I just wanted to place this here, for completists. (That would be me.)
"For those in favor of the cover, I agree with all that's been said. I just want to add this:
Because we are familiar with Harlan, we know this will not be a book about 'Nazis' per se. It will be about the ideals of evil, how they flourish, why they exist, possibly how best to thwart them, and a smidgeon of hope when the bastards win once in awhile. This was part of the message in HITLER PAINTED ROSES.
Harlan warned us in MIND FIELDS that the Nazis were with us again, we just didn't heed the word. After that, we voted for 8 years of bloody hell, and now that there is a glimmer of hope, they're more ferocious than ever. I have this suspicion that all the talk here in the last two days, the gun-nuts, the health-care Reapers, these are the "nazis", the thoughts and deeds of which we will be maddeningly entertained with when AFHIA comes out.
Evil as an empty suit indeed. Trying to understand a universe that has in it a William Kostric, and to attempt to follow his labyrinthine illogic. The Cheneys and the John Woos who use their power for distraction and undermining. These are the empty suits, terrifying those for whom simply the suit itself is an image to be feared. The heads change, the uniform remains.
Obviously, this toe-in-the-water testing isn't a fair sample of a book buying demographic. But then, for a small, strange reason, I don't think that's why HE asked. He knew damn well he'd get the response, "Well, I'm gonna buy it, regardless...". I think he just wanted to see, in him own Puckish way, what responses were given before and after that caveat. What do we have to say about something that bothers us that we WANT, anyway?
This may be projection, of course.
I don't give any goddamn what people think of my reading material they may see in my hands, on my desk or on my shelf. For my part, it's not the swastika that is the dominant image, it's the empty suit. But as has been said, we bring our own to the table.
Keep it, Harlan. Those who want to read you, will. Those who want to trash you, will. Those who never knew you before, well... whaddya got to lose?"
The medium is the message.