Looks to me like the HUGE 70s hair kitty, along the Hans Solo and Princess Lea wanna-be’s, is terrified by “his big one”…whatever that means… Apparently he just whipped it out and the three on the cover are crouching is disbelief and terror.
Why didn’t I think to submit this? Everything is wrong. The artwork is appalling and manages to look photoshopped even though it was printed in the late seventies. Even the blurb is wrong: far from being a ‘long-awaited masterpiece’ it’s a never-reprinted forgettable lump, notable mostly for an interesting FTL drive (Tipler cylinders) and for Anderson letting his inner skald out to play a bit.
Man in macho crouch pose with gun: “Run sweetcheeks! I got you covered!”
Woman already in running away pose: “I’m just a woman in heels so I’ll just assume there’s nothing behind us and start running!”
Hmmm, maybe Poul Anderson should sue James Cameron. After all, it would appear that Anderson’s book had giant, brown, cat-like people with tails, whearas Cameron’s movie had giant, blue, cat-like people with tails, but it seems a minor change…..Especially since Cameron forced a television show, that had been on for three years (and had nothing even similar to his movie), to change it’s name, claiming that he had already copyrighted “Avatar” several months before the show was produced. Seems someone else copyrighted it even sooner.
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