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Aug 08

Girls always turn out to have complex chemical structures for chests!Click for full image

Joachim Comments: I love most of Richard Powers’ surrealist covers — but, this one… Surrealism exponentially cheapened with a gigantic looming OUTRAGEOUSLY pink girl with strategically placed element models and a pistolled cowboy with a space suit and matching pink gloves and boots… And throw in some little men with spears, a spaceship and scattered cacti for good effect.
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: 7.00 out of 10)
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16 Responses to “The Girls from Planet 5”

  1. THX 1138 Says:

    I don’t believe it!

  2. Smith Says:

    Madonna called. She’d like her bra back.

  3. Adam Roberts Says:

    THX 1138 stole my gag.

  4. Adam Roberts Says:

    “The invaders of Earth were beautiful … a different science-fiction novel!”

    Judging by this cover, a different kind of “beautiful” too.

  5. Jami Says:

    A very phallic spaceship that, despite obviously flying away, still has the pointiest part pointed straight between her legs.

  6. Scott B Says:

    “Toy Story 8: The Final Frontier”

  7. SI Says:

    Jami’s right! That space ship is trying to see up her skirt! Well if you could call it a skirt… more like a belt to my eyes!

  8. fred Says:

    http://io9.com/5223300/could-the-girls-from-planet-5-be-the-best-novel-ever
    http://crookedtimber.org/2009/04/20/the-girls-from-planet-5/

    Un-frikken-believable.

  9. NGpm Says:

    This reminds me of the Tom and Jerry cartoons from the sixties. Maybe that cowboy is Tex Avery.

  10. Ian Says:

    I like the term “femaliens” used on the io9 web site.

  11. jerk of all trades Says:

    I think those element symbols are supposed to growing out of her breasts. It would explain why her girls are at 90 degrees from the torso without so much as a bra.

  12. Tim Says:

    I dunno about you guys, but as a male, I like the other cover MUCH better

  13. Tom Noir Says:

    Are these titular (um) ‘girls’ too lazy to name their own planet? “We’ll just call it Planet… 5.”

  14. Jami Says:

    @SI – I also just realized that the phallic ship is – um – well – ejaculating another phallic looking ship, though judging from the vapor trail line it’s cu – coming from a rather odd place.

    So we’ve got a pink girl sprouting what in the 60s will be the typical wall decorations. (Actually I know a go-kart racing place that has something similar on lamp posts in their parking lot that flash different colors.) Wearing a metal lampshade and carrying a smoking spike covered thingie. A Tex Avery style space cowboy. A phallic ship coming out of a phallic ship. (Phaliception?) Tiny orange people looking up giant pink space girl’s skirt. And a whole lotta orange.

    You sure this is a book from the 50s and not someone’s visions while dropping acid?

  15. Anti-Sceptic Says:

    It looks like Tex there was trying to use his psyonic powers on her, but 50 foot tall woman had a machine that could capturer it and redirect the power…..to the moon?

    He’s gonna have a whole world of hurt when she decides to use her spear on him!

  16. A.R.Yngve Says:

    Come on… GINGER aliens? That’s just unbelievable.
    (What’s that? Me, prejudiced against red-haired people? Nooo! Many of my best friends have red hair!)

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