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Makeshift Tin-foil Spaceship
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Good Show Sir Comments: Greetings from Corpse Mountain!

Published 1979

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: 8.69 out of 10)
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33 Responses to “The Makeshift God”

  1. Bibliomancer Says:

    I’ve killed the whole population . . . my quest for knowledge is now complete!

  2. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    I’m trying to find anything right with the cover, and frankly, I’m stumped.

  3. RachelJ Says:

    @Bibliomancer. Judging from the only synopsis I could find, I believe you may have hit upon the actual plot:

    SCIENCE FICTION-ULTIMATE KNOWLEDGE-ULTIMATE CHAOS-HEMMED IN AND FRUSTRATED BY THE PERILS AND PRESSURES OF 22ND CENTURY AMERICA,SCHOLAR ARTHUR CAINE WELCOMED THE MISSION TO THE DISTANT PLANET ALBAR.FOR ALBAR WAS AN INCREDIBLE STOREHOUSE OF KNOWLEDGE ABOUT EARTH’S HISTORY-A LIVING TREASURY OF INFORMATION THAT ONLY HE COULD INTERPRET.BUT THE NATIVES OF ALBAR-ROYALTY,PRIESTS AND COMMONERS ALIKE-HAD THEIR OWN INTRIGUES INVOLVING THE BIZARRE CREATURE CAINE SOUGHT-MOST OF THEM SEEMING TO CALL FOR KILLING OR ENSLAVING CAINE AND HIS COMPANIONS.TO REACH THE GOAL THAT OBSESSED HIM,CAINE WOULD HAVE TO ALTER THE FUTURE OF THE WHOLE PLANET-IF HE COULD STAY ALIVE LONG ENOUGH.

  4. SI Says:

    twe…. TWE!!!

  5. fred Says:

    How can we be sure they aren’t corpses but just passed out drunk from celebrating Drink Like A Pirate Day?

  6. JuanPaul Says:

    His quest was for boxer briefs alone…but the wedgies that came with it changed a world’s undergarment industry.

  7. A.R.Yngve Says:

    THE MAKESHIFT TITLE LOGO

  8. A.R.Yngve Says:

    Bow down before the Transformer Action Figure of the Gods! Submit to it!

  9. Tom Noir Says:

    The longer I stare at this cover, the more butts I see.

    Four butts? No, I think there are five! Five butts!

  10. THX 1138 Says:

    Make…? Oh, shiFt, right, gotcha.

  11. JuanPaul Says:

    @TN *in Captain Picard voice* “THERE- ARE- FOUR-BUTTS!”

  12. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    @Tom: when you gaze long into the butt, the butt also gazes into you!

  13. B. Chiclitz Says:

    @RachelJ—interesting to note that “royalty, priests and commoners alike had their own intruiges . . . .”

  14. B. Chiclitz Says:

    I thought it said The Makeshift Goo.

  15. B. Chiclitz Says:

    “His quest was for knowledge alone—but the power that came with it changed a world’s diaper.”

  16. Tat Wood Says:

    Zardoz! A new musical based on the hit 1975 movie. From the team who gave you Unicorns!

  17. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    Griffin, Russell M, (1943-1986) US academic and author who began publishing sf with his first novel, The Makeshift God (November-December 1958 Astounding as “A Bicycle Built for Brew”; 1979), an ambitiously overwritten and overlong but notably intelligent romance of origins, set initially in a drab Arab-dominated marginally pre-Cyberpunk USA, and then on a planet which houses mysteriously significant data about the deep human past…Griffin’s premature death halted a career which could have soared.

  18. Ikari Gendo Says:

    I will hold my space helmet awkwardly to hide the fact that I find homoerotic violence exciting.

  19. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    His quest was for fish alone – but the mercury contamination that came with it changed a world’s destiny!

    THE MAKESHIFT COD

  20. Alice Says:

    There’s some serious butt-stuff going on here.

  21. Raoul Says:

    The Makeshitup God

  22. THX 1138 Says:

    At last it has come to this: Arsemageddon.

  23. B. Chiclitz Says:

    @Raoul—GSS!

  24. Tag Wizard Says:

    @BC – So whaddya think? Weird trapezius?

  25. Anna T. Says:

    I guess wearing little to no clothing is part of the culture on this planet? I mean, he’s probably only wearing the G-string and belt to hold his sword. As for the space helmet, I bet it’s covering up something bad – do you see the angle of his neck? That’s some anatomical issues right there.

    Also, one of the corpses has the disturbing head of a chimpanzee. I know not why.

  26. B. Chiclitz Says:

    @Tag Wizard—take your pick, magus. It’s weird all over. Trapezius does seem to be glued on, and badly. Also I think he has a painful boil on his left buttock, and there may well be a face, carved intaglio, in his left thigh (face-in-thigh?).

  27. StevenLP Says:

    Dead Stuff: it’s the SF Encyclopedia which says of Griffin that he “…began publishing sf with his first novel, The Makeshift God (November-December 1958 Astounding as “A Bicycle Built for Brew”; 1979)”; but according to ISFDB, “A Bicycle Built for Brew” was written by Poul Anderson and became the novel “The Makeshift Rocket”.

    It’s the battle of the two major SF databases!!!

    Though I suspect it’s bloody nose for John Clute.

  28. GSS ex-noob Says:

    Font problems. Anatomy problems. A thong. Australopithecus Corpse Mountain. Butts everywhere. A spaceship that might be a stage prop.

    I think this could use every damn tag available, and some new ones. Isn’t there a “so much yellow” tag that ought to see more use?

    The SFE has munged things together — he probably wasn’t publishing stuff at age 15, especially not under Poul Anderson’s name. Bit of a search/cut and paste problem there. Makeshift, even.

    Overwritten and over-arted as well.

  29. RachelJ Says:

    @StevenLP & GSS. Every other reference I can find to “A Bicycle Built for Brew”, and there are many, attributes it to Poul Anderson and as having been published in novel form as “The Makeshift Rocket”. So I’d say the SF Encyclopaedia screwed up here.

  30. StevenLP Says:

    RachelJ: I contacted the SFE about this yesterday and they’ve held up their hands and confessed their grevious sin: it will be corrected as part of the next site update.

  31. GSS ex-noob Says:

    Good Show, StevenLP!

    The “makeshift” in both must have tripped them up.

    The mistake seems to have occurred in the migration to the web; I’ve checked my paper copy (there’s my weightlifting for the day) and the parenthetical bicycle reference isn’t in there.

    Also, my library needs dusting rather badly. Achoo.

  32. Bruce A Munro Says:

    the makeshift God arrives in his makeshift spaceship…

  33. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    *enthusiastically* “POLO!”

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