Dec 09

This is my first experiment! Just wait till you see my second one! Click for full image

Tom Noir’s Art Direction: I see it looking like Jurassic Park, only more space-ship-ey.
Published 2006

I don’t have much time this week to go through the rigorous cover selection criteria…
So welcome, to ‘Tom Noir week’!

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: 6.91 out of 10)

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25 Responses to “Boundary”

  1. Phil Says:

    I like the works of Eric Flint. Oh, wait a minute, this is by Ryk E. Spoor. I can’t stand him. Or her.

  2. Bibliomancer Says:

    I reading this as the “Eric Flint Boundary” is Rickey’s poor book.

  3. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    What is that? Is that a crashed Fokker or something? I think you could read this on the bus with impunity, because no-one could interpret the cover!

  4. Tom Noir Says:

    FYI, EVERY week is Tom Noir week!

  5. B. Chiclitz Says:

    @Bibliomancer—I just figured it was the most pretentious way to spell “Ricky” imaginable.

  6. Dave Van Domelen Says:

    Given that his online handle is Sea Wasp, I’m inclined to think Ryk is what his birth certificate says…if Ryk were also a pseudonym he’d have been using that back in the Usenet days. 😉

    Sometimes weird names happen, especially for those of us of the right age to have counterculture parents. “Lucien Soulban” is the guy’s real name, for instance.

    All that said, the cover is a little less honest than the usual Baen WTF-cover. It’s more of an archaeological reconstruction than something that happens on-screen.

  7. Rachel J Says:

    @B. Chiclitz. “Ryk E. Spoor” is of course a pseudonym – an anagram of the author’s real name, Rose Porky.

  8. B. Chiclitz Says:

    @Rachel J—GSS!!

    (The second “S” stands for “Sister,” of course.)

  9. A.R.Yngve Says:

    They dared to cross a cosmic limit beyond which no logic or literary merit existed! They smashed through the…

  10. THX 1138 Says:

    “Well I’m not buying you another one!”

    I like the way the story is rendered moot by the subtle inclusion of an asteroid strike in the background. Does it finish with “then they all died, the end”?

  11. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:


  12. Bibliomancer Says:

    @Rachel J — Rose Porky! Of course, Ricki is a she! Excellent.

    How about Eric Flint = Nice Flirt

  13. Tat Wood Says:

    After nearly thirty years, I’ve suddenly realised – ‘Biggles: Adventures in Time’ actually COULD have been worse.

  14. fred Says:

    Nice depiction of a caldera. You got your sunken terrain, steep sided walls, and baby growing volcano in the middle. And Ryk E. Spoor sounds like a name Vince McMahon would give one of his WWE wrestlers.

  15. Rags Says:

    I love the two horned dino’s in the back, casually watching the fight, i mean they are obviously in NO danger. It is a well know fact, meat eaters preferred space ships to plant eating dinosaurs.

  16. B. Chiclitz Says:

    I want to know:
    Why the T-Rex has a bizarrely human nose.

    I don’t want to know:
    What that bulbous thing hanging down between the legs of the little dino on the left is (I really don’t want to know that one).

  17. Jaouad Says:

    Triceratops in the distance: HEY YOU! KEEP THE BLOODY NOISE DOWN OKAY?

  18. Rachel J Says:

    @THX. Hadn’t noticed the asteroid – so the title must refer to the Cretaceous-Tertiary boundary. The perfect setting! Anytime you run out of plot ideas – KA-BOOM!

  19. Rachel J Says:

    Re: the rollover text: I really hope this *is* about how dinosaurs invented space and/or time travel, thus laying the foundations for so many other books. A universal prequel, if you will.

  20. A.R.Yngve Says:

    I have an ominous feeling that somehow, somewhere, cat people with big guns will enter the plot…

  21. fearofmusic Says:

    “surrender, run headlong to the void, the reptile’s among us…”
    neil fallon

  22. anon Says:

    @Rachel – or Roky Prose.
    Maybe Sporko Rye? I’d use an anagram if my parents named me Sporko.

    What the hell is “Eric Flint Boundary” and why do they call it that?

  23. Anti-Sceptic Says:

    @THX, that is not an asteroid. The T-Rex was merely trying to mark his territory, but he farted instead, which is why the triceratops on the right seems to be noticing something most foul in the air.

  24. Anna T. Says:

    You’re clearly supposed to THINK that “Boundary”, by Eric Flint and Ryk E. Spoor is the title and authors, but the Font tells us otherwise: it’s “Eric Flint Boundary”, by Ryk E. Spoor.

    And does anyone else find the designs on that spaceship to be exceptionally medieval? I wonder if the pilot(s) are from a feudal society?

  25. A.R.Yngve Says:

    Sequels were:
    – EDGE
    – LIMIT

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