Thoughtful Thursday: Rename this cover!

It’s time again for one of our favorite games!

Please help us rename this strange-looking science fiction novel by Chester Anderson and Pocket books. The Butterfly Kid, which is a semi-autobiographical fantasy about LSD hallucinations (surprise, surprise), was nominated for a Hugo Award in 1968 but didn’t win. Has anyone read it?

The author of the new title we like best wins a book from our stacks.

Got a suggestion for a horrible cover that needs renaming? Please send it to Kat.

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KAT HOOPER, who started this site in June 2007, earned a Ph.D. in neuroscience and psychology at Indiana University (Bloomington) and now teaches and conducts brain research at the University of North Florida. When she reads fiction, she wants to encounter new ideas and lots of imagination. She wants to view the world in a different way. She wants to have her mind blown. She loves beautiful language and has no patience for dull prose, vapid romance, or cheesy dialogue. She prefers complex characterization, intriguing plots, and plenty of action. Favorite authors are Jack Vance, Robin Hobb, Kage Baker, William Gibson, Gene Wolfe, Richard Matheson, and C.S. Lewis.

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21 comments

  1. Please Don’t Eat the Chrysalis.

  2. Not a title, but, “Duuude! What was in that latte?”

  3. “Steve Jobs Can Sell Anything”

  4. When Tums is not Enough

  5. sandy ferber /

    “The Lepidoptera Regurgitation.”

  6. “Do I Have Something in My Teeth?”

  7. “One More Thing”

    Too Many Tequilas

    Voice Training Exercises for Arias Volume III: Madame Butterfly

    Why Chewing Your Food is Important by Scholastic Books

    M (urder) is for Monarch by Sue Grafton

    Swallow-Tales: A collection of short stories

    Sustainable Eating by Michael Pollan

  8. Not only have I read it, I own the 1967 First Printing of it from Pyramid Books #X-1730

    It’s totally different cover:

    • Wow! You lucky girl!
      The font alone takes you time travelling :-)
      Is that a washing machine or a TV next to the blue bug? And what’s the turn-on?

  9. “The Stranger Who Whispers Butterflies”

  10. Charlie Hanlon /

    Ron Swanson, My Adventures as Chet Anderson

  11. From his mouth spouts a horde of fantasies, Or, the ravings of a laid-back druggie

    Those are some crazy covers. But they’re so fun, too!

  12. “Monarchs of Oblivion.”

  13. Melanie Goldmund /

    Singing, “The worms crawl in, the worms crawl out,” the caterpillars tried to do the same thing … but they weren’t the ones who crawled out.

    I woke up feeling like something had crawled into my mouth and pupated there.

    Why no, no, I don’t have butterflies in my stomach anymore now that I’ve actually started my performance, why do you ask?

    A Thousand Tiny Wings, the Reader’s Digest Condensed Version.

  14. Yagiz, if you live in the USA, you win a book of your choice from our stacks.
    Please contact me (Marion) with your choice and a US address. Happy reading!

  15. Ariana /

    The butterfly flight

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