Jul 26

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Good Show Sir Comments: Two words of tactical advice, Earthman: ZIG and ZAG.

Published 1963

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: 7.07 out of 10)

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22 Responses to “Battle on Venus”

  1. THX 1138 Says:

    “Space frisbee is trickier than it looks!”

  2. Tom Noir Says:

    Twelve-year-old me just said “SOLD!”

  3. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:


  4. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    And I thought that clamping your tyres was a ridiculous punishment. Steve Greenjeans there is about to have his rocket ship buzz-sawed for parking in a no-solid-chemical-booster zone.

  5. Ray P Says:

    Mariner 2 flew past Venus on 14th of December 1962 measuring its surface temperature at 511K to 590K so this book was obsolete on publication.

  6. Ikari Gendo Says:

    He never saw that coming.

  7. Bibliomancer Says:

    This review makes it sound like a very pedestrian novel. And he looks like a very pedestrian spaceman.

    Battle on Venus is another forgettable Ace Double entry. I didn’t have high hopes for it, just a fun adventure yarn of Venusian conflict, but it still managed to fall short. It’s a very standard, very predictable, very by-the-numbers novel. At times it’s so over the top as to be comic without managing to be funny or engaging. I don’t have much more to say about the book because there’s not a whole lot there, and what is there is pretty slapdash.

  8. B. Chiclitz Says:

    “Engineer Vorg, I told you to design a flying saucer, not a rolling saucer!”

  9. B. Chiclitz Says:

    Looks like Mars is lording it over Venus in this photo.

  10. fred Says:

    Venus got BIG pizza.

  11. Tat Wood Says:

    @ Ray P.: I think they also knew that Venus wasn’t a star by then. At least, I hope so.

  12. JuanPaul Says:

    Turn left left and hit it with Magnum!

  13. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    It doesn’t look very much like Venus. For starters, his body is shaped like a normal human’s.

  14. Anna T. Says:

    He’s running away from a giant pizza cutter/buzzsaw in a straight line . . . I have nothing else to say.

  15. Tat Wood Says:

    Is he running or has his shoe got stuck? It barely matters, the giant CD will pass by him a yard to his left.

  16. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    @Tat: in a risky but shrewd defensive manoevre, our hero disrobes completely and thrusts his buttocks against the pizza cutter!

  17. B. Chiclitz Says:

    @DSWBT—a novel use of the idea of “Occam’s Razor.”

  18. Bibliomancer Says:

    @B. Chiclitz – More like “Occam’s Power Saw”

  19. Tat Wood Says:

    I think I know what kind of battle is taking place

  20. Francis Boyle Says:

    The early versions of the new Segway unicycle had a few teething problems.

  21. HappyBookworm Says:

    Font problems? What font problems? Don’t you know a title lifted from Lost in Space when you see it?

  22. A.R.Yngve Says:

    When shop class teachers have nightmares.

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