Tom Noir Comments: The smirk on this fellow’s face says, “Underneath this desk, I’m not wearing trousers.” Because when you’re a dinosaur sea-captain with a fancy sash, who’s going to make you? Published 1992
His chart seems to be a plank of wood, which may be handy if you’re sailing to Jupiter’s moons. If, like most dinosaurs, his vocabulary consists mainly of ‘Raaarr’, he might well be a pirate.
Because pirate dinosaurs in space is so much cooler than just dinosaurs in space.
This cover is exhibit B for my thesis that most sci-if/fantasy works can be improved by search-and-replacing the work “dragon” with “flying space t-rex”. Exhibit A is http://www.goodshowsir.co.uk/2012/07/the-second-experiment/ . Admittedly this t-rex has to use a boat to fly through space, but I believe the argument still stands.
Capt. T-Rex just looks so pleased with his life, here in a world “where the age of the dinosaurs never ended.” Maybe it’s because he has more fingers than your average dinosaur? Or maybe he’s thought of a funny joke to tell First Mate Plesiosaurus when he comes back from his swim on the far left of the cover.
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