fantasy and science fiction book reviewsSexy Babes and…Killer Whales?

Today’s cover masterpiece was originally title The Cingulum by John Maddox Roberts. It was published in 1985 by Tor Books, and the literary world has not been the same since. That might be a slight exaggeration. Actually, I just made that up completely. The literary world barely got indigestion when The Cingulum was released, but that doesn’t stop this cover from being completely awesome.

This has all the elements of an award-winning novel. It has a sexy lady in a somewhat revealing outfit.  Nothing says “Hawt” like a shiny space robe and a vacant stare.  The spaceship looks too fragile. How do you land it without breaking the front window? That has got to be expensive to replace every single time you land.  The dude in the back  just wants to leave. He is being forced to stand there while she poses for the picture. How about the killer whale? Killer whales are totally SciFi right?  The only thing missing from this cover is a bowl of petunias.

If I were to re-title this monstrosity I would have to go with Amazon Whale Riders from Space or maybe Zoella: Zombie Were-Whale Prostitute. How would you re-title it?


  • Justin Blazier

    JUSTIN BLAZIER (on FanLit's staff since September 2009) is a Cyber-Security Analyst/Network Engineer located in Northern Kentucky. Like many fantasy enthusiasts, Justin cut his teeth on authors like Tolkien, Anthony, and Lewis. Due to lack of space, his small public library would often give him their donated SFF books. When he is not reading books he is likely playing board games or Tabletop RPGs. Justin lives in a quiet neighborhood with his wife, their daughter, and Norman the dog.