Apr 19

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Good Show Sir Comments: Invading Earth by thought control? Get in line behind the Angry Espers, Psionic Menaces and Communipaths.

Published 1953

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: 5.44 out of 10)

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21 Responses to “Planet of the Dreamers”

  1. Mark E Says:

    When the main selling point for your novel is that it is “The Complete Book” you know you have marketing issues. I’ve always assumed it was a minimum expectation that entire pages wouldn’t be missing.

  2. Tat Wood Says:

    This is one of those 50s spaceships without an engine. In the days before NASA there must have been some smooth-talking spaceship salesmen.

  3. fred Says:

    Original title was ‘Wine Of The Dreamers’.
    Back cover.
    German language version. WTF.

    I hope the rope isn’t how you get in and out of yon spaceship.

  4. THX 1138 Says:

    You’re never alone with a Strand. Although you may have to walk half a mile away from everyone else so they won’t breathe second hand smoke.

  5. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    Goodness, it’s ‘the complete book’! I bought the incomplete book, which only made it as far as the fellow lighting up his cigarette in the high-oxygen environment…did anything important happen after that?

  6. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    Er, lower right corner. Does that gentleman have a petrol pump perched on his penis?

  7. Bibliomancer Says:

    Good thing he brought a 100-foot coil of rope. An astronaut should always carry plenty of rope. Just in case.

  8. Mark E Says:

    “Inhabitants of another planet invade Earth by thought control” – could have saved themselves the trouble and just become the editor of a tabloid newspaper.

    That’s satire folks!

  9. Anna T. Says:

    Is he covering up his mouth in horror, or lighting a cigarette?

  10. Tat Wood Says:

    @ Anna T: I think he’s musing, with the hand over the mouth to cue the voice-over. Probably something like: it must be an oxygen atmosphere or I couldn’t open my face-plate or light a match. But something’s wrong. Maybe there’s something in the air making me too stupid to blow out the match as it burns my fingers. Perhaps this world’s air contains some kind of gas that makes me spend all my mental effort in thinking this voice-over rather than shouting ‘Ow!’ and letting go of the match. I recall something similar happening to me when I was a boy in Plotline Creek, Iowa, and I tried to impress Betty Lou over a milk-shake at Old Man Bradbury’s drug-store…


    ROD SERLING: Presented for your consideration: John Player, Astronaut and pioneer. He was the first man on Mercury but by no means the first visitor to… the Twilight Zone.

  11. A.R.Yngve Says:

    The Marlboro Man had a short-lived “Smoking On The Final Frontier” campaign, but it bombed.

  12. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    Inhalants of another planet invade Earth by psychological addiction


  13. HappyBookworm Says:

    Clearly this is an astronaut wannabe who stole an old sea-diving costume and is just pretending. Lighting that cigarette sort of gives him away. Maybe the real astronaut is under mind control and is thus unavailable. Is he going to be mad when he wakes up and finds someone took all his rope!

  14. FeârofMusīc Says:

    @happybookworm- Au contrair! This is from the 50s when astronauts were REAL men! A pair of tan work coveralls, a zippy lighter and a pack of Lucky Strikes were all that a manly man requires to do any manly activities. Wear some sissy shiny atmosphere suit? HA! As if. In fact, he wouldn’t even be wearing the open face fishbowl helmet were it not required to demonstrate that he is indeed in space.

    “Oxygen? Who needs oxygen when you have the smooth rich flavor of Lucky Strikes.”

  15. Ray P Says:

    He better not be too full of pioneer spirit.

  16. B. Chiclitz Says:

    That rope is pure hemp, Colorado grade, woven from flowering tops. It’s what he uses to roll those “cigarettes.” That’s how we end up with a planet full of dreamers who actually think you can mount an invasion by thoughts alone.

  17. Bibliomancer Says:

    @ B. Chiclitz – [Mind Blown!]

  18. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    @BC: and a happy 4/20 to you too, sir! 😉

  19. Anna T. Says:

    @Tat Wood: Two thumbs up!

  20. B. Chiclitz Says:

    @B’Mance, @DSWBT—gentlemen, you are kind.

  21. A.R.Yngve Says:

    Cheech and Chong’s Planet?

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