Aug 11

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Noel Comments: Ever get the feeling that you don’t belong?

Published 1972

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: 6.68 out of 10)

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34 Responses to “Out of the Silent Planet”

  1. Pual Says:

    Is that Jeremy Corbyn?

  2. A.R.Yngve Says:

    “Hey, get your space-pod off the stage, the curtain’s about to go up!”

  3. THX 1138 Says:

    “Gwapple me gwapenuts!”

  4. SI Says:

    “It’s our favourite zoo enclosure, off-the-rails accountant.”

  5. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    ‘Morning. I’d like to buy a small box of the silent planet, please.’

    ‘Sorry, luv, we’re all out of the silent planet. But we’ve got all the star anise you can carry.’

  6. Noel Says:

    @ Pual
    It’s Jeremy Corbyn surrounded by his new shadow cabinet.

  7. Bibliomancer Says:

    That must be a self-portrait of the Unknown Artist. I hear he is out standing in his field.

  8. Tat Wood Says:


  9. fred Says:

    In the audience at a Rick Wakefield after ‘whatever’ kicks in.

  10. Perry Armstrong Says:

    In keeping with the multiple Jeremy Corbyn sightings:

    “Out of the Silent Planet… comes a call for the end of austerity!”

  11. Ray P Says:

    Professor Weston tried to reach Mars and found himself in Kew gardens.

  12. Anti-Sceptic Says:

    No “Behind You!’ tag?

  13. Tag Wizard Says:

    BEHIND YOU! implies there is something threatening to be warned about. Otherwise every book cover has something BEHIND YOU!

  14. Anna T. Says:

    I was under the impression the plants in Kew Gardens were GREEN.

  15. Diego Nunoz Says:

    While I enjoyed looking at the covers, I get the feeling that the person running the site must either hate SF or have only a very superficial knowledge of the genre. For example, there is a cover of a John Carter novel that, yes, is a bad painting.

  16. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    Well, I can’t speak for everyone, obviously, but as for myself, I have a most superficial knowledge of the genre.

  17. Bibliomancer Says:

    Yes, I have inside information that the person running this site DOES hate SF. I have photos of him sitting by the fire reading from his stack of favorite romance novels.

    But do tell me more about this bad painting on a John Carter novel. I find that hard to believe.

  18. B. Chiclitz Says:

    I have learned during my time here that there is an inverse correlation between “knowledge of the genre” and “quality of the post.”

    As in so many things, you’re either on the bus or off the bus.

    Now get yer ass in gear and we’ll trow back some keggers and boilo at the ‘DC or hit the weed like a champ.

  19. Tat Wood Says:

    @B.Chiclitz: “I have learned during my time here that there is an inverse correlation between “knowledge of the genre” and “quality of the post.” ”

    Gee, thanks!

  20. B. Chiclitz Says:

    @TW 19: Welcome, Sir Tat, and thanks for the many fine mots.

    @DSWBT 16: “I am a deeply superficial person.”~~Andy Warhol.

    @B’Mancer 17: Problem with that cover is that it portrays Lynda Carter, in flagrante delicto, I think.

  21. HappyBookworm Says:

    I would normally laugh at a cover like this, but it’s not funny when a bad picture scares people away from an actual masterpiece of literature! This is such a good book! Find a copy with decent art so you can enjoy it without stares.

  22. Colin Larkin Says:

    Believe it or not, I own the original cover artwork of this book. I think its great and it has been valued by a professional in 2009 at £750.00.
    The artist is Phillippe Bernard and it was published by Pan Books in 1975.

  23. Tag Wizard Says:

    @Colin Larkin – Since you are the proud owner of this masterpiece we will take you as the authority on the cover artist. “Unknown Artist” tag has been replaced.

  24. anon Says:

    @Colin Larkin: I hope you’ve placed it in a room that looks exactly like that.

  25. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    @Colin: if I don’t believe you, will the value go up? Or down? 🙂

  26. B. Chiclitz Says:

    Now I’m wondering if the value of the cover art has gone up or down since it was last posted.

  27. Bruce A Munro Says:

    @B. Chiclitz:

    Well, I think it’s like the stock market and fairies: if enough people don’t believe in the picture, it will go into a decline.

    Looks like the Silent Planet needs some work with a noisy weed wacker. IIRC, the setting did have very tall, thin trees, but not so closely packed: as other people have pointed out, it looks more like a fence or theater curtains. Or perhaps an outsized pipe organ.

    As to whether it’s a great book or not, opinions differ; it certainly has some very good and imaginative bits, but there are some brutal attacks on various defenseless straw men. The Wicked Witch of the West should take notes.

  28. fred Says:

    Don’t worry sir, a hideously drawn Tarzan will be along shortly to free you from this predicament.

  29. Bibliomancer Says:

    It does look like Jeremy Corbyn. Doing his impression of Homer disappearing into the bushes.

  30. Tor Mented Says:

    The artist was told to paint a pole vault.

  31. Bruce A Munro Says:

    @Bibliomancer: but he can’t, not without running into the sphere with ports/giant robot head/giant insect head behind him

    @fred: excellent callback!

  32. B. Chiclitz Says:

    Is there a really lame attempt at a joke here having to do with flower bulbs and light bulbs? Is this so obvious no one has mentioned it?

    —Hey, are those tulips?
    —No, they’re 200 watts.

  33. GSS ex-noob Says:

    750 quid for that? The art world really is out of kilter.

    That’s either a theatre curtain or an extreme closeup of corrugated cardboard. And either way, it’s backing up a very wee Corbyn, who’s had a very bad week indeed and is now in a terrarium full of succulents. Or, as our much-missed pal DSWBT opined, star anise.

    @Tor: GSS!

  34. Calyx Says:

    And they’re really using sticks of aniseed-flavoured rock as a background?

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