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Kevin Comments: After centuries of being subjected to ridiculous Christmas and Halloween outfits, the feline race finally gets it revenge….in space.
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: 7.77 out of 10)
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34 Responses to “The Long Way Home”

  1. THX 1138 Says:

    Oh come on, this game of Cluedo was impossible! Was there even a card for Mr Catman?

  2. A.R.Yngve Says:

    I dare you to make sense of the cover blurb.

  3. A.R.Yngve Says:

    It got you there in no time at all — but still it was
    A CHORE TO WAIT FOR YOUR LUGGAGE

  4. Phil Says:

    Here, Kitty Kitty!

  5. A.R.Yngve Says:

    It got you there in no time at all — but still it was
    EMBARRASSING TO RIDE THE SEGWAY

  6. Jon Says:

    Wait…so, my cat can breathe in space?!

    I gotta try this. Here kitty kitty…

    Hang on, I just realized that, if the above is true, then my cat can use a gun. I’d better keep an eye on her…

  7. Alessandra Kelley Says:

    According to http://www.sfreviews.net/longwayhome.html this book is kind of cheeseball. “Hoary clichés” is actually the phrase used.

    I guess this is the sort of assignment Michael Whelan got early in his career. Definitely not one of his best, but oh, man, the subject matter.

  8. Pat Says:

    If I remember rightly the cover blurb refers to the apparently instantaneous jumps of many light years for the crew which only pass at lightspeed for the rest of the Universe.

  9. Pat Says:

    Alessandra, Whelan is being a bit unfair in saying “Nowadays we’re far too sophisticated for the premise of a society run by a computer because computers can allegedly be perfectly objective and fair”. After all, we let computers run our financial markets. He was right that it is entertaining, Anderson almost always is.

  10. Alessandra Kelley Says:

    @Pat: Sorry for being confusing.

    The essay is by Thomas M. Wagner.

    The cover art is by Michael Whelan.

  11. Yoss Says:

    First contact between humans and the cat people had been quite encouraging. They even grudgingly accepted our keeping of primitive felines as pets. Then it happened…. They discovered the existence of lolcats and the prospect of peace became impossible.

  12. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    It got you there in no time at all, but still it was a poorly painted gun in the dead fellow’s hand!

  13. Phil Says:

    Alessandra: HAIRY clichés, I would say!

    P.S. Y’all are reading the title wrong. It’s clearly THE WAY LONG HOME!

  14. Yoss Says:

    It got you there in no time at all — but still it was the most terrifying trip ever on the magic schoolbus.

    It got you there in no time at all — but still it was far too late to have Mr. Fluffernutter neutered.

  15. fred Says:

    A fine kittycentric cover that raises the question – How the hell does that door open?

  16. Tom Noir Says:

    IN UR AIRLOCK, SHOOTIN UR CHIEF SECURITY OFFICER

  17. A.R.Yngve Says:

    How’s THIS for cute, human?
    DAY OF THE LOLCAT

  18. drlemaster Says:

    This always was my favorite Supertramp album cover.

  19. Ian Says:

    Me thinks someone brushed kitties fur backwards! See the angry tail?

  20. Anti-Sceptic Says:

    I can just see the line being spoken in this book: “Get your stinking hands off me you damn dirty cat!”

  21. Anti-Sceptic Says:

    “Let me show you how the show ‘Cats’ should have played out…”

  22. Tom Noir Says:

    Sure, that cat man looks threatening, but in a split second both he and his victim are going to be sucked out into the endless void.

    Unless, of course, the ship is already completely depressurized. In that case, cat man is about to explode.

  23. Noel Says:

    I half expect this when I’m late letting the cat in for breakfast in the morning.

  24. A.R.Yngve Says:

    It got you there in no time at all — but still it was
    NOT FEELING QUITE SAFE RIDING WITH UBER

  25. A.R.Yngve Says:

    It got you there in no time at all — but still it was
    A LONG DROP FROM THE PLANE WITH NO PARACHUTE

  26. B. Chiclitz Says:

    It got you there in no time at all—but still it was mortifying to be seen with it during the ride.

  27. anon Says:

    It got you there in no time at all — but the kilometers upon kilometers of driveway under the windows was ridiculous:
    THE WAY LONG HOME

  28. anon Says:

    “Hoomans! Come look what the cat dragged in!”

  29. A.R.Yngve Says:

    It got you there in no time at all — but still it was
    SLOWER THAN THE SPEED OF AN INTERNET RUMOR

  30. Jon K Says:

    It got you there in no time at all — but still it was
    REALLY PAINFUL WITHOUT A SADDLE

  31. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    It got you there in no time at all — but still it was
    LIKE MEETING MUM’S BOYFRIEND

  32. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    “Ain’t NOBODY gonna mess with my sister!”

  33. A.R.Yngve Says:

    It got you there in no time at all — but still it was
    HORRIBLE WHEN TRUMP GOT YOU THERE WITH HIS SMALL HANDS

  34. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @ARY: Are you suggesting this is the true or future form of The Hair? Come to take justified revenge.

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