As with most Heinlein juveniles this is a fun, if dated, read. But all the covers of this particular printing vintage were terrible. The funky psychedelic covers of the next printing were WAAAY better.
I’ve always liked this cover, ever since I picked it up in the ’70s. I can’t claim to remember the story, but I do remember that I didn’t hate it. Bob is most likely correct, in that it makes sense, if you’ve read the book.
It’s always interesting, if nothing else, seeing what non-artists say about an image they’ve come to….with nothing but the worst expected. It’s kinda sad, really.
The Star Beast is a fun little children’s story! So the man ought to be a little boy.
Stevetalbert, Heinlein’s been gone a long time. Early in his career(Fifties mostly), he wrote great juveniles. All of them are good reads, the kind of YA that adults can enjoy. Tunnel in the Sky, Double Star, Have Spacesuit, Will Travel, Red Planet, Citizen of the Galaxy, etc. In all, you do have to overlook the things that date them and enjoy the ride.
The hero is a teenager with a girlfriend and the story deals with issues such as free-speech, justice and jurisprudence, politics and diplomacy – so not quite a little children’s book. I know a few fifteen/sixteen year-olds who look as adult as the guy on the cover and I think the hero is older than that anyway. The creature is his ‘pet’ brought to earth by a grandfather from one of his space travels. Not his Nemesis.
The fashions described in the book are extremely wacky so I’m not sure this cover is so way off beam. The creature is described as having delicate little hands and the number of legs is correct. Lummox – the creature is described as being like a little girl through most of the book.
If a cover is supposed to depict the story accurately – this does.
I’m going to have to find my own edition. I know it has a different cover. Just been refered to this site. Big SciFi Fantasy fan with respectable collection. Lots of old school Sci fi. I hope to make a contribution…Bas
Have submitted 1972 New English Library edition of “The Star Beast” personally I like this one better it is truer to the book in it’s description of Lummox. Also submitted “Have Space Suit – Will Travel” 1958 Ace Books edition gloriously awful yet good as well; at least the artist read the book and tried to be faithful to the descriptions. Hope they get accepted for you to see.
Lummox has a little girl’s voice, he/she/it (species had 7 sexes) did not act like a little girl. The artist’s depiction of Lummox is fairly accurate. The guy’s outfit, however . . . Heinlein for some reason thought tights where the height of fashion. Still, in his 1947 novel Beyond This Horizon, he predicted two thing I though were outrageous – men wearing earrings and painting their fingernails . . .
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