Jun 08

More like ... makes a permanent dent in our eyeballsClick for full image

Good Show Sir Comments: Hey taxi! Get me off this cover.

Published 1974

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: 8.60 out of 10)

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26 Responses to “Alien Horizons”

  1. Bibliomancer Says:

    Perhaps it’s volume 2 of a series?

    Alien Hor1zons
    Alien Hori2ons
    Ali3n Horizons
    4lien Horizons
    Alien Horizon5

  2. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    ‘Who gets a woody standing next to a nude lady?’

  3. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    Upon close examination, it seems that the rings of Saturn are running through the clouds in the atmosphere, implying that there is shortly going to be a literally Earth-shattering ka-boom. Yet the two on the cover seem awfully blasé about the situation.

  4. Raoul Says:

    It’s a moon … it’s a planet … it’s Moonsaturn!

  5. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    Now we know what happened to the two folks from The Great Mirror.

  6. Tom Noir Says:

    Looks like he has just figured out that he’s barking up the wrong tree.

  7. Bibliomancer Says:

    @Tom Noir – Arf! Arf!

  8. THX 1138 Says:

    These deodorant ads just get more cryptic…

  9. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    That looks more like E.T.’s torso than a normal gentleman’s.

  10. JuanPaul Says:

    This is what happens when you eat too much quinoa.

  11. JuanPaul Says:

    It sounds like Ray Bradbury has got a Smeagol/Gollum dynamic going on, “it dentses our memories!”

  12. FrankN.Stein Says:

    Naked people trees? Where can I get those???

  13. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    @Frank: They’re impossible to find. It’s not like they grow on…wait…

  14. fred Says:

    This alien horizon looks amazingly like a foreground.

  15. Tat Wood Says:

    A permanent dent in our memories… you spend the rest of your life thinking ‘why did I buy this?’

  16. Francis Boyle Says:

    People have been turning into trees since the ancient Greeks but it took the Seventies to invent turning into purple trees.

  17. Yoss Says:

    Judging by the lack of nipples it’s a safe bet that tree people do not suckle their young.

  18. B. Chiclitz Says:

    @DSWBT (13) 😎

  19. B. Chiclitz Says:

    Dear Tag Wizard,
    It’s been awhile since I have importuned you with any of my many GSS obsessions, but surely this guy deserves a “weird pecs” tag? Not only are there dents in our memories, their are dents in his mammaries! And his left shoulder looks like it was stolen right off of GI Joe and glued on.

    I will make no cracks about her bum, since it has no crack.

  20. Anna T. Says:

    People turning into trees, trees turning into people, or dryads/nature spirits?

    Perhaps the world will never know … unless, if you’ll excuse my skepticism, there’s actually something like this in the book. *derisive snort*

    I know. When does that happen?

  21. Tag Wizard Says:

    Dear BC – Your comment reminds me that this is a “non-papillial person”. I’ll update that tag.

  22. B. Chiclitz Says:

    @TagW—Thanks. I forgot “non-papillial” subsumed “weird pecs” because it sounds a lot more highfalutin’ and fancy and therefore much more appropriate to this massively sophisticated venue.

    In my heart, though, it’ll always be “weird pecs.”

  23. A.R.Yngve Says:

    Before this thread branches off into another endless pun run, let’s leave it be. Cheap puns will only make us seem barking mad.

  24. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    Many years ago, there was a family not too different from your own, or mine. It seemed that, every month since he took his auto license, the son had begged the father for a new car. And yet, the father had refused to commit.

    So, the big 18th birthday came around. All of the generations of the family were gathered around as the father solemnly presented the son with a small box.

    Eagerly, he opened it; and inside was a copy of the Bible.

    Furious, the son cursed his father to his face, told him he never wanted to speak to him again. The next morning saw the son enlisted in the Marines. He went overseas, served his country, came back, got an education, started a career and a family. But he never spoke to his father again. Many times over the years, the father reached out to his son, to no avail.

    One day, not long ago, the son received a letter from a lawyer. His father had passed away quietly in his sleep. In his will, the father had spoken of his sadness at his inability to contact his son. Moreover, the father had left a small token for the son. Would he come and get it?

    Reluctantly, the son drove across the country. He signed some paperwork, then entered the silent house where he had grown up. There, his father’s testament, was the copy of the Bible.

    Finally knowing some sorrow, the son picked up his Bible and opened it.

    Inside, every single ‘Z’ was replaced with a ‘2’.

    Isn’t that so fucked up?

  25. GSS ex-noob Says:

    I got nothin’.

    The guy is more “weird torso”; DSWBT is right that it looks like ET’s. Perhaps becoming en-treed crushed all his ribs and stripped off his nipples.

    Ray’s right; this is going to be a dent in my memories. A hellmouth kinda dent.

    This is a collection of short stories, but I don’t know if tree people with an attacking ringed planet are in it.

    Here’s the back cover — more blurbs!

  26. GSS ex-noob Says:

    Oh, and when I ran the image search, I got this, pics of “Logan’s Run” books (logical), random sci-fi imagery (okay) and the cover of “Your Child and Bullying.”

    Which makes me even more nervous about what this book might do to me. Dents indeed.

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