Aiieeee!! NOOO!!! This book, with this cover caused certain unpleasantness to be inflicted on me when I was ten.
School Thug:”What you looking at?”
Me:”It’s a book.”
School Thug:”I know it’s a book smart-ass. What is that on the cover? Looks stupid”
Me:”Uhm, well.it’s these people and they, uh, represent…ah yeah it’s kinda stupid.”
School Thug:”The Sheep Look Up? More like the sheep run off. Cuz they know you wanna do them. Ha ha ha!”
(cronies join in laughter)
School Thug:”What is this crap anyway? What kinda book is thie anyway?”
School Thug:”Homo fiction? Ha ha! Science books suck.”
Me:” Not science. Science fiction. There’s a difference.”
School Thug:”No there ain’t. It all sucks. That Captain Spock stuff is for losers.”
Me:”Captain what? I think you mean..”
School Thug:”Shaddup freako. All the same. I don’t get none of it.”
@Biblioman—well, I figured it was just a matter of time before this showed up. Looks just as stupid as it did in 1971. Seems to have inspired some nice GSS-style versification and punning, however. I guess really, no, really, important novels will do that. This one’s so important it had to crib its title from Milton (thanks, @B. Durbin), that well-known 17th c. science fiction writer ( The Beast from Paradise, Lost, The Evil Comet of Comus, Samson “Space Cat” Agonistes, etc.).