Nov 15

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Good Show Sir Comments: Giving someone the middle finger… in style!
Published 1973

Many thanks to Darren!

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: 7.22 out of 10)

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28 Responses to “The Space Merchants”

  1. space_merchants Says:

    @GoodShowSir I like it! I am also biased…

  2. THX 1138 Says:

    If I had to put my finger on it I’d say you nailed it by knuckling down with this joint. Digit make a good point?

  3. Tat Wood Says:

    Yestderday’s effort looked as if someone had heard Robert Rauschenberg and John Heartfield described down the phone and thought ‘I can do that’. Today, David Pelham demonstrates how hard it is to be Terry Gilliam if you aren’t actually Terry Gilliam.

    Nonetheless, it’s better than most covers this book’s had.

  4. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    My first thought was that the medial side of the finger is MUCH too close to the tower, and it will never clear launch.

    My second thought was, ‘How does that work?’

  5. Adam Roberts Says:

    The Dicky Bird Memorial Starship was ready to launch …

  6. Bibliomancer Says:

    David Pelham gives you the finger. And he doesn’t give a Hoot von Zitzewitz what you think of his science fiction cover art.

    I can’t write better snark than this critique:

    Casting its eponymous orb over Pelham’s covers a quarter of a century later, the Autumn 1996 issue of Eye Magazine commented that they ‘dignify the books with symbolic images that help to convey the conceptual sophistication of the writing inside’.


  7. fred Says:

    We’re Proctologists out in space
    We’re zooming along
    protecting the males of the Human race

  8. Stevie T Says:

    When NASA said they wanted “to point in a new direction,” I’m fairly sure this isn’t what they meant.

  9. Stevie T Says:

    Wow, those must have been some budget cuts at SpaceX…

  10. Phil Says:

    You could count the rocketships on the fingers on one hand. I’m sure there’s a witty joke in there somewhere, but I can’t quite pin it down.

  11. Tat Wood Says:

    I think someone misunderstood the term ‘digital graphics’.

  12. FeârofMüsïc Says:

    “With a name like Kornbluth, it has to be good!”
    {Looks at cover. Looks at cover again. Checks wallet}
    “Maybe I’ll just go with the Pohl/Moorcock/Dick collection. At least I can read that on the train without being embarrassed.”

  13. A.R.Yngve Says:

    “Let your fingers do the spacewalking!”

  14. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    It wasn’t Rosie Palms, but one of her five sisters, who first made the journey to space.

  15. A.R.Yngve Says:

    Artwork by Bill Finger
    Editor: Elizabeth Hand
    Publisher: Tom Thumb

  16. infoqueen Says:

    It’s the “Flying Fickle Finger of Fate”!

  17. Neal Says:

    Just finished this book, not with that trippy cover though.

  18. Tom Noir Says:

    So the title of this book is Pohl/Kornbluth: The Space Merchants? I hope it is non-fiction.

  19. B. Chiclitz Says:

    I hope the liquid fuel in the rockets is mixed with a nice moisturizing balm; deep space is soooooo tough on dry skin.

  20. Larry Dixon Says:

    I have got to find a cross-your-fingers/cross-hatching joke somehow.


    Crossovers can happen anywhere, at anytime.


  21. Jaouad Says:

    Instead of the perpetually growing giant chicken heart which people in this book use for protein, the publisher opted to show the giant finger they use for interplanetary transportation. Fair enough, I suppose.

  22. Anti-Sceptic Says:

    In the future they discover an object on Mars, shaped, oddly enough, like a giant button with the letters “DO NOT PUSH” inscribed on it. After years of discussion and arguments amongst the scientific community, Earth’s finest minds finally decided that they were going to see what would happen…

  23. Tom Noir Says:

    Trust me, this is one finger you should not pull.

  24. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    @A-S: Maybe it’s out to explore that mysterious purple moon in the upper right hand corner.

  25. Anti-Sceptic Says:

    @DSWBT – I think you are mistaking that Penguin Moon for the Pillsbury Dough Boy Moon.

  26. anon Says:

    I’d definitely notice if I was at the receiving end of that finger.
    Those space merchants seem like a bit of dicks.
    And possibly Australians: “That’s no fingah, …”

  27. Tom Noir Says:

    This book definitely inspired some odd covers. Apparently these space merchants were selling lingerie, human brains, and giant finger rockets?

    Wait, was the star of this book Donald Trump?

  28. anon Says:

    @Tom Noir: Maybe they are brains traveling in giant finger rockets selling lingerie..
    ..and after each deal, they would say: “You just got fingered, boy/girl.”

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