Mar 29

A writer who is absolutely not incompetent ...Click for full image

Good Show Sir Comments: The original of an all-time Good Show Sir classic. It’s got it all: the fighting lion man, the moon, the photobombing reptile. Everything but the ass.
Published 1973

Of course you remember this cover 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: 8.56 out of 10)

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25 Responses to “Hunters of the Red Moon”

  1. THX 1138 Says:

    A writer of total averageness who should be widelier read. I dunno, this one seems like a cover version.

  2. Jonathan Oliver Says:

    I’m not convinced that ‘absolute competence’ is a complement.

  3. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    Hm, they seem to be more interesting in team killing than hunting that red moon right behind them.

  4. Billy Awesome Says:

    I was going to comment on the absolute competence, but I see it’s been covered, so I’ll just say the giant gold collar has really got to be a -1 on the agility stats.

  5. Ray P Says:

    I’ve gorn off Bradley.

  6. Bibliomancer Says:

    I don’t care what you put on the cover … just be sure to use up all that red paint.

  7. fred Says:

    1) They are a competent looking group of hunters. Check.
    2) The lady is competently included. Check.
    3) They are competently clothed in the proper colored uniform. Check.
    4) The sword is being held in a competent manner. Check.
    5) The hunters quarry is competently not shown, leaving it to the viewers imagination. Check.
    6) The absence of Mr. Sturgeons comment on competence on this cover is totally incompetent. Uncheck.

  8. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    fred’s competent component comment, ladies and gents. 🙂

  9. A.R.Yngve Says:

    The commendable competence of this convergence of comments completely confounds me. Can I conceivably compete with this class of commentary? Color me confused.

  10. Tom Noir Says:

    I don’t want to be assinine, butt I feel that this cover is missing something. I’m not arsing around, I intend to get to the bottom of this.

  11. Anna T. Says:

    Well, the blonde guy clearly passed all his swordfighting classes with top marks . . . except not.

  12. Tat Wood Says:

    We’re all so amused by the damning-with-faint-praise line about ‘competence’ that the other half of Ted Sturgeon’s comment seems like a compliment. ‘Should be more widely read’ refers to her, not us: It’s like saying ‘this reads as if the author has read the complete works of Edgar Rice Burroughs and nothing else, ever’.

  13. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    @Tat: …er, is that a bad thing? I, ah, have this friend who wants to know.

  14. B. Chiclitz Says:

    Regarding the missing anatomy part, I figured the planet in the background was Uranus. That crater certainly looks like it belongs there.

  15. Tat Wood Says:

    @Dead Stuff: I usually recommend to my pupils that if they like something that other people look down on, then they should read some of the more respected stuff so that they can say that they gravitate towards the things they like by choice and not because they don’t know any better.

    I spent my sixth-form days being told that whatever was shortlisted for the Booker Prize was more worth my while than what I was reading. 35 years later not even Julian Rathbone’s immediate family remember that he was well-reviewed but there are scholarly journals about Gene Wolfe and everyone’s at least heard of Philip K Dick.

    Plus, for an author it’s a good move to plagiarise from two sources, only one of which your intended readership has heard of, so you seem original. That tiny sliver of the buying public who know both Gerard de Nerval and Dan Brown (for example) will be amused.

  16. Tat Wood Says:

    @Anna T.: He’s clearly a superb swordsman: he knows he’s on a book-cover and has chosen engarde en quinze, the specific grip for TING.

  17. RachelJ Says:

    Can we have a “backhanded blurb” tag now? Please?

  18. HappyBookworm Says:

    @Anna T. – The only thing stranger than the bizarre sword-grip the blond man has going on is the bizarre spine twist of his opponent. Really look at the way he’s standing and think about how bones work…or not.

    Should I even get into the gravitational problems of a moon being so close to a planet? Are physics quibbles welcome on this forum?

  19. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    @HBw: have at it! Extra points if you do it in limerick form.

  20. B. Chiclitz Says:

    There was a red moon that was hunted
    By hunters whom there had been shunted
    But the gravity well
    Into which they all fell
    Twisted bones into shapes quite unwanted.

  21. Jon K. Says:

    @B. Chiclitz: I surrender. 😉

    My meager writing skills pale in comparison to your mighty abilities; you simply *must* assemble “The Lowliest Cot on Spaceship Xeno” – I concede the field to you. 🙂

  22. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    @BC: more competent than absolutely! Well done! 🙂

  23. Bibliomancer Says:

    @B.Chiclitz – You are the poet laureate. I extend to you this laurel, and hardy handshake.

  24. A.R.Yngve Says:

    B.Chiclitz: Good show, sir. Good show!

  25. B. Chiclitz Says:

    Aw shucks, gang, I owe it all to the inspiration of this website. I know I sound pollyanna-ish and all, but this really is the best *place* on the internets, and the coolest virtual community. As for “The Lowliest Cot on Spaceship Xeno,” I think the nod goes to DSWBT.

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