Jul 26

Sir we're being attacked by a... space t-rex... wow... this is an awesome way to die!No larger image available

Joachim Comments: Ride that spaceship!
Published 1975 

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: 8.98 out of 10)

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42 Responses to “The Second Experiment”

  1. Jaouad Says:

    The Calgary Stampede ain’t got nuthin’ on us.

  2. Rachel J Says:

    If that’s the second experiment, what in space was the first?

  3. Tom Noir Says:

    That’s no moon!

  4. Tom Noir Says:

    The mating rituals of the Tyrannosaurus Rex are now thought to be far more intricate than first believed.

  5. THX 1138 Says:

    Tired of your extreme sports videos, sir? Might I recommend something for the connoisseur?

  6. Smith Says:

    The Imperial Space Armada’s hood ornaments were a little over the top.

  7. Jaouad Says:

    With wings like that, I’m not surprised Space Lizard needed some additional thrust.

  8. Anti-Sceptic Says:

    The First Experiment: A flying T-Rex in space

    Due to a lack of wind in space the scientists were forced to make some alterations…

    The Second Experiment: A flying T-Rex in space with a rocket attached!

  9. Anti-Sceptic Says:

    Is it me, or does the T-Rex look like he’s enjoying himself?

  10. SI Says:

    For some reason I can’t get judas priest – breaking the law out of my head while looking at this!

  11. Smith Says:

    @SI: I have to say I wonder if this one is entering a strange crossover zone between cringeworthy SF book covers and totally kick ass heavy metal album art.

    Good Show, Dude?

  12. Yoss Says:

    For maximum enjoyment, I’m just going to assume that ship is full of cat people.

  13. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    @TN, A-S: I would take issue with calling it Tyrannosaurus rex. But when part of my argument incorporates the phrase, ‘Dinosaurs didn’t have bat wings at the nape of their necks,’ the whole thing becomes an exercise in futility.

  14. Sneaky Burrito Says:

    I went to Amazon hoping to find out more about this book. Not with the intention of reading it, mind you. Rather just trying to figure out what the heck someone could be thinking (or smoking?) to generate a cover like this in the first place. Unfortunately, there are only two reviews, both shorter than this comment, and both from the late 1990s. Also, there is a totally different cover image showing on Amazon. The one here is much more entertaining. (Sales rank of 1,946,865, by the way…)

  15. Jerk of all Trades Says:

    “This is your captain speaking. Unfortunately, it appears that we are going to be delayed for takeoff due to unforeseen cover-artist brain fart. Please remain in your seats.”

  16. fred Says:

    Vampire Godzilla w/ Liam Neeson as Van Helsing. How could this not gross billions?

  17. Jerk of all Trades Says:

    Also I just found out that J.O. Jeppson was the future Mrs. Asimov.

  18. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    Goodness! This book is the antecedent to another good show featuring a ridiculously bewinged draconian. Here’s a review, and I hope that link works. Sadly, the former book seems to be MUCH less awesome than SI’s soundtrack.

  19. Scott B Says:

    Bat-winged T-Rex menacing a spaceship! I am overwhelmed by the sheer awesome.

  20. Rachel J Says:

    @Sneaky Burrito. I managed to find a few more references. Apparently Space T-Rex is actually a space *dragon* descended from a race of evil “energy beings” from a higher plane, who are battling a “malevolent computer” for control of the galaxy.

  21. Smith Says:

    @RachelJ: Wow. Could it therefore be that the artist had poor command of English, and when asked to paint a space dragon, asked what a “dragon” was, and was told “you know, like a dinosaur. With wings.”

  22. Jaouad Says:

    @Jerk of all Trades: whoa yes. J.O. Jeppson = Janet Asimov

  23. Sneaky Burrito Says:

    @Rachel J: Your research was clearly much more thorough than mine. Though even with the apparent artist’s error in depicting a dragon, I am now forced to wonder what the AUTHOR was thinking.

    I suspect that concepts like “energy beings” and “malevolent computers” are the reasons that I don’t often read science fiction. (I have several chemistry degrees and a scientific mind and it makes my brain hurt to think about such concepts as those in quotation marks.) At least with fantasy (which I consume voraciously), there’s magic to explain things away.

    Wish I had more of a capacity to suspend disbelief. I think reading some of this stuff would be a hoot.

  24. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    We’ve seen the sequel before on this very Web site. Along with a radically different interpretation of the dragon, you will note.

  25. hestia Says:

    Ah, if I had time and money…

    I’d really like to buy the rights to this art, and print it up on spine labels, which I would put on all the science fiction and fantasy in our grade school library. Then the local public library. Then all the libraries. Then your libraries at home. All the SFF books should have this art on their spines.

  26. Rich Says:

    I vaguely rember reading this many years ago, and really enjoying it. Mind you I was going through a period of some excellent red wines at the time.

  27. Joachim Says:

    The outcome of the first experiment — the space t-rex fell off and impaled his belly on a rock. The outcome of the second experiment — space t-rex successfully space skied and couldn’t contain his giddy smile. Beware children, he’s coming!

  28. Don Hilliard Says:

    JOAT/Jaouad: Yep. Janet Jeppson was already Dr. Mrs. Dr. Asimov by the time this was published; she used her maiden name (gender-neutral) on her SF work for about a decade after their marriage, even on their collaborative stories, just to avoid any suggestion that she was only getting work due to her husband’s name.

  29. Claire Says:

    We need more covers like this nowadays. I can’t think when my SFF reading included a book with an evil space T Rex shipsurfing on it and I think I’m all the poorer for it.

  30. Tom Noir Says:


    Your argument is invalid.

  31. robot steve Says:

    this was the inspriation for that game in harry potter. pl

  32. robot steve Says:

    like the semi useless little arms of the t rex, their little known wings were also such a dissapointment that the only way they could get play meteorite vollyball was by straddling the nearest transport shuttle

  33. Green Says:

    It’s an alien dinosaur-dragon Dr, Strangelove. I must read it!

  34. Rags Says:

    Newest add campaign for Viagara! ”

    Take our pill limpy and turn into FLYING T-REX WITH A ROCKETSHIP IN HIS PANTS!”

  35. Bibliomancer Says:

    This cover is awesome. It is best enjoyed embiggened:

  36. David Cowie Says:

    Well found, sir!

  37. Sesquipedalian Says:

    “Darling, I’ve just had such a busy day I forgot to go to Wal-E-Mart for food. I hope you don’t mind if I just pop open a can for dinner…”

  38. Rachel J Says:

    @Bibliomancer. Thanks for the embiggened version. It was not until I beheld it in all its glory that I realised Flying Space T-Rex is missing a lower fang.

    Could it be that the First Experiment was “Find out what spaceships taste like”?

  39. A.R.Yngve Says:

    “Whaddya mean my thighs look fat?? I’ll stomp on you for that!!”

  40. A.R.Yngve Says:

    Time to revive a beloved old meme for this space dragon… wait for it… you know what’s coming…


  41. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    ‘Nothin, gigantic albino dragon on the rocket ship. Watchin’ the worst sci-fi/fantasy covers, havin’ an aquavit. Wassaaap wichoo?’

  42. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    It has been theorised that you could caption any New Yorker cartoon with the phrase, ‘Christ, what an asshole.’ and not destroy its comic value.

    I submit that you cannot have one standard caption for all Good Show covers.

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