Good to see C.S. being put to good use, and I congratulate you on the tie illusion. Genius!
“What he sought lay beyond human reach – but there were others ready to help him…” It doesn’t look THAT far out of reach; he just needs to step forward a little. And is a horse really going to be much help?
There’s almost a TING! going on there. Almost.
An OVERTURE by David Gerrold? Who knew he wrote musical scores as well as tribble scripts?
Answered my own question today. THC DOOP, INTD ARL is an anagram for:
DOLPHIN TORT CAD
HORN ADDICT PLOT
PILCHARD DON TOT
CHORDAL DOT PINT
CHARD DOLT POINT
RANCID DOTH PLOT
IT DOTH LAND CROP
POND DITTO LARCH
LATCH TORPID DON
CATNIP DOTH LORD
DROP HOLD INTACT
CAN’T HOLD TRIPOD
ACTOR, ODD PLINTH
HARD TOP COLD TIN
TIDAL NOTCH DROP
ADOPT TORN CHILD
TOAD CORD PLINTH
ODD PLIANT TORCH
DITCH PROTON LAD
Maybe that’s the guy in the lower right corner! Proton Lad!
The suggestive placement of the sword. The ominous and euphemistic name “The Door Into Fire.” This is clearly a safe sex cautionary tale aimed at the male fantasy crowd. The protagonist striving, reaching for the seemingly unattainable — unaware of associated risks. And can there be any doubt the flaming horse represents venereal disease?
This is another one of those really-good-books-with-a-really-atrocious-cover.
I think it was her first novel. It was nominated twice for a Campbell Award for best new writer of SF (I think I had better throw in some disclosure and say that makes me fond of it because the same thing happened to my husband’s first novel).
Ridley Scott later stole this idea for his original Alien movie!
In an effort to avoid copyright infringment, he replaced the disembodied head of Patrick Stewart bursting forth from naked blue chick with a baby xenomorph and Siegfriend and his flaming horse with a space crew.
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