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May 27

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Eleanor Comments: A book with the awesome title ‘Get Off the Unicorn’ features a . . . dragon?
Published 1977

Actually, that cover IS a classical work of artI would touch it without protective glovesI have seen worse. Far, far worseInteresting, but I would still read it in publicMiddling: Neither awful nor awfully goodWould not like to be seen reading that!Awful... just awful...That belongs in a gold-lamé picture frame!Gah... my eyes are burning! Feels so good!Good Show, Sir.... Good Show! (Average: 5.41 out of 10)
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27 Responses to “Get Off the Unicorn”

  1. THX 1138 Says:

    Start the day right with your daily breakfast dragon.

  2. Pepper Says:

    I own that book, it is a collection of short stories, several set in Pern and one does feature a Dragon hatching. So apart from it being a really odd dragon, it does illustrate the contents…

  3. Carolyn B Says:

    Honestly, this is a scene in the book! Supposedly the title was a typo of “Get of the Unicorn” and was slapped on a random collection of McCaffrey short stories. I am not making this up. Beware of exploding dragon shells….

  4. Ian Says:

    Guy/Gal with spear thinks “I’m totally screwed”

  5. Zycrow Says:

    Instead of having “the talk” with my future children, instead I will announce my intentions and then simply hand them this book and walk away

  6. Matt Says:

    It’s Anne McCaffrey, of course there’s going to be a dragon on the cover.

  7. A.R.Yngve Says:

    Imagine other titles with such typos:

    GOD EMPEROR OFF DUNE
    THE END OFF ETERNITY
    STAND IN ZANZIBAR
    HOUSE OFF SUNS

  8. Joachim Says:

    @Carolyn B — weird, one would think she could have just said, “Offspring of the Unicorn” — which sounds like a perfectly ok title… Or, progeny of the Unicorn — haha

  9. Phil Says:

    What’s the problem? Oi! You! Dragon! Get off that unicorn! Now!!!

    Maybe dragons are like cuckoo: you think you’re going to hatch a unicorn, but a dragon has laid an egg in your unicorn nest. (And don’t tell me unicorns are mammals. They don’t exist, so they have no obligation to follow the defining biological characteristics of mammalia…)

    There’s a clearer photo of the cover here:
    http://www.fantasticfiction.co.uk/m/anne-mccaffrey/get-off-unicorn.htm

  10. Some Mammal Says:

    “you think you’re going to hatch a unicorn, but a dragon has laid an egg in your unicorn nest. (And don’t tell me unicorns are mammals.”

    The platypus, echidna, and a whole slew of extinct synapsids would like a word with you.

    (There is one thing all mammals have in common, to the point where you can’t be a mammal if you don’t have them: tits.)

  11. A.R.Yngve Says:

    There’s another way to “interpret” the misprinted title — and I’m not going to spell it out… I bet you can figure it out for yourselves.

  12. Phil Says:

    U get off the Nicorn?

  13. Carolyn B Says:

    Get Off, Thee Unicorn! (Unicorns are always trespassing on neighbors’ lawns, leaving unsightly messes.)

    @Joachim – my understanding (from reading years ago, but I think it was explained in the book intro) was that the publisher actually had a list of titles that had been sitting around to be used. “Hey, Anne, we’ve got this title. Scrape together all your short stories and we’ll publish them!” (I once adored all things Anne McCaffrey. I bought this book and thought the cover was cool. I will not say how old I was.)

  14. Dalton H. Says:

    Dragon > Unicorn

  15. Kas Wiz Says:

    It’s a collection of short stories, at least one of which is about a dragon. Makes perfect sense.

    @Joachim: McCaffrey didn’t make up the title. And your suggestions don’t have as nice a rhythm as the original version.

  16. SI Says:

    I guess it makes sense for dragons to be in eggs… but that’s one hell of a big egg! Think of the dragon butt that laid that thing!

  17. A.R.Yngve Says:

    SI, your comment opens up the proverbial can of worms: How do you define “consistency” or “logic” in fantasy? (Warning: these questions may lead to tedious, endless Fanw*nk.)

  18. Pat Says:

    I am surprised that none of you recognised the 1930s slogan of the Dragon Marketing Board:

    “Get off the Unicorn and get on a Dragon”

    They introduced that after discovering that no-one understood:

    “Three horns are better than one”

  19. arch9enius Says:

    “There is one thing all mammals have in common, to the point where you can’t be a mammal if you don’t have them: tits.)”

    I don’t hae tits. I guess I’ll just have to wait ’til middle age to be a mammal.

  20. arch9enius Says:

    “Guy/Gal with spear thinks “I’m totally screwed””

    Ferenghi Gal in dress (?) is just standing around like ‘huh, that’s interesting. How do I turn it into money?’ I suppose the spear’s in case anyone tries to unclothe her.
    Also, why is the dragon so pissed off? I thought Anne McCaffery’s dragons were supposed to be friendly.

  21. Dalton H. Says:

    You get off that… dang it! I’m sorry. It’s on the tip of my tongue.

  22. Anti-Sceptic Says:

    I think maybe that dragon was sitting on a unicorn, thus making the title very apt indeed…

  23. B. Durbin Says:

    Story in question involves a kid who gets rather nastily beaten up and is going to miss the hatching, so that’s a pole he’s leaning on. Considerably spikier than McCaffrey dragons are supposed to be, though.

    If you haven’t read this collection and you’re a fan of her work, don’t worry; most of these stories have been starting points for her novels. About the only ones that haven’t are the Daughter/Dull Drums duo and the one in the same section.

  24. Sangelia Says:

    The dragon is a character in one of the short stories in the book. The story is the Shortest Dragonrider.

  25. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    THE DARK KNIGHT GETS OFF THE UNICORN
    MAN OFF STEEL, GET OFF THE UNICORN
    LORD OFF THE UNICORN
    GET OFF THE UNICORN AND GET ON WITH YOUR CAREER, DARKMAN
    DEBBIE GETS OFF THE UNICORN
    THE SECRET GET OFF WALTER UNICORN

  26. Tom Noir Says:

    If you liked THIS misspelled title, you may enjoy these others:

    TURN OFF THE SCREW
    THE WIZARD OFF OZ
    OFF MICE AND MEN
    FAREWELL TWO ARMS

  27. A.R.Yngve Says:

    I prefer the James Brown version of the story, his hit song “Get Down Offa That Unicorn (And Get On Uppa That Dance Floor)”.

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