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Squizzle
Apr 24, 2008


Ill have to get you to excuse me, my friend, I aint no hat-rack.

Fun Shoe

Farmer Crack-rear end posted:

heh more like Man in the White Castle am i right??

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Pick
Jul 19, 2009
mottled gecko

Nap Ghost

Farmer Crack-rear end posted:

heh more like Man in the White Castle am i right??

mind the walrus
Sep 22, 2006



hard counter posted:

when i was young i wanted to check these out from the library but there was always a huge wait list
You're not missing much. The first book has a solid narrative centered around the first 100 colonists and the political factions that spring up around the most charismatic, but it's broken up by dozens of pages of straight geology porn. The second book tries to have a narrative but makes the mistake of focusing on the worst character from the first book, who turns out to not only be an author proxy but an author wish-fulfillment proxy, and more geology porn. The third book seems to realize that was a mistake and becomes more of a series of vignettes with some cool stuff, but still features oodles of geology descriptions and a gross scene where a sexy young Martian Amazon girl fucks the now 120 year-old author proxy . It was also written right in that gap of the late 80s/early 90s when the internet became a "thing" so in the third novel you can feel the author scrambling to catch up and slyly integrate things like email and cellular communication which weren't really factors in the first two books.

I was a lovely loving 90s kid who thought these covers looked hokey and as an adult I don't know why. These own.

But nah, I was into Animorphs:


Even at the time though, it was like "these aren't going to age well." And they haven't!

The real poo poo though, was Mindwarp by Chris Archer. It was very much a derivative of Animorphs, about unrelated kids in the same school who came down with alien-induced superpowers. I forget why, either one of their parents were an alien or they touched some silver goo or something. The cool part about these covers was that the silver bit was done in embossed foil, which was the style at the time:




The one gimmick that really stuck is that the first six or so books were each dedicated to a different kid. Then the narratives merged and each chapter had a different POV, and in the first crossover book every kid had to talk about how they hated their power and were jealous of all the other kids--"Oh I can speak every language, but it's not a combat skill." "Oh I can see the future but only when I sleep." "Oh I can swim amazingly, yay that makes me the Aquaman. I have to hope there's water somewhere." "I turn into a fighting machine but I have to trance out, it's like I'm just a vessel for my power"-- with the notable exception of the girl who can shoot electricity who is all " Yeah my power rules. "

Linux Pirate
Apr 21, 2012

Well, there goes our grant money.



Veib posted:



This is the cover for the Finnish translation of The Man in the High Castle from 1992. It's my favorite book cover of all time.

That's solid.

I've never read any of these magazines, but the artwork is pretty fantastic.





JeremoudCorbynejad
Jul 6, 2007




Are those... cobwebs?


Just needs the yellow hat and that's basically The Mask

Pick
Jul 19, 2009
mottled gecko

Nap Ghost

I recall him being a little bit on the humorless side, Especially when he takes them to go see all the pain and suffering on planet earth. Good guy though. Cheers Broxholm

Zetsubou-san
Jan 28, 2015

Cruel Bifaunidas demanded that you [stand], I require only that you [kneel]



oh god an entire book about queenslanders

NmareBfly
Jul 16, 2004

I posted my food for USPOL Thanksgiving!




Dinosaur Gum

Speaking of cordwainer smith, look at this awesome poo poo:

Squizzle
Apr 24, 2008


Ill have to get you to excuse me, my friend, I aint no hat-rack.

Fun Shoe

JeremoudCorbynejad
Jul 6, 2007



I feel like there's something else that needs to be the main topic there. Like, I get that it's weird that the girl is green, and that that might be her defining trait and it warrants looking into, but I feel there are other pressing matters at hand that deserve greater prominence

Loden Taylor
Aug 11, 2003



Christopher Priest's "Inverted World" is about a city on rails that must be pulled north 1/10th of a mile every day.

