Apr 20

The dangers of space ship surfing. Click for full image

Frank Comments: “A Startling Story Of Science At War With Alien Life-Forms”, indeed. Don’t just use the rockets to scare it off, climb out on the hull and shoot your hand weapon at its head.
Publishd 1995

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: 7.61 out of 10)

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32 Responses to “The Gods Hate Kansas”

  1. Mark E Says:

    My knowledge of Kansas is…
    1) Dorothy didn’t think she was there anymore
    2) Flat farmland?

    But I am fairly sure that scene ain’t Kansas. Maybe the poor little alien dude is called Kansas. It looks like he is having a bad day.

  2. THX 1138 Says:

    Hell, with autopilot what it is these days all you need to do is land the things.

    Also, this was the basis for the film They Came from Beyond Space, so The Gods Hated the UK too.

  3. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    ‘Earthling! Take me aboard your craft, that I might experience this “hentai” media firsthand!’

    Wasn’t it Kansas that tried to outlaw teaching of Evolution a decade or two ago? Perhaps the title should be The Gods Hate Kansas, But They Hate Darwin More.

  4. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    Nota Bene, the titles top to bottom run

    The Wild, Wild Women
    Savage Bride
    Little Men

    I suppose the men were never able to calm down the women, even within wedlock?

  5. Perry Armstrong Says:

    This is what happens when you fail to have your alien spayed or neutered.

  6. FeârofMusīc Says:

    Having been to Kansas on many occasions I can assure you that the title is true. And having been in Topeka on a Saturday night I can also assure you that most of the locals would welcome a dilemma such as that depicted on the cover. Even poorly depicted

  7. FeârofMusīc Says:

    Indeed indeed. Let’s keep those Nazi references reserved for such deserving fare as “Ass Goblins of Auschwitz”. The cover of which is not upon this site, but c’mon! The mere title almost deserves a spot, deliberate satire or no.

  8. fred Says:

    If you are going to re-enact the giant squid battle from ‘20,000 Leagues Under The Sea’ in outer space, at least throw in a meteor shower.

    The Gods hate Kansas.
    I hate Kansas.
    Therefore I am a God. The God of Kansan Logic.

  9. pookie_wocket Says:

    I think the publisher accidentally added an H in front of ‘ate’ when they were working up the cover.

  10. Tat Wood Says:

    Flushed with the success of ‘Doctor Terror’s House of Horrors’, the same team adapted this for the big screen. Except that Kansas was beyond their budget, so it became Dorset. Which meant that the title had to change to something more… alluring.

    (You don’t need to watch the whole thing, just the gaping gulf between the costly-looking titles and the rest. Or, if you’re patient, the way they wheel on Michael Gough at the end as if he’s the most expensive thing in the film (which he may have been) rather than an explosion or model-effect).

  11. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:


    And it’s illegal.

  12. Mark E Says:

    Can “science” be at war with alien life-forms? Is gravity tag teaming with string theory?

  13. Anna T. Says:

    @fred: Coming soon to theatres . . . Jules Verne’s “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea . . . IN SPACE!”

    Man, Hollywood’s really run out of ideas.

  14. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    @Anna: Actually, you’ll find that a league is 5.5 kilometres. Multiplication gives 110,000 kilometres under the sea…which takes you out about 10 earth diameters, a goodly bit into space indeed.

  15. B. Chiclitz Says:

    Interestingly, the geographic center of the contiguous 48 states of the USA is located in Kansas. If you are ever driving cross-country and feel tempted to stray from I-70, thinking perhaps, “Wow, it would be cool to spend the night in the geographic center of the contiguous 48 states of the USA,” don’t. It won’t be.

  16. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    A Dental Story of Science At War With Alien Lip Ulcers


    A Seed Story of Science At War With Alien Horse Chestnuts


    A Startling Story of Stuff At War With Alien Life-Forms from Sarnath


  17. HappyBookworm Says:

    Just for the record, 20,000 leagues is how far the Nautilus traveled total, cruising around the ocean for months and months, not going straight down.

    That said, I think 20,000 Leagues in Space is a terrific idea. Someone should get right on that script. Just as soon as he/she finishes re-reading Little Men.

  18. Bibliomancer Says:

    Paint-Ball … in space!

  19. Tat Wood Says:

    I’d just like to ask Frank, this photo’s contributor, whether the book was actually levitating in the shop.

  20. Bibliomancer Says:

    @Tat Wood – I think the book was horizontal and Frank was levitating above it.

  21. Perry Armstrong Says:

    Behind every middling sci-fi novel there’s little men.

  22. A.R.Yngve Says:

    Say what you like, but Americans know marketing. “Monarch Books”… a book fit for a king!

    Monarch Books
    Archduke Books
    Galactic Emperor Books
    Supreme Ruler Of the Universe Books
    Moa Ha Haaa! Books

  23. A.R.Yngve Says:

    When in Kansas, never stop to pick up hitchhikers.

  24. B. Chiclitz Says:

    It’s the missing frame from the Zapruder film! Now we know where that mysterious head shot came from.

  25. Anna T. Says:

    @DSWBT: I believe the “20,000 Leagues” part of the title referred to how far they travelled aboard the Nautilus, not how deep she went.

  26. Frank Says:

    @Tat Wood: Friends of the Library book sale. Box of “<$1 paperbacks" on its way to our bargain room. I go through such looking for science fiction because the science fiction section manager wants to see such paperbacks with an eye to finding some for sale in the main room. So this shoot was with the box propped up at a slight angle and the book atop the other old paperbacks. At least I think it was, it's been three or four weeks ago.

  27. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    @Frank: the backdrop does have a certain aesthetic appeal to it. 🙂

  28. Frank Says:

    @DSWBT: That was intended. Lots of other (not science) fiction in there, many with lurid covers.

    E.g.[email protected]/10732090124 is like the cover I recall for “The Wicked, Wicked Women” seen at top of frame.

  29. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    @Frank: your taste is impeccable. These wouldn’t be Kansas women, would they be? 😉

  30. Frank Says:

    @DSWBT: No idea. The young lady from whom I learned this taste is from California but I think grew up in Texas before returning to California.

    We’ve been going through some more books from that particular donation and have lately found several of the Carter Brown mystery series of paperbacks as published by Signet and featuring the cover artwork of Robert McGinniss. Some nice examples of that sort of thing here:[email protected]/sets/72157623002761081/page2

  31. Khaki Says:

    This fantastic cover was, with gratitude and respect to our compatriots at Good Show Sir, discussed on this week’s episode of the Cover My Ass podcast:

    After a hapless astronaut from Kansas commits an intergalactic faux-pas, the offended alien race brings down the wrath of their elder gods that make earth’s great old ones pale by comparison.

  32. Bibliomancer Says:

    @Khaki – Good Show Sir!

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