Mar 28

Time to use this psychic communication crystal to call my insurance company.Click for full UNLEWISED image

Good Show Sir Comments: MANUFACTURERS WARNING! Crashing this space ship may result in a loss of all female clothing.
Published 1978

Many thanks to Chris!

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: 6.14 out of 10)

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31 Responses to “Darkover Landfall”

  1. THX 1138 Says:

    “I wonder if I shouldn’t have taken this bit out after all?”

    Incidentally, I don’t wish to sound like a raging pervert or nuthin’, but the un-Lewised image is the same as the Lewised image.

  2. FearöMüsic Says:

    Shame upon the both of you! Ignoring the poor girl and her plight! Where’s your humanity? All you want to do is ogle her firm breasts and perky nipples. (Okay, so yes I can see the unsheeped image, but that’s not the point)

  3. FearöMüsic Says:

    Err, well, I mean the ONE of you. Yes, there’s one comment, and two breasts. Two nicely depicted… excuse me, I’d better just go now.

  4. Tat Wood Says:

    This is odd. I posted a comment and was told I was forbidden, now one of the two that were there already has gone.

    Mine wasn’t such a great joke, so no great loss, but does this mean more Ceefax music over the weekend?

  5. Dave Van Domelen Says:

    Artist’s interpretation of the aphrodisiac pollen scene, perhaps? 😉

  6. Bibliomancer Says:

    “I can’t believe the damage I caused by crashing this spaceship ” she thought. “I’ll never be able to reattach this belly-button rhinestone!”

  7. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    Back stage right…is that a phallic rock formation? Or is it another crashed space ship, of the same make, model and colour? If it’s the latter, then perhaps this isn’t the safest place to fly and/or land on the planet, I’d think.

  8. Tom Noir Says:

    “I may have just crash-landed on an uncharted planet but that’s not going to stop me sitting here and looking FAAAABULOUS.”

  9. Bibliomancer Says:

    Did anyone consider that the damsel was sitting on this planet admiring her jewel when the other spaceships all crashed flying in too close to get a better look?

  10. fred Says:

    Breasts, bling, and a giant space duck decoy for decoying giant space ducks. She seems totally unconcerned for someone who is about to be crushed to a pulp by the descending flock.

  11. B. Chiclitz Says:

    I think I now know all I need to about
    Marion Zimmer Bradley’s psychic landscape. Good to see that even a self-described “feminist” author can appreciate the sales bump provided by a little good ol’ patriarchal T & A.

  12. rev Says:

    @DSWBT – if those are identical spaceships crash-landed identically then that can mean only one thing; there is a nubile naked space wench sitting next to each crashed ship admiring her jewel in the sun.
    I propose they all get together and……form a support group. Not that they’d wear one..

  13. NomadUK Says:

    Good to see that even a self-described “feminist” author can appreciate the sales bump provided by a little good ol’ patriarchal T & A.

    Because, as we all know, authors approve all the artwork solicited by the publishers of their works, especially when they are ‘feminists’.

  14. Tat Wood Says:

    “Good to see that even a self-described “feminist” author can appreciate the sales bump provided by a little good ol’ patriarchal T & A.”

    American authors have very little say in the UK editions of their work, or vice versa – a situation which keeps this website in business.

  15. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    Good to see that even a self-described “feminist” author can appreciate the sales bump provided by a little good ol’ patriarchal T & A.

    They’ve found an amazing dinosaur from the same rock formation as T. rex, and it hasn’t hardly any teeth at all. Would you believe?

  16. Tom Noir Says:

    What’s this? GSS is ALIVE?!?

  17. Tat Wood Says:

    @Tom Noir: to be said in a Brian Blessed voice.

  18. Kripslod Says:

    Nice to have you back—yet again!

    I thought I might have to spam the other commentators and try to get a replacement (English/American) site up and running, so we could have our daily fix of bad cover design.

    @ Tom, the internet might be omnipotent and omnipresent, but it’s also at times quite ethereal. Maybe I should say—for future visitors to this page—that GSS has just today, returned from what we believe was an unexpected sabbatical.

    Was it caused by the diabolical work of our ‘Friends’ at the Chinese GSS website?

  19. Bibliomancer Says:

    I thought that “Technical Difficulties” gag was a long-running GSS April Fool’s joke.

    If you visit Chinese GSS today they will commandeer your computer and add it their denial-of-service attack mindless zombie bot army. Hilarious April Fool’s fun!

  20. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    That lass crashed so hard, she took down the Web site with her!

  21. GSS Admin Says:

    It’s working!?! HEY it’s working! Sweet.

    Yes Kripslod you are correct… a sabbatical. I had to give a lecture on Book Covers at… Unknown College of Modern Art. They had orange juice and cake… and it was a great day.

    Anyway… still lots of great covers to come! And also a server change. The GSS database is HUGE! That’s going to be fun.

  22. Tom Noir Says:

    @GSS Admin: Maybe it’s time to start storing pointers to image files instead of the files themselves.

    @Tat Wood: I always say EVERYTHING in a Brian Blessed voice.

  23. B. Chiclitz Says:

    Didn’t mean to offend with my feminist remark. I guess its inappropriateness caused the site to blush and crash. It is rather clunky on rereading. I do understand that authors have little to say about their cover art, generally, but twice? Is it fair to point out this irony? Maybe, maybe not. Well, she wrote, she was a dedicated scrivener, she doesn’t deserve cheap shots, even if the cover begs for them. R.I.P. Ms. Bradley; apologies.

  24. Kripslod Says:

    @ GSS Admin. Your comment about cake and orange juice brought back memories of the (self-service) breakfast bar at the Royal York in Toronto circa 1990. I have to admit to the guilty Schadenfrude I felt watching my English colleagues trying to cook crumpets in an old American style “bread only” toaster. Some finally resorted to placing the crumpets over the slots and hoping some heat might make it into the dough. I never could get them to develop a liking for good old dried-out and tasteless American “English Muffins”– not that those fit any better, but at least you could eat them raw.

  25. GSS Admin Says:

    @Tom Noir –

  26. RachelJ Says:

    @B Chiclitz. Judging from the reviews I’ve seen, feminism is not exactly a feature of this particular book anyway.

  27. Phil Says:

    The remaindered stock became Darkover Landfill.

  28. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    @Phil: I’m not laughing.


  29. A.R.Yngve Says:

    Ba-Da-Bum, Dead Stuff!

  30. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    I had the chance to get this novella off of my stack thanks to a recent international airplane flight.

    Bradley’s thesis seems to be, ‘Following delusional schizophrenics is always the way to go, especially in the absence of evidence; and song and dance are much more important to preserve than basic knowledge about the natural world.’

    The cover seems to subvert the thesis.

  31. Anna T. Says:

    She doesn’t look like she’s just been in a spaceship crash . . .

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