Dec 01

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Claude Comments: Alien is doing his Jack of Diamonds impersonation.
Published 1986

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: 8.05 out of 10)

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26 Responses to “Le Livre d’or: James Tiptree”

  1. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    Sci-fi version of Leda Ravished by the Swan meets Poe’s ‘Thou Art The Man’? Yet somehow less than the sum of its parts.

  2. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    ‘Ho, strange fellow and his conjoined twin! Leave your companions and take me to Castle Gumball!’

  3. THX 1138 Says:

    “See, ya can’t do the hokey-cokey like me, can ya?”

  4. Bibliomancer Says:

    In this French edition they translated the pants right off of her.

  5. Ray P Says:

    It has a retro Flash Gordon aspect refracted through Dali and seventies sexploitation. Will this woman end the oppression of the hamster-men?

  6. JuanPaul Says:

    The spaceship pilots took one look at this motley crew and hit the after-burners.

  7. fred Says:

    La Belle Dame sans Culottes hath them in thrall.

  8. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    @JuanPaul: But they didn’t make it far, I’m afraid.

  9. Tat Wood Says:

    I’m trying to work out which Tiptree story this is:

    Love is the Plan, the Plan is Dumb
    The Women’s Clothes Men Don’t See
    And I Awoke and Found Me Here, Standing on my Head with Myself Glued to My Abdomen
    The Streaker Who Wouldn’t Do Awful Things to Rat-Men
    I’ve Got Two Pairs of Armpits But I Love to Play

  10. Bibliomancer Says:

    I can’t rate this. I don’t know how embarrassed I would be reading it on a French bus.

  11. B. Chiclitz Says:

    Bottom Head to Top Head:

    Dude, I don’t know what you’re looking all grumpy about. The view from down here is distinctly less palatable than what you’re seeing. When do we get to flip sides?

  12. B. Chiclitz Says:

    She actually seems to be wearing some sort of gossamer-thin garment. I guess that’s why we don’t need a mouton de la space.

  13. Ray P Says:

    Perhaps she has informed the aquatic interloper that this pool is a woman-only nudist area and he should leave. And take his gopher-slave with him.

  14. Anna T. Says:

    That . . . man . . . is taking a headstand to new and disturbing territory. His cat-person slave is suitably disturbed, as is the underdressed woman.

  15. JuanPaul Says:

    @dswbt Ah, the nudist pilots of Darkover. This cover makes much more sense now…though I still can’t make heads or tails of that two torso alien.

  16. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    The Pushmi-Pullyu’s first wish was to become human. His second wish was for a girlfriend. It’s his third wish that drove things a bit round the bend.

  17. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    Dear Father Christmas,

    I have been very good this year. I did not vote for Donald Trump.

    This year, I would like in my Christmas stocking:

    –a nude woman
    –a cat person
    –an albino Archaeopteryx
    –the King of Thailand, or maybe two
    –a fleet of spermatozeppelins
    –a quiet place to go in the mountains

    And lastly, I think you should know that spending time with fellows named Dancer and Prancer isn’t doing much for your macho image.

    Happy Holidays, DSWBT

  18. Ray P Says:

    Donald Trump is Father Christmas. Everyone gets a self-assembly Mexican-proof wall.

  19. Ray P Says:

    Grab Blitzen by the antlers.

  20. B. Chiclitz Says:

    Not that it matters much, but does anyone actually know the title of this book?

  21. Tag Wizard Says:

    @B. Chiclitz – says it’s a short story collection, French translations. There is a whole series of Le livre d’or de la science-fiction books. Most with righteous covers.

  22. A.R.Yngve Says:

    “You’re it!”

  23. B. Chiclitz Says:

    @Tag W—Thanks. I saw that page. Some of the books have titles, some just the author’s name. Is this any way to market a “Golden Book” series, I ask you?

  24. GSS noob Says:

    As an American of a Certain Age, my thought was “wow, the French versions of Little Golden Books were WAY different from ours…”

  25. Emster Says:

    The game warden is here and those two (uh, three?) city boys have been busted for hunting albino pheasants outta season.

    (Is that the new Ministry o’ Environment office in the background? Fancy!)

  26. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @Emster: I like your concept, but I’m thinking it also might be 2-ish boys being brought in by Warden Sans-Culottes for hunting giant birds and hamster or bear people.

    Of course, neither hamsters nor bears have tails, so maybe it’s a chimera of some sort. The tail looks like it was going for monkey, but the head isn’t. Gerbils don’t have faces like that. Rodents don’t have eyes placed like that. I’m thinking bear-person with monkey tail?

    I’m also thinking it doesn’t have squat to do with the contents. Unless there’s a story I don’t know called “Moreau’s Isle, Moreau’s Isle, Do You Read?”.

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