The edition I have has this kinda disappointing cover:


These are a bit more evocative:

Zetsubou-san
Jan 28, 2015

Cruel Bifaunidas demanded that you [stand], I require only that you [kneel]


JeremoudCorbynejad posted:

I feel like there's something else that needs to be the main topic there. Like, I get that it's weird that the girl is green, and that that might be her defining trait and it warrants looking into, but I feel there are other pressing matters at hand that deserve greater prominence

yeah, is that flower flying? or is there a long stalk out of frame?

free hubcaps
Oct 12, 2009



this reminds me i have this on my bookshelf and need to read it sometime soon




think i like this cover better though



these ones are kinda frightening



free hubcaps fucked around with this message at 01:05 on May 19, 2020

Squizzle
Apr 24, 2008


Ill have to get you to excuse me, my friend, I aint no hat-rack.

Fun Shoe

Squizzle
Apr 24, 2008


Ill have to get you to excuse me, my friend, I aint no hat-rack.

Fun Shoe

hard counter
Jan 2, 2015







mind the walrus posted:

You're not missing much. The first book has a solid narrative centered around the first 100 colonists and the political factions that spring up around the most charismatic, but it's broken up by dozens of pages of straight geology porn. The second book tries to have a narrative but makes the mistake of focusing on the worst character from the first book, who turns out to not only be an author proxy but an author wish-fulfillment proxy, and more geology porn. The third book seems to realize that was a mistake and becomes more of a series of vignettes with some cool stuff, but still features oodles of geology descriptions and a gross scene where a sexy young Martian Amazon girl fucks the now 120 year-old author proxy . It was also written right in that gap of the late 80s/early 90s when the internet became a "thing" so in the third novel you can feel the author scrambling to catch up and slyly integrate things like email and cellular communication which weren't really factors in the first two books.

aw, that's a shame - after i moved when i was a wee lad i tried finding those books at my new library but it didn't take

guess it was meant to be

mind the walrus posted:

I was a lovely loving 90s kid who thought these covers looked hokey and as an adult I don't know why. These own.

i think they're charming compared to the new covers but that might be the nostalgia talking, the new ones are alright too

my bony fealty
Oct 1, 2008








always been fond of this one

Failson
Sep 2, 2018

Can do stupid things.




Fun Shoe

Obligatory:

Squizzle
Apr 24, 2008


Ill have to get you to excuse me, my friend, I aint no hat-rack.

Fun Shoe

Failson posted:

Obligatory:



im not saying that the ship/creature/spaceman bit from this cover has been cropped and trimmed and already uploaded to the servers and is presently available as an av

but, it is

Agronox
Feb 4, 2005




This was taking the piss out of those old sci-fi pulps, but it'd still fit with them.

1000 Brown M and Ms
Oct 22, 2008

F:\DL>quickfli 4-clowns.fli


There's some funky persepective going on with that woman's right leg.


I've always loved the Terran Trade Authority books and they've got pretty sweet covers. Spacewreck is probably my favourite.

Squizzle
Apr 24, 2008


Ill have to get you to excuse me, my friend, I aint no hat-rack.

Fun Shoe

time to have a serious talk, folks:



if you dont love the hand-lettering on this cover, you have some bad opinions and you need to work on them

RBA Starblade
Apr 27, 2008

Going Home.


Unkempt
May 24, 2003

Sexual Air Supply




Agronox posted:



This was taking the piss out of those old sci-fi pulps, but it'd still fit with them.

Oh hey, I've got this one. It's actually by (I think) Philip Jose Farmer; ISTR Vonnegut was a bit pissed off.



Got this one too. It does what it says on the tin.

JackMann
Aug 11, 2010

Secure. Contain. Protect.


Fallen Rib

Unkempt posted:

Oh hey, I've got this one. It's actually by (I think) Philip Jose Farmer; ISTR Vonnegut was a bit pissed off.

