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Jun 28

Also a time for running away! Ok ok ok... I am really tired today. Best I could come up with. More sleep is calling!Click for full image

Bibliomancer Comments: OK its six of us and five of them. Let’s flip a coin to see who doesn’t get dinner!
Published 1971

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: 7.89 out of 10)
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21 Responses to “Time for the Stars”

  1. THX 1138 Says:

    “This is embarrassing, does anyone remember where we parked the helicopter?”

    It’s OK, I don’t think seahorses are all that dangerous.

  2. A.R.Yngve Says:

    Y’know what I love the most about this cover?
    The signature written in dainty lettering, just below the human characters:

    “savage”

  3. Tom Noir Says:

    Ah yes, another overlooked classic from Roberta Heinlein.

  4. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    They don’t seem ravenous so much as quite irritated.

    ‘What have you done with our incubator? Our lovely yellow incubator with the breathing holes in it? Have you set it adrift? How DARE you!’

  5. Tom Hering Says:

    For their fishing vacation to a world of giants, the Earthmen knew they would need a bobber as big as an oil drilling platform. But they never could have guessed that their TIME FOR THE STARS would become their last moment when the bait they were using decided to turn on them!

  6. Jaouad Says:

    Men: “WE get to ride the yellow ball!”

    Worms: “No, WE do!

    Men: “But YOU get to fly the toy helicopter!”

    Worms: “No fair! We can’t fly the toy helicopter, we don’t have limbs!”

    Men: “Tough. This is Heinlein. No such thing as a free lunch etc.”

    Worms: “There is now.”

  7. fred Says:

    Roller derby uniforms minus the skates.

  8. Adam Roberts Says:

    “Let’s flip a coin to see who doesn’t get dinner!” — Bibliomancer, let me ask you this: they will flip a coin … how, exactly?

  9. random Donna Says:

    It’s a sestet of Cecils the Seasick Sea Serpents. In space!

  10. Bibliomancer Says:

    @Adam Roberts. And it would have to be a six-sided coin. Forget it, just flip the lily pad and they can all start eating.

  11. B. Chiclitz Says:

    One of those less-than-superb Heinlein blurbs that use “which” instead of “that” and have far too many nouns and clauses.

    I wanted to make the Roberta joke but @Tom Noir 3 beat me to it—GSS! But then I could have referred to the blurb writer as a Roberta Flack!

  12. Tat Wood Says:

    @B.Chiclitz: the ;which’ may be right if the author thinks there are superb Heinlein stories that lack all those attributes.

    I’m more curious about why the pink snakes are ignoring the big yellow ball.

  13. random Donna Says:

    While reading back through the archives, I came across the entry for Heinlein’s The Star Beast: http://www.goodshowsir.co.uk/2010/04/the-star-beast/ . Same publisher, same price, same “savage” cover artist as this book, so probably similar publishing dates. Is this part of a series, or are these two stories related in some way? Seems like too many parallel design elements for coincidence (or unimaginative art direction).

  14. Tom Hering Says:

    @ random Donna, you’ll find all eight of Savage’s 1970 Ace Heinlein covers here: http://www.isfdb.org/cgi-bin/ea.cgi?26295

    I think they all have a charm appropriate to Heinlein’s juveniles from the 1950s, which wouldn’t work for his seniles of the 1960s and later.

  15. FeàrofMusıc Says:

    “I told you to listen! What did it say in the Interstellar Edition Michelin’s guide? Hmm? ‘Avoid the local cuisine! That’s what it said! ‘Improper cooking puts diners at risk of parasites. But no! Mr.’I want to experience the culture’ knows better than the experts. And now look what we have! Tapeworms! “

  16. Stevie T Says:

    Pink Serpent No.1: “What do you think they are?”

    Pink Serpent No. 2: “No idea, they look like larvae.”

    PS No.1: “What should we do with them?”

    PS No. 3: “Hit ’em with a rock!”

    PS No. 2: “Then we can eat them!”

    (With apologies to Galaxy Quest)

  17. Anti-Sceptic Says:

    worms: Ok, which one of you guys was picking on Shorty over there?

  18. Tom Noir Says:

    Men in skin tight clothes are menaced by pink worm things near a large, spherical object. Any decent Freudian analyst would have had a field day with this one.

  19. anon Says:

    Have you guys seen our hovercraft?

  20. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    Time for the Stars…published under the alternative title Nighttime.

  21. anon Says:

    Abe Cook
    Ole Brain in There
    Strange anger at sin hour of Ratland
    START OF THE MISER
    “Author has perfected the rational solution to erase the urban human excrement in cities and in Chad. Why yip ivy bin? Enjoy a white reading!” — Troy Knew Imes

    BTW, “pace”?

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