Aug 20

Is that nudity? I'm scared.... so is Space Sheep... Click for full image

Michelle G Comments: Why did you think a giant bubble would sell books?
Editor: Shut up! That’s why!
Published 1979

Thanks for sending this in, Michelle!

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: 7.11 out of 10)

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33 Responses to “A World Out of Time”

  1. Tom Noir Says:

    Looks like she’s about to pop his bubble, if ya know what I mean!!!

    *nudge nudge, wink wink*

  2. Bibliomancer Says:

    Space harlots don’t age very gracefully. All that radiation really ravages their good looks.

  3. THX 1138 Says:

    “Good God, woman, how much more zorbing can you force me to do?!”

  4. Phil Says:

    Yay, Larry Niven’s back with his STAR WARS-logo font.

    But ewwww, nasty cleavage. Where’s the sheep when you need it?

  5. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    Glenn Close’s head and Twiggy’s body.

  6. Tom Hering Says:

    Mattel’s man in space, Major Matt Mason, was an inspiration to Sci-Fi cover artists everywhere.

  7. Tat Wood Says:

    Sarah Brightman ought really to think twice before redoing her old material.

    Sadly, many of the ludicrous features here are plot-points, but not the orange Captain Zep zig-zag on his back-pack.

  8. B. Chiclitz Says:

    Judging by the red slash marks, it looks like she’s been whipping that bubble with the rod in her hand. I don’t even want to contemplate what “plot points” these images may correspond to.

  9. fred Says:

    What exactly is that facial hair thing on spacesuit boy?

  10. Tom Hering Says:

    Niven? Niven? Where the hell is James White? I told Sector General I needed a tiny gynecologist with a tiny inner-space vehicle. I mean, godamit! It’s not like I asked for some “Fantastic Voyage” micro-sub.

  11. Rags Says:

    I am not sure if its the bubble that has our hero so frightened or the prospect of snu-snu with Hooty McBoobity.

    I am digging the rich corinthian leather interior on bubble-bike.

  12. A.R.Yngve Says:


    Episode IV: A New Dope

    It is a time of silly wear (the 70s).
    Striking from a small hidden office,
    a desperate band of book editors have successfully
    attacked the empire of SF with idiotic covers.
    But the reading public is secretly amassing a powerful FAN FORCE which,
    when reaching critical mass, spell certain doom
    for the editors’ rebellion…

  13. B. Chiclitz Says:

    I also think we have another forearm/perspective issue. Don’t they cover anatomy in Bad Sci-Fi Cover Art class anymore?

  14. Lionrock Says:

    Obviously a low spec model bubble spaceship. Doesn’t even have a cup holder.

  15. Scott B Says:

    This new remake of “The Wizard of Oz” is weird… (“Are you a good witch or a bad witch?”)

  16. B. Chiclitz Says:

    I wanted to read this book, but it ran out of time.

  17. A.R.Yngve Says:

    “Hello, I’d like to buy some dilithium crystals…”
    “Sorry love, we’re all out of dilithium, new shipment coming next week.”
    “Okay, how about a load of quantum chips?”
    “Fresh out. Sorry.”
    “Oh, I’ll just wait here for a new shipment then…”
    “Sorry, you can’t wait here, we’re out of time.”

  18. FëaröfMüsic Says:

    Why is everyone so certain that the individual on the ground is male? I see no defining characteristics one way or another. Bad hair and a horrible outfit could
    go either way considering the time frame of publication. Considering as well the fact that Star Wars had come out two years prior and, well, that is an awfully cheesy ‘spacesuit’. Topped only by the canal navigational beacon helmet upon the ground tbere.
    Ghastly woman versus androgynous space git? Unless it includes a cassette tape soundtrack by David Bowie I’ll just be moving on to the O section on the shelves.

  19. The Tag Wizard Says:

    Fëar – in line with my thinking. Space suited person on the ground is actually Bubble Witch from the past. Dissonance sends her writhing to the floor in psychic agony.

  20. B. Chiclitz Says:

    @FöM—I’d say “male” because, judging from the haircut, I think it might be Ken Burns.

  21. David Cowie Says:

    “Shut up! That’s why!” The answer to so many questions.

    In French: “Tais toi! C’est pourquoi!”
    In German: “Halt den mund! Das ist warum!”
    Alternative translations and other languages welcome.

  22. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:


    In Cristabel: ‘Manalacor! Of Veltakin!’

  23. FëaröfMüsic Says:

    “Yawl shudda hayl up. Zwai.” East Texan.

  24. Jaouad Says:

    “Bek dicht! Daarom!” Dutch.
    “Awel ge maakt een graptjen, zenne!” Flemish.

  25. B. Chiclitz Says:

    Zitto! Ecco perché!—Italian

    ¡Cállate! ¡Por eso!—Spanish

    Gid oudda hea I’ll show youse why!—Brooklyn

  26. FëaröfMüsic Says:

    Potući čemo se, batalit’ chu te, glavanyo!

  27. Stevie T Says:

    Tarra Khash–Hrossak!–Lumleyz

  28. Rachel J Says:

    I’d contribute, but I fear my linguistic abilities are sadly below par.

    Look, did they have actual Star Wars novels yet in 1979? Maybe Niven’s publishers were hoping for obsessed Warsies to buy his books by mistake. (Come to think of it, could *that* explain the “Weirdstone” cover?)

  29. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    Clarifying 18-21, that is a gentleman space traveller cowering before a time traveling crone. I’ll skip the part about Uranus being the key to man’s destiny.

  30. Rev Says:

    Personally, if I was him I’d stick around for a week or so and get an education. By the looks of the universe, everything has gone to hell; and it it would sure beat sitting around eating space-food sticks and watching re-runs of Benny Hill.
    The mental scars would take some healing, but space is deep. Just ask Hawkwind.

  31. Jack Nichols Says:

    If you all bothered to actually read the story before commenting on this artwork, you’d find that Peter Andrew Jones did a great job in being faithful to Larry Niven’s plot points.

    You are free to hate the art, and you are also free to show your ignorance…

    It’s a great story and covers 3 million years of human stupidity and decadence and what really will likely become of civilization in regards to it’s downfall.

    Just my 2 cents… ( yeah, I know… Inflation)

  32. Anna T. Says:

    That man’s clearly scared and confused because he’s just been unexpectedly teleported into a bad surrealist painting.

  33. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    ‘Mrs. Doubtfire, you’re trying to seduce me, aren’t you?’

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