By Madeline Iva
Hey Gals n Guys — got a deadline this week. Here’s a blast from the past — enjoy!
Madeline here! Wanted to share with you all this whacky pulp novel cover to the pulp sci-fi novel WORLD WITHOUT MEN by Charles Eric Maine. 5,000 years in the future women live without men, while the government desperately tries to create one. Then a scientist actually recovers one from the ice age–and all hell breaks loose!
What I tickles me about this cover, aside from it’s delicious sense of drama and campy crisis–is that it captures all the details in the book so faithfully. The stained eyeballs are the correct color, the white lipstick is accurate, the scientist in the background has lacquered silver across her breasts (yes, this is what science looks like when women are in charge). The woman in the front has a purple collar–she even has the little cord in her hand. It’s mentioned in the book that when she goes out she pulls on the chain, and the fabric in the collar drops down and covers her like a choir gown.
Nice job, ACE BOOKS. Meanwhile, you’ll be happy to know that in this future world, women still are into romance. Albino women have become the big popular love interest. (!!!)
One thing we know is that in a world without men, there’d be no hunky chunks of man-flesh around to grab and hold onto. This would seriously dampen my joy in life. And in the spirit of celebrating Labor Day, I’d like to take a moment to celebrate all those men out there across America who take out the garbage, mow the lawn, and kill the spiders or other icky-crawlies. I can do the same job as a man, and I ought to get paid the same amount, but I still appreciate it that these particular chores do not fall to me.