns, faster-than-light travel, where the character stopped to write a letter on a typewriter. And he needed to keep a copy so he put in a piece of carbon paper. 500 years in the future and he didn’t have the imagination to conceive of the xerox machine.

  10. Tom Hering Says:

    @ Bibliomancer, who knew we’d be listening to LPs (new) on turntables (new) again in the 21st century? So you shouldn’t be surprised to read the following …

  11. Rags Says:

    @ Bibliomancer = ROFL on the Von Vogt story.

  12. THX 1138 Says:

    Darn it, the 3D printer’s stuck on something again!

  13. fred Says:

    Both Herovit’s World and Jaws were published in 1974. In some parallel universe SYFY is now spitting out goofy killer typewriter movies.

  14. Tat Wod Says:

    We can’s see his legs. Maybe these are novelty boxer-shorts… but that means that the eyeball poking out of the front is…

    No wonder he’s looking down so anxiously.

  15. FearofMusic Says:

    Herovits? Isn’t that some sort of horrible tasting sandwich spread from Australia? Made of veggies, dingo bits, ground platypus bill, and vitamin enriched powder of Baen protagonists?
    That typewriter has an eye, qnd it’s not between u and o.

  16. Sophaloaf Says:

    This guy really puts himself in his writing.

  17. B.Chiclitz Says:

    Smashingly important. Is that like “Whimsically tragic”? “Somewhat groundbreaking”?

  18. Lee Says:

    It’s typing men

    Hallelujah it’s typing men

  19. random Donna Says:

    Many thanks to the Tag Wizard for including the “bow-tie” tag. Otherwise, I would have completely overlooked it. Smashingly important, indeed.

  20. A.R.Yngve Says:

    THE NAKED LUNCH 2: Electric Typewriter Boogaloo

  21. Tom Noir Says:

    I’m commenting on this cover just for the Herovit.

  22. Anna T. Says:

    That’s one damn formal typewriter. It’s eyeing its victim rather nervously, as if it’s afraid he’ll wake up and notice he’s being turned into writing paper.

  23. JuanPaul Says:

    Looks like they just set the land speed record for a modified typewriter at the Bonneville Salt Flats.

  24. Tat Wood Says:

    A novel about hack writers, one of whom’s latched on to a made-up religion (naming no names but look at Bibliomancer’s comment (9)). As some people have suggested, getting Charles Moll to do one of his elaborate-but-misconceived covers is more appropriate than it seemed. Malzberg followed this with ‘Galaxies’, a book about the impossibility of not writing hackwork while the readership’s so far below his standards.

    Maybe he should have found another job.

  25. B. Chiclitz Says:

    This is the cover Kafka rejected for the first edition of “In the Penal Colony.”

    “Ach, too busy. Und pretentious.”

  26. lctwice Says:

    I say it’s Keith Richards and I say the Herovit.

  27. Bibliomancer Says:

    Yeah baby! Keep hitting that key!

  28. B. Chiclitz Says:

    Yay! The clocks just turned back!! Now I can look at this cover for an extra hour with no time passing.

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