Nov 16

'I can haz cheezburger' by Stanley Kubrick.Click for full image

NGpm Comments: Okay, so there’s this face vase thing on the left, but it’s a mushroom (just like what the art director just ate) … and a decaying woman that is scaring the mess out of a cat that lives in Salvador Daliwood.
Published 1980

Includes – The Puppet Masters, Double Star & The Door into Summer
Many thanks to NGpm!

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: 6.83 out of 10)

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16 Responses to “A Heinlein Trio”

  1. Weirdmage Says:

    Let’s see if I can deduce what the three stories are about from the cover:

    -Twins brought up by a mushroom. -Looks like they are resting their heads on its shoulders. (Could have gone pervy here…)
    -A woman being eaten by a little alien who lives on her back.
    -And a cat who spends his day looking out a hatch.


  2. cutmanmike Says:


  3. SI Says:

    They made happy cat sad!

  4. john Says:

    I had this version, from the Science Fiction book club in the 80s!

  5. Evad Says:

    Hey now everyone – let’s not get carried away – “You can’t judge a book by its cover” Right? Right?

    Oh God. Who am I kidding? This thing might just spontaneously burst into flames and take us all with it. Someone dig a hole a safe distance from the house.

  6. A.R.Yngve Says:

    Oh my God, why did you have to show that cover? Made me vomit all over my PC…

  7. NGpm Says:

    Thanks to the pop-up joke, in my head I now have the desiccated woman saying “the thing’s hollow, it goes on forever and … it’s full of cats!” A la Dave Bowman in 2001.

    Good show sir!

  8. Kathleen Says:

    she’s rocking that purple hood though…

  9. A.R.Yngve Says:

    The cover truly shows how Curiosity Killed the Cat…

  10. SI Says:

    Kathleen> Yea nice hood. What about the alien attached to her back!?

  11. Angela Says:

    Yay! I had this one too! Sci Fi Book Club hardcover. The Door Into Summer is still one of my favorite short stories from back then. I have been trying to remember what the other 2 stories were for years now, but I couldn’t remember what the collection was called. The Door Into Summer is about time travel and cryogenics. The main character has cat that goes around to all the doors in their home demanding to be let out as if one of them will lead outside to summer warmth instead of the terrible snow and cold.

    And SI, the alien attached to the back of the Visible Woman is from the Puppet Masters. Sort of an alien symbiote/body snatcher thing. I don’t remember the details, but it creeped me out when I was 12

  12. bob Says:

    The third one was Double Star a politician takes ill on the campaign trail and his staff hire an actor to take his place.

  13. A.R.Yngve Says:

    No! WRONG! BAD cover artist! Do it AGAIN!

  14. AA Says:

    I gotta stop looking at these things before bedtime. I have the strangest dreams.

  15. Stevie T Says:

    “A Heinlein Trio”…Isn’t that an unfortunate, if accurate, description of most of his later work….?

  16. GSS noob Says:

    Yeah, we’ve got this one. If you’re familiar with Heinlein’s work, you can guess what the stories are (although the twins could also be “Time For the Stars”) but the whole conglomeration is hideous. There’s no reason for the woman to have all her bones and guts visible, scaring poor Happy Cat.

    However, the *concept* of the cat looking for the door/window into summer is well-known by anyone who lives with a cat and gets the disgusted look from kitty after all doors and windows have proved to have inclement weather. So the book *title* is useful, even if the story is like, whoa, pedophilia.

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