So, he got permission from Vonnegut, but 1) Vonnegut wasn't super happy with it to begin with, 2) people kept assuming Vonnegut wrote it, and 3) a poorly worded article suggested Farmer would have written the book even without Vonnegut's permission.

Nebakenezzer
Sep 13, 2005

The Mote in God's Eye




Simple, direct.

my bony fealty posted:

always been fond of this one



Ugh. This has nothing to do with the novel!

Admittedly making an image that fits the entire novel would be sorta difficult, it's pretty much the opposite problem of the first book

Nebakenezzer
Sep 13, 2005

The Mote in God's Eye



Sharkie
Feb 4, 2013

Something looks fishy.






That Three Stigmata one is very intense, I like it.

CarpenterWalrus
Mar 30, 2010



This robot fucks. Those Coville books got me into sci-fi, fantasy, and horror, and I will always remember them fondly for that. In "Search for Snout," I think, they go to a monastery that's a giant tree and the oldest parts are the roots. The monks have a saying to the effect of, "there's always another layer," meaning the roots have hidden depths. I always think of that when I see on these very same dead, gay forums, "there's always more and it's always worse."

Zetsubou-san
Jan 28, 2015

Cruel Bifaunidas demanded that you [stand], I require only that you [kneel]



Zetsubou-san posted:

yeah, is that flower flying? or is there a long stalk out of frame?

Well, according to this page I found that included some scans from the original magazines, they are flying



Squizzle posted:



if you dont love the hand-lettering on this cover, you have some bad opinions and you need to work on them

that is near Saul Bass levels of sexy lettering

Nebakenezzer
Sep 13, 2005

The Mote in God's Eye



Midjack
Dec 24, 2007






Biscuit Hider

got some for ya here:















good placement of the award blurb on that one
















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Angepain
Jul 13, 2012

what keeps happening to my clothes


Midjack posted:

got some for ya here:

Oh wow. This is glorious. I don't know where to start

Zetsubou-san
Jan 28, 2015

Cruel Bifaunidas demanded that you [stand], I require only that you [kneel]


this one sounds promising

"William Gibson posted:

John Shirley was cyberpunk's patient zero, first locus of the virus, certifiably virulent. A Carrier. City Come A-Walkin' is evidence of that and more. (I was somewhat chagrined, rereading it recently, to see just how much of my own early work takes off from this one novel.)

Zetsubou-san fucked around with this message at 07:30 on May 25, 2020

mind the walrus
Sep 22, 2006



There are way more to comment on, I just love how sometimes you can just tell the author was up their own rear end and the marketing is trying to warn you.

Logan 5
Jan 29, 2007

Bash -> To the Cop


mind the walrus posted:

But nah, I was into Animorphs:


Even at the time though, it was like "these aren't going to age well." And they haven't!

Got plenty of friends that will insist that furries actually started with Animorphs. I'm always like, nah you just missed out on some sci-fi in the late 80s/early 90s:











And if this one doesn't prove it I don't know what will [NSFW for catnip]

Midjack
Dec 24, 2007






Biscuit Hider


I remember seeing this one on bookshelves and being like how did they get away with putting cat girl boobs on a mass market paperback?

a very nice paella
Oct 12, 2012

Kapitalism

The Moon Monster
Dec 30, 2005
THIS CUSTOM TITLE WILL COME IN HANDY WHILE LURKING




Logan 5 posted:

Got plenty of friends that will insist that furries actually started with Animorphs. I'm always like, nah you just missed out on some sci-fi in the late 80s/early 90s:

That's a super weird take considering all the Disney stuff that predates it. Hell, Betty Boop was originally a dog. Also the Animorphs just turned into actual animals, not furries! This doesn't add up at all...

The Moon Monster fucked around with this message at 11:59 on May 26, 2020

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RBA Starblade
Apr 27, 2008

Going Home.


Zetsubou-san posted:

this one sounds promising

If you haven't, go to wikipedia and read the description for Dr. Bloodmoney.

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