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Have you been riding around on that all day? Ewww... I'll just walk thanks... or... will I... Yes... yes I will!Click for full UNSHEEPED image

David’s Art Direction: I was up late last night and I’m getting tired, just draw me an alien ostrich on E and a beautiful naked woman. … What do you mean that’s gratuitous? Oh alright, I need sleep, give her a bra then—BUT NO PANTIES!
Published 1977

You might remember this from here.

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: 8.78 out of 10)
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32 Responses to “Virgin Planet”

  1. THX 1138 Says:

    So Space Sheep is Space Merkin now?

  2. SI Says:

    Yep space sheep really does add incredibly to this cover. I tell you, if a lady dropped her pants and you saw that… Oh la la!

  3. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    The treestrich in the background (ostrich at the front, tree at the rear) seems to have its legs crossed…best not to wonder why.

  4. Tat Wood Says:

    ‘Does he face worship, love or death?’ What’s wrong with ‘and’?

    The treestrich is straight out of ‘Yellow Submarine’. The girl’s apparent bra is in fact quotation-marks for a tattoo on her back.

  5. A.R.Yngve Says:

    The artist misinterpreted the title “Virgin Planet” and drew a woman WITH NO GENITALS.

  6. A.R.Yngve Says:

    “He lands! One hopelessly inexperienced sci-fi fan on a planet ruled by women who have absolutely no interest in him whatsoever. Does he face ridicule, indifference… or a total makeover?”
    VIRGIN PLANET

  7. Ewan Says:

    Is this what Nietzsche meant by “gazing into the abyss”?

  8. A.R.Yngve Says:

    This book is almost like a Darwin Award… give it to a guy whose genes you do not want to be carried to the next generation.

  9. L.B. Says:

    The bikini/bra looks like two commas. In other news, the underwear is a question mark.

  10. Phil Says:

    Which one is the “he” in the blurb?

    Since no one else has punned this pun yet, I’ll say that this cover is virgin on the ridiculous.

  11. Joachim Says:

    The ostrich is sporting some tail bling….

  12. fred Says:

    The Zapp Brannigan autobigraphy?

  13. Tom Noir Says:

    “I can totally draw women! I read about them in a book one time.”

  14. Greg M. Says:

    And the book of their leaders spoke thusly:

    ” Thou shalt wander this planet with your hoohah out, but on no accounts are you to show your bubbies.”

  15. FearofMusic Says:

    With the Iggy Pop abdomen, skeletally thin arms…heroin addict? Her right arm is already tied off, so worship or death may depend on his answer to the question..”Did you bring the good stuff? D’ya got it?”

  16. Book Wench Says:

    Saddle. Sore.

  17. Book Wench Says:

    I’m trying very hard not to look at her ostrich. Or the weird creature standing behind her.

  18. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    This is what happens when the artist AND the model are using the same hallucinogenics!

  19. FearofMusic Says:

    With her Iggy Pop-like abdomen and skeletally thin arms, I’m thinking, heroin addict? She has already got her right arm tied off and ready, so the question of worship or death may very well lie in how he answers the question “Did you bring the good stuff? The GOOD s**t…DID YOU?!!”

  20. Tat Wood Says:

    Her left arm belongs to a different person from her right arm. Maybe the bra’s a brace to hold her donated limbs on until the glue dries.

  21. Anti-Sceptic Says:

    “Death by Snoo Snoo!”

  22. Rags Says:

    Does that ostrich have three legs or is it happy to see her?

  23. Green Says:

    The ostrich-alien depilatory went awry leaving the unfortunate gal with partially teleported genitalia. Understandably uncomfortable, she has eschewed clothing for the time being. In the meantime, Dolly the Space Sheep has stepped in until the missing em, parts can be beamed back to their rightful owner.

  24. Tom Noir Says:

    Some anthropologist studying sci-fi geek culture would have a FIELD day with this cover.

  25. Bibliomancer Says:

    On her, the space sheep looks more like some unshaven male genitalia.

  26. fred Says:

    If that bird exists on a diet of nuts it would explain a lot. It does seem to have noticed something in the viewer’s direction.

  27. Mellie M. Says:

    “He lands!”

  28. GSS ex-noob Says:

    This cover is a bit sexier WITH Space Sheep, which is just wrong.

  29. Francis Boyle Says:

    Sorry, Poul. You called your book “Virgin Planet”; what did you think you were going to get.

  30. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @F. Boyle: I think he was maybe expecting the other covers detailed in posting and comments on “You might remember this from here.” Particularly the Spock eyebrow one.

  31. Francis Boyle Says:

    So basically the same thing but with added LSD.

  32. GSS ex-noob Says:

    Poul wouldn’t have approved of the LSD.

    I’d guess he’d have liked Spock eyebrow ladies best, then Baen cover, then pretended this one never happened.

    You know this is bad when the BAEN! cover is better.

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