Rename this horrible cover!

fantasy and science fiction book reviewsNow, you know we love Jack Vance — he’s one of our favorite speculative fiction authors — but some of the covers on his books are truly atrocious.

This one here, in fact…

We think the title Space Opera is just too generic for this striking cover. Can you help us rename it?

Here’s the description, if it helps:

Space Opera — (1965) A society matron underwrites the interstellar tour of an Earth opera company, performing Beethoven, Mozart and Rossini for bewildered human and alien audiences on a kaleidoscopic range of planets. But intrigue and secret agendas complicate what was already a doubtful enterprise, and the matron’s feckless nephew finds that the simple country girl he plans to marry is far more mysterious than she seems. This is Jack Vance at his funniest, rolling out a rollicking picaresque tale where the belly laughs play a perfect duet with the grandmaster’s sly observations on the absurdities of life, love and librettos.

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KELLY LASITER, with us since July 2008, is a mild-mannered academic administrative assistant by day, but at night she rules over a private empire of tottering bookshelves. Kelly is most fond of fantasy set in a historical setting (a la Jo Graham) or in a setting that echoes a real historical period (a la George RR Martin and Jacqueline Carey). She also enjoys urban fantasy and its close cousin, paranormal romance, though she believes these subgenres’ recent burst in popularity has resulted in an excess of dreck. She is a sucker for pretty prose (she majored in English, after all) and mythological themes.

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  1. Baboonian Rhapsody

    When I see this cover I immediately think of the monkeys in front of typewriters analogy…

    If 1000 monkeys played 1000 pianos for long enough they’d recreate the works of Beethoven…or something like that.

  2. Barnacles and Swiss Cheese

    (I heard this phrase on author Anna Elliot’s blog. Her son used it as a curse word because he isn’t allowed to curse.)
    It seems appropriate for this book.

  3. April /

    Musical Mayhem, Odd Music, Piano Gurus

  4. Sir Read-a-Lot /

    Three Composers, Two Monkeys, One Grand Piano.

  5. Koko and Bobo on Sinatra: The Comeback Tour

  6. Please Don’t Eat the Sheet Music

  7. April /

    Arrangement 5 for Nose Whistle and Piano

  8. Severian /

    Sonata for Fecal Propellation in B-flat major.

    Huge fan of Jack Vance btw.

  9. Michelle,if you live in the USA, you have won a book from our stacks
    Please contact me (Marion) with your choice and a US address. Happy reading! (I’m still learning so we’ll hope I did this right.)

  10. Well, one of the links didn’t work, but Michelle, the link to our stacks is in the post and it does work.

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