Last year I purchased a rather good copy of John Sladek’s The Reproductive System with a fabulous cover by Josh Kirby. I was a happy man. Last week I found a copy of another Sladek title I didn’t have on eBay with a superb cover and so without any further thought I clicked on the good old blue ‘Buy It Now’ button. It was only after checking on the ISFDB who the cover artist was that I realised I had bought The Reproductive System again but under an alternative title.
When the book arrived, it was even printed in small type on the cover, something I had missed in the small picture on eBay. Schoolboy error – I hadn’t done my homework properly. Still, the price was cheap and the Leo and Diane Dillon cover is great so balance has partially been restored to my lopsided book buying life.
The Moral of this story – do your homework thoroughly before buying your book of choice. I’d like to think I’m a little more careful now in light of this incident!
The Reproductive System
1970 – Mayflower
Cover art by Josh Kirby
1969 – Ace Books
Cover art by Leo and Diane Dillon