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Gunther Comments: “I am Observer. But you can call me Brain Guy!”

Published 1974

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: 5.80 out of 10)
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16 Responses to “Siege of Earth”

  1. Francis Boyle Says:

    The new improved Dalek only got one thing right.

  2. THX 1139 Says:

    “Is this Planet Arous?”

  3. Francis Boyle Says:

    No, it’s probably just got something in its pocket.

    (Thank’s THX 1139 I’ve waited forever to use that line.)

  4. fred Says:

    It will take a genius to think of using tear gas.

    Review/back cover.

    ‘Another clue to what view of humanity Faucette is trying to transmit to us is the names of Terran space ships. Dane Barclay’s flagship is “ITSN starship Ravisher, one of the Rapist class battle wagons….” In a later scene the Terrans refurbish a hospital ship called Patcher, tossing out all the medical equipment, installing missile launchers in their place and rechristening her Molester.’

    http://mporcius.blogspot.com/2015/12/siege-of-earth-by-john-faucette.html

  5. Bibliomancer Says:

    Second in a series of two. It’s a “bilogy”:

    http://www.isfdb.org/cgi-bin/pe.cgi?24386

  6. Anna T. Says:

    @Francis Boyle: You sure that’s new and improved? I don’t think the rest of them would agree with you. Not enough “murder pepperpot”.

    Anyways, exposed brains clearly make this lot vulnerable to severely deadly sunburn, so I don’t think Earth has too much to worry about if they can just get them into the sunlight unprotected.

  7. B. Chiclitz Says:

    The full series is multi-faucetted.

  8. Tat Wood Says:

    @Anna T: still better than the New Paradigm ‘Teletubby’ Daleks of 2010.

  9. THX 1139 Says:

    Note to self: brain jelly moulds. Surefire money maker.

  10. daardd23 Says:

    When the cover artist got this assignment, the working title was “TEN”.

  11. Tat Wood Says:

    Judging by the position of the eye and the corpus callosum, the brain-spider has a design flaw if it ever has to walk.

    However, in deference to tradition, his Minions are in yellow.

  12. Bruce A Munro Says:

    I think that’s a brain-powered landing module rather than a spider or an alt-Dalek. Must be a cozy ride for two.

    Is that planet in the background exploding, or does it have a big glowy hole in it?
    Or a mouth?

    (Looks at the bigger picture)

    Are those _nails_ in their heads?

    “We have such sights to show you.”

  13. GSS ex-noob Says:

    Blurb and art disagree again: no Earth, no one man. Also, if that’s all the attack force, we’ve got a really good chance.

    “Second in a series” sounds so much better than “last of these hackworks”.

    @fred: Charming. Subtle.

  14. Francis Boyle Says:

    @Anna T

    Well, it’s got legs that’s one thing. There is no second thing.

  15. GSS ex-noob Says:

    It’s Dalek meets lunar lander meets exposed brain meets cyclops, in green.

    Which is to say, a ludicrous mess of “skiffy” cliche art.

    @Tag Wiz: GSS for the exclamation point.

  16. A.R.Yngve Says:

    I like how this cover really conveys that space is vast and full of empty voids. And how astronomers must use powerful telescopes to find the author’s name in all that empty space.

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