Apr 17

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Bibliomancer Comments: It’s like a zombie buffet.
Published 1962

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: 6.62 out of 10)

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24 Responses to “Talents, Incorporated”

  1. THX 1138 Says:

    Aw, those cute little squidgy, squishy, squelchy idiosyncrasies of the human mind! It has an exclamation mark, it must be fun!

  2. Raoul Says:

    In the future, humans evolve to eliminate the scourge of dandruff.

  3. fred Says:

    1962 explains the whites only line, and Murray Leinster sounds like Trump’s next lawyer.

  4. Francis Boyle Says:

    If you’re going to defeat the remorseless aggressors with nothing but the little idiosyncrasies of your mind it helps to keep them there. That’s why you should trust only Supafoil ™ self-adhesive tinfoil hats. Remember only Supafoil ™ tinfoil hats have an actual layer of tin, scientifically proven to block even the most powerful mental rays. (Also blocks UV because a sunburnt bald head is the one thing worse than alien mind control.)

  5. Bibliomancer Says:

    If you have zero other entertainment options today you can spend six hours listening to the free audiobook.

    I like the red dot on the “i”. It’s like the clown nose of font choices.

  6. Longtime_lurker Says:

    Definitely not the Trumpster’s next lawyer. “Murray Leinster”‘s real name was Will F. Jenkins. Of the Golden Age, and enormously prolific–straightforward stories written in efficient prose. Died in 1975. As usual, it’s far from clear that the cover has much to do with the book, although there is psionics. The reviews on Goodreads aren’t too bad, but don’t make me want to obtain either the audiobook or the dead-tree version. I read some of his stories many years ago, but not this one, and don’t need to do so now.

  7. Francis Boyle Says:

    Also he invented the internet which has to be worth something.

  8. B. Chiclitz Says:

    “You know, Murray was a decent writer. I feel bad about the awful cover his book is saddled with.”

    “Is that remorse? No remorse! You know we’re remorseless don’t you?”

  9. Tor Mented Says:

    Imagine the mess if all these heads aplode.

  10. GSS ex-noob Says:

    That title font is peak early 60’s, innit? Makes this look like a wacky jolly fun romp, which seems inappropriate for aggressor with no remorse. I’m certain I have LPs inherited from my parents with that font on ’em — Christmas and party music.

    Leinster was a really good writer; this cover is quite a shame. I have a “best of” anthology which has a cover that isn’t stupid.

    He basically invented the alternate history genre as well.

    When did everyone stop hyphenating science fiction? And why did they start?

  11. Tat Wood Says:

    The font looks like it ought to be the credits of a film starring Lionel Jeffries and with Bernard Cribbins and Dick Emery as petty crooks.

    (UPDATE: and this is the theme )

  12. GSS ex-noob Says:

    First mermaids and now… Centaurs!

  13. B. Chiclitz Says:

    @Tat W—That is the ultimate theme. The US version starred Fred Macmurray, Jim Hutton and Raffles the Chimpanzee (as himself).

  14. Francis Boyle Says:

    Dammit, GSS ex-noob, you’ve really hit the motherload there. Is there a monster left, that people don’t want to fuck?

  15. Tor Mented Says:

    @GSS ex-noob: The blurb on the book in your link says:
    “Half man. Half beast. He can never run free with the shifter herd.”
    I was a bit perplexed for a moment when I misread the penultimate word.

  16. Longtime_lurker Says:

    Well, even Bokrug the Unspeakable got *some* action …

  17. Anna T. Says:

    The purpose of this tube of heads with visible brains eludes me.

  18. B. Chiclitz Says:

    @Longtime_l—You aren’t by chance referring, are you, to


  19. Longtime_lurker Says:

    My god. It’s reproduced! The thread, that is. Does this mean we will have puns of the form The X that came to Y all over GSS? This is beginning to look like:


    Cop that.

  20. Tat Wood Says:

    @Longtime_lurker (19):

    As Admiral Uqbar said on approaching Orbis Tertius – IT’S A TRAP!

  21. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @Francis (14): My hand to God, there was a romance where the hero was a were-antelope, one with a were-rabbit, various were-lizards, were-dragons and were-griffins. And of course our old friends the were-Chihuahuas.

    Short answer: No. No, there isn’t.


  22. jrdelirio Says:

    Well played, @Tat Wood

  23. Longtime_Lurker Says:

    Tat, GSSxn, jrdelirio: Well played all.

  24. A.R.Yngve Says:

    This answers the old question “What do zombies’ dreams look like?”

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