Friday, 12 February 2010
Complimentary copies of the the first batch of the new Gollancz Masterworks editions came through my door today, with introductions by Graham Sleight, Gwyneth Jones and myself; and they are very lovely pieces of book production. The back covers in particular caught my self-reflexive eye. Not all photographical images of my phizog are flattering; and not all are accurate; but these are splendid. Here's a detail from the back cover of the new edition of Gene Wolfe's magisterial Fifth Head of Cerberus:I think that captures pretty well the fact that I am (why deny it?) a good-looking woman. You can see the same thing on the back cover of Delany's brilliant Babel-17, even though here I'm wearing a viking helmet:And the helmet I'm wearing on the back of Haldeman's razor-sharp Forever War is even more constricting:But the image that surprised me the most is the one on the back of Zelazny's extraordinary Lord of Light:That's me in in the middle of one of my outdoor power-showers. Startled to see it on the back of a mass-market paperback, to be honest.