Sep 18

Watch out little lady. He's swingin' a big pair of brass ones.Click for larger image

Justin Comments: I was inspired to send this in by “The Berkley Showcase” last week. I think the covers on John Silbersack’s sci-fi books has been sadly underrepresented on your site.

Published 1983

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: 7.69 out of 10)

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21 Responses to “Rogers’ Rangers”

  1. A.R.Yngve Says:

    Note to publishers:
    “Based On An Outline By…” is the lamest sales pitch in the known Universe — easily beating “This Author Is Only A Teenager” and “First Publication Anywhere” to the top spot.

    Why not just say: “We couldn’t pay Big Name Author enough to turn the outline into a whole book”?

  2. THX 1138 Says:

    “Rogers Rangers” – does he, now?

  3. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    I’m all for supporting the differently-abled, but I think this fellow with no feet needs more support when his firearm recoils.

  4. Bibliomancer Says:

    Hey Tag Wizard, I see a trio of ridiculous hats here.
    Is that a hat trick of hats?

  5. fred Says:

    No Vultan. Why is Buck Rogers wearing riding breeches?

  6. B. Chiclitz Says:

    @Bibliomancer—not only is his ridiculous hat equipped with a doorknob on top, but it seems his reflective visor is fixed over his forehead. To protect his frontal lobes from gamma ray bursts, perhaps?

  7. B. Chiclitz Says:

    Does the “R” on his belt buckle stand for Roger, Ranger or Randy?

  8. Ray P Says:

    Rogers looks his chronological age. Modelled on Clint Eastwood? Or Jack Palance.

  9. Raoul Says:

    Who Framed Rogers Rangers?

  10. Anna T. Says:

    So, I guess the uniform for these rangers is a white hat with a knob on top and white gloves with flared cuffs?

    I also assume that this is a galaxy where women usually only wear bathing suits – or less. There are a lot of places like that on this website.

  11. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    “My girlfriend toe-kicked me in the small of my back and now I’m in a boobs-n-butt pose.”


  12. Tat Wood Says:

    It sounds like an 80s Saturday morning cartoon, with tricky lyrics because of the possessive apostrophe on a name ending with S.

    I wonder if the theme would be as good as this

  13. Ray P Says:

    By his exploding balls of fire.

  14. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    @Tat: just put the name in the refrain, make it rhyme with itself:

    Rogers’ Rangers!
    Dressed in only pastel hue
    Rogers’ Rangers!
    Whoever you are, we’ll explode YOU!

  15. B. Chiclitz Says:

    @Tat Wood—I’ve been musing on “Rogers’s Rangers” since I saw this cover this morning. “Rogers’s” is pronounced with three syllables, of course; “babes’s” with two.

    Rogers’s Rangers be headed for danger
    but babes’s swim suits make everything cute.

  16. Tat Wood Says:

    @B.Chiclitz: I saw that and in my head it came out with the tune of the ‘My Little Pony’ adverts.

  17. B. Chiclitz Says:

    @Tat W—oh, that will work, that will work! Just to make sure I watched a video of the song. As soon as I stop going blind and deaf, I will write another post.

  18. GSS ex-noob Says:

    So this is the sequel to “Mordred”, which we saw here?

    The sequel to the sequel based on the outline based on the novel!

    I swear the smaller ‘splosion up left is one of their hats being used as target practice by someone not appearing in this art.

    Buck’s rifle use is just wrong. As are his jodhpurs.

    Another entry in the “Feet Are Hard To Draw” sweepstakes.

    I am baffled by the curtain tassels on the damsel’s bikini.

  19. B. Chiclitz Says:

    I am baffled by the curtain tassels on the damsel’s bikini.

    –a modicum of modesty?
    –extra support for the holster belt?

    I am more baffled by those shoes, particularly trying to figure out where the left one actually is.

  20. Sean Says:

    No, this is the third sequel to “Mordred”. From what I remember, Jerry Pournelle was given permission by Philip Francis Nowlan, the author of “Armageddon 2419 AD” to produce sequels to it; he and Larry Niven wrote up outlines, which were jobbed off to other authors, John Eric Holmes writing “Mordred”, then Richard S. McEnroe writing “Warrior’s Blood” and “Warrior’s World, and finally John Silbersack writing “Roger’s Rangers”. Working from memory — it’s been years since I read them — “Mordred” was decently done, extrapolating solidly from the events of “Armageddon 2419 AD”, with the titular character being Buck Rogers’ bastard son from his dalliance with a Han princess after his capture in (IIRC) Nu-Yok (hence the Arthurian allusion). The next two were less connected to the original, but derived their plot from the events of “Mordred”. “Roger’s Rangers”, however, went off the deep end, having been set up from the previous books but going off widely from their plotlines. Far and away the weakest of the sequels.

  21. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @Sean: Did Nowlan ever sue the hell out of Pournelle for jobbing off the whole project to other people? Or did he sign a bad contract that allowed for that?

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