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Jan 11

That's OK dearie. Daddy's going to be home a little bit late tonight.Click for full image

Bob Comments: “There go the child support checks!”
Published 1955

Actually, that cover IS a classical work of art!I would touch it without protective gloves.I've seen worse. Far, far, worse.Interesting, but I would still read it in public.Middlng: Neither awful nor awfully goodWould not like to be seen reading that!Awful... just awful...That belongs in a gold-lame picture frame!Gah... my eyes are burning! Feels so good!Good Show Sir! (Average: 7.27 out of 10)
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31 Responses to “Deep Freeze”

  1. Tom Noir Says:

    “Star of wonder, star of night…”

  2. THX 1138 Says:

    “See what happens if you don’t ask for directions?”

  3. B. Chiclitz Says:

    THIS IS AN ORIGINAL NOVEL, DAMMIT. NOBODY EVER WROTE THIS NOVEL BEFORE. NOT A WORD OF THIS NOVEL HAS EVER APPEARED, ANYWHERE, IN ANY LANGUAGE. AND WE ONLY PRINTED ONE COPY.

    Don’t tell me you’re not happy about that.

  4. JuanPaul Says:

    Looks like little Jimmy in the front is hiding his sling-shot.

  5. JuanPaul Says:

    The men died in outer space and women faced the future alone. So basically, everything is going to be fine.

  6. Ray P Says:

    An early Joanna Russ effort, published under a male pseudonym. The women blew up the ship deliberately as a liberatory act.

  7. Bibliomancer Says:

    That is a Surrealist explosion. Or perhaps Dada.

  8. Tat Wood Says:

    From the way the shadows splay out from the explosion, the spaceship must be about seven feel long and maybe a dozen feet in the air when it exploded, shortly after taking off from the middle of the circle the housewives all formed. The pieces look like it was cigar-shaped (although there seem to be three halves) The fact that they’re all wearing A-line skirts and Toni home perms means this is probably going to detail their inability to master DIY or parking.

    So maybe this isn’t the widow-making accident but the results of these silly girls attempting a pinata without male supervision.

    As the price suggests that it was printed in Britain before decimalisation a pinata would be more futuristic and alien than this Ladybird Books version of another planet.

  9. Ray P Says:

    “Look around. See if you can form a rudimentary knitting machine.”

  10. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    The eagles died out in space – and the women faced the future with disproportionately long arms.

  11. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    Apropos of the title, that must be the most tutti-frutti explosion I have ever seen.

  12. Anna T. Says:

    Anyone else getting “spaceship attacked by eldritch abomination” vibes here? Because I am.

  13. Ray P Says:

    They could use Sigourney Weaver as leader but they will have to do with Doris Day. “Maybe we could build a fire, sing some songs.”

  14. MisterBob Says:

    Well i’m getting an Ayn Rand vibe mixed with a Marks & Spencer Food Hall Re-vamp – but that’s just me Mister Bob ( no relation )

  15. Ray P Says:

    “Who is Joanna Galt?” The spaceship exploded because flying through hyperspace ain’t like managing a collective farm.

  16. A.R.Yngve Says:

    “Not a reprint” — because there was a glut of “All-Female Societies” books in the mid-1950s?

  17. B. Chiclitz Says:

    Long-armed mom to kid in foreground:
    “Billy, I know that Oedipal thing has been putting you through some changes and all, but you have to stop playing with yourself every time Dad gets blown up in a space explosion!”

  18. Francis Boyle Says:

    For some the sixties came early.

    “No, Just a little tonic I get from a friend in Switzerland”.

  19. Yoss Says:

    “See here, fellas, we need to expand our audience. How can we get the womenfolk interested in science fiction?”

    “Children!”

    “I like it!”

    “Sensible skirts!”

    “Makes sense! Good work, Jenkins!”

    “KILL ALL THE MEN!!!”

    “For Christ’s sake, Burke, do you really think that’s a good idea?”

    “THEY SHOULD DIE IN AN EXPLOSION!”

    “Wait just a min-”

    “…IN FRONT OF THE CHILDREN!”

    “Burke, you go too far! We need to keep this domestic for the women.”

    “WHAT IF WE MADE IT MORE RELATABLE BY NAMING THE NOVEL AFTER A KITCHEN APPLIANCE?”

    “Say…. That’s not half bad. Get started on a draft! Oh, and Burke… make sure to remind the readers that this is an original novel and not some lousy reprint.”

    “YOU CAN COUNT ON ME, SIR!”

  20. fred Says:

    Six women – same hairstyle. Exactly how many men died in space?

  21. GSS noob Says:

    “Finally! We can have different hairstyles and wear something other than A-line dresses! Maybe even trousers, more suitable for this rocky hellhole!”

  22. THX 1138 Says:

    @A.R.Y.: I dunno about books, but in the movies there was Abbott and Costello Go To Mars, Queen of Outer Space, Cat Women of the Moon, Fire Maidens from Outer Space, Devil Girl from Mars… probably others. But in those the women without men was a fantasy for those men who actually showed up in their societies. Must have been novelizations!

  23. GSS noob Says:

    @fred: If Tat’s calculations are correct and the spaceship was only 7 feet long, that would seem to be one man. Might explain the explosion. Sister wives are doin’ it for themselves.

  24. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    Dude blasted out into the cold vacuum of space: ‘AND I’M FREEZE…FREEZE FALLIN’…’

  25. B. Chiclitz Says:

    @THX 1138—and let us not forget the legendary Phil Austin’s Roller Maidens from Outer Space.

  26. Ray P Says:

    There is the women-only future of Consider her ways by John Wyndham, a novella from 1956.

  27. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    If it’s about a planet of women, shouldn’t it be ‘Cougar Books’?

  28. DaveM Says:

    @GSS noob (23), Mormons in space?

  29. classicOz Says:

    It looks to me like that spaceship collided with a giant wasp

  30. GSS noob Says:

    @Dave M: S’what I thought fred was implying.

  31. HappyBookworm Says:

    There seem to be two women not looking in the right direction to see the explosion. Just saying… Maybe they’ve spotted some men hiding in the rocks. The empty disaster rocket was all a ploy!

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