Mar 13

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Tracy Comments: Behold the Spaceman returned from the stars! Ooops, I forgot my pants.

Published 1977

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: 5.89 out of 10)

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15 Responses to “The Star Diaries”

  1. Bibliomancer Says:

    Looks like he’s freeballin’ it.

  2. fred Says:

    This ‘and more.’ master thing has me intrigued. Legos? Kung-fu? The Mystic Arts?

  3. JuanPaul Says:

    @fred Well, the artist is clearly a master of one point perspective.

  4. THX 1138 Says:

    This is one of those talent shows, isn’t it?

  5. Tat Wood Says:

    Ralph Reader’s Gang-Show goes Vegas.

    This must be from the closing number, “Ging-Gang-Goolie’

  6. Anna T. Says:

    “I really enjoyed their latest music video – except for the astronaut in shorts. I wonder, did the costume designer forget the rest of the suit, or something?”

  7. FrankN.Stein Says:

    To be fair…. Forgetting his pants in space sounds quite like the main character of the book….:)

  8. dangermom Says:

    Astronaut on top, German PE teacher below!

  9. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    13 March 20XX

    Dear Star Diary,

    OMG such a scene at the school!!! Stan was driving his dad’s Mercedes like a TOTAL SHOW-OFF, and he parks it by the runway, and he’s standing around all like Aren’t I just God’s gift to girls, and he’s wearing short-shorts too cold for the weather, and you could see his blue balls!!! What a loser!!! I don’t know why he doesn’t show his face, he’s kinda cute (but not in that way!!!) And then in Blurb class Mr. Times is all A Master of Science Fiction and More One of the Deep Siprits of the Age, and I’m like, Okay, I’ll hand it in on Tuesday, and he’s all AVON and I’m all AV-OFF!!! Big laffs from the other gals.

  10. JuanPaul Says:

    Steve Irwin’s great great grandson learns from his ancestors and always wears a protective vest.

  11. Raoul Says:

    @dswbt – Good Show Sir! 🙂

  12. Ray P Says:

    The Angry Espers face their greatest foe – Psychic Scout-master. He has a bad case of blue balls.

  13. JuanPaul Says:

    Apparently their spaceship engineering software never evolved beyond extrude, revolve, and Boolean.

  14. Hammy Says:

    Actually, Mr. Stein @7 is correct. In one of Ijon Tichy’s voyages in “The Star Diaries”, if I remember correctly, Ijon is supposed to go to a top-secret meeting but is scrambling to make it on time because his servant robot has gone mad and is drinking up all the lubricating oil and misplacing everything (stationery in the refrigerator, etc.) – and in fact has sent *all* of Ijon’s pants to the cleaners. This forces Tichy to put on his spacesuit so he can go to the store to buy pants.

    Of course, this doesn’t explain why the astronaut on the cover

    1. has the spacesuit on his torso, but is wearing his boxers below.
    2. is starring in “The Busby Berkley Follies of 2518”, complete with big-finale stairs, and
    3. parked his spaceship/jet (with superfluous jet air intake? on the front) on-stage, instead of discreetly in the actors’ parking lot out back, and
    4. why the jet’s tail (too small do really do anything) is above what looks like the intake to the jet engine and not at the other end….

  15. A.R.Yngve Says:

    This cover projects a very strong “1970s children’s television show” vibe…

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