I’ve already let my twelve year old daughter, Junior Unsubscriber loose on my library on two previous occasions (here & here) and was quite impressed by her eventual selections despite the minor trails of destruction usually left in her wake. I thought I’d push my luck and try a third attempt at using this method for choosing a random selection of books but had to use chocolate-based bribery this time in order to secure her services for the venture. After her snack she duly rifled through the shelves and picked at a few odd piles of paperbacks that were stacked up awaiting my attention for a good half an hour before handing me the following books. There was surprisingly very little carnage this time around and mercifully no chocolatey fingerprints left anywhere so it was another job well done for the diminutive one.
I’m not sure she’ll fall for this ploy again, she’s repeated the trick on three occasions and is now demanding edible treats before work begins so this may well be the last we’ll see of Junior Unsubscriber. Still, you can’t tell which way things will go when dealing with such a wily young scamp so never say never.
Once again I have included some of her comments on each cover for some idea of why she eventually chose the books.
The Simultaneous Man by Ralph Blum
1973 – Panther
Cover art by Anthony Roberts
This man must have a really big headache if he has all those wires plugged into his brain.
Corpus Earthling by Louis Charbonneau
No publication date printed – Priory
Cover artist uncredited
The people in the bubble are all nude except for the woman. She’s wearing a bikini which is alright.
Nightfall One & Two by Isaac Asimov
These versions were published in 1971 & 1972 by Panther Books
The cover artist is Ken Sequin
I’ve found these weird and creepy Play-Doh faces, can I have both colours for my pick? Do you remember that big rocket we made out of Play-Doh with the aliens and… (descends into a ten minute reminiscence about some modelling fun we had one rainy Saturday afternoon. I begin to think that Junior Unsubscriber has lost all interest in the job at hand now as she requires a little prompting to continue.)
Worlds Of Tomorrow edited by August Derleth
1967 – Four Square Books
Cover artist uncredited
This looks like a Catherine wheel. I like Catherine wheels, they’re my favourite fireworks. Except for sparklers. And rockets.
Wild Talent by Wilson Tucker
This version was published in 1980 by Coronet Books
The cover artists are David Cox Studios
This man has lots of other little men running around inside his head and some are shooting at each other. I think he’s probably got a big headache too… and his eyes look weird.