Mar 07

Danger Will Robinson!Click for full image

Good Show Sir Comments: Our robot hair stylist is now accepting walk-in customers.
Published 1976

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: 7.75 out of 10)

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18 Responses to “Earth Factor X”

  1. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    Earth Factor Greater Than Less Than?

  2. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    ‘One should point out from the outset that the plot makes absolutely no sense whatsoever, or rather, it does in a convoluted Van Vogtian way which is vaguely entertaining but ultimately irritating.’ Thank you, Goodreads!

  3. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    Is that an airborne U-boat in the background?

  4. Tat Wood Says:

    Even after he had his brain implanted in a cyborg, Simon Cowell favoured the high waist look.

  5. Bibliomancer Says:

    These are pretty much all the Goodreads reviews:

    “Horrible. It went at a crawling pace through the first 85% of the book, and at then at the end tried to turn into every aspect of a scifi book, cramming in so much you wondered what the hell happened.”

    “Not one of his better works …”

    “… grade D+ …”

    “The book makes for uncomfortable reading, with its very misogynistic views on the roles and positions of women — mainly as sex objects and things for men to worry about. What story there was was also disjointed and difficult to read. Not recommended.”

    “Earth Factor X is Van Vogt at his worst : obscure, unreadable, uninteresting. ”

    ” … I have no idea what point (if any) van Vogt was trying to make.”

  6. THX 1138 Says:

    Well, this garden won’t tidy up itself.

  7. anon Says:

    Eva Got Van
    Blue Hui pondered literally shitting “Grace scales the C tit”

  8. Perry Armstrong Says:

    “My eyes are up here!”

  9. fred Says:

    Back cover.
    Some heroes.

  10. A.R.Yngve Says:

    But OF COURSE the jury favors the singer with the curviest figure. No matter how well the cyborg sings, it doesn’t have a chance. Bloody favoritism!

  11. B. Chiclitz Says:

    You’d think, with all the super advanced technology and thinking that must have gone into such an impressive robot, they might have included an opposable thumb.

    “Hey, Robot, catch! Oops, missed again, eh big fella?”

  12. Anna T. Says:

    EARTH FACTOR X: The story of how a supermodel, accompanied by her ex-boyfriend’s severed head, must save the world from a sadistic robot hairdresser and flying U-boats! Look for it in your local bookstore today!

  13. B. Chiclitz Says:


    Eva Got Nav

    I think the CPU is located in the severed head. At least she knows where she’s going.

  14. Perry Armstrong Says:

    “Gottle o’ geer, gottle o’ geer.”

  15. A.R.Yngve Says:

    Well, that’s one robot that won’t have to sing “If I Only Had A Brain”…

  16. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    ‘Omigod. Becky, look at her brain. It is so big. She look like one of those robot guy’s girlfriends, but, you know, who understands those robot guys? They only talk to her because she looks like a total Earth Factor, ok?I mean, her brain is just so big, I can’t believe, it’s so round, it’s like out there. I mean–X. Look!’

  17. A.R.Yngve Says:

    I like big brains and I can not lie
    You other brothers can’t deny
    That when a girl walks in with an itty bitty waist
    And a big brain in your face
    You get sprung, want to pull up tough
    ‘Cause you notice that brain was stuffed
    With deep and profoundest learning
    She got books that she can’t stop churning
    Oh baby, I want to get wit’cha
    Take your CT-scan picture
    My geek brothers tried to warn me
    But that brain you got makes (me so horny)

    Baby got brains…

  18. DaveM Says:

    “No humanoid waitress, take that back! I ordered the head of John the Baptist, not Joan! No tip for you!”

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