Oct 19

Back off Earthman, we know nothing about changing nappiesClick for larger image

Good Show Sir Comments: A man, a woman, and a one-way rocket. And that’s how babies are made!

Published 1959

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: 7.75 out of 10)

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29 Responses to “First to the Stars”

  1. THX 1138 Says:

    “It’s OK, I’m just posing for an Athena poster!”

  2. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    I hope the woman isn’t the infant in his arms. Squick!

  3. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    That halo looks a bit out of place.

  4. fred Says:

    The insect people clothing implies some rather unlikely physiology, unless the plot required Harvey Weinstein aliens.

  5. Francis Boyle Says:

    @Dead Stuff With Big Teeth

    You don’t seem to know much about babies: that’s the rocket.

  6. B. Chiclitz Says:

    He may not be the woman, but he’s wearing her skirt.

  7. B. Chiclitz Says:

    So this is the masterpiece that finally got Gordon “The Gord” Dickson coronated—it’s Gordon Rex!

  8. B. Chiclitz Says:

    “Hey guys, put down the ray guns. We’re Praying Mantises, not Fighting Mantises!”

  9. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    @FB: …I suppose I don’t know much about babies!

    /me is AFK, baby [pager:OFF] [birds:BEES]

  10. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    Order a man and a woman to pilot the first space-ship, disregard the fact that they hate each other, overlook some of the terrifying secrets of outer space, and what you get is the basis of one of the most exciting interplanetary adventures ever written.

    Goodness, there can be a worse blurb than “First Book Publication”!

  11. Tat Wood Says:

    @Dead Stuff (10): So the Mantisoids are backing off because they didn’t realise this was a Romcom from 2006. It’s not the baby that grosses them out, it’s Jennifer Aniston.

  12. Bibliomancer Says:

    “Hey aliens, help me out. Are you busy for the next 18 years?”

  13. B. Chiclitz Says:

    @Tat Wood—would that be the legendary Three Bugs and a Baby ? Directed by Leonard Nimoy in order to bring the worlds of sci-fi and romcom together, and a tour de force of thoraxes and cuddles!

  14. Tat Wood Says:

    @B. Chiclitz: it had alternate endings, as I recall, one where the baby ate the bugs, one where they ate the baby and a third where the baby started talking like Bruce Willis.

    All more plausible than ‘Three Men and a Little Lady’ and its idea of Englandland.

  15. Ikari Gendo Says:

    “Hey! Any of you bug guys know how to change a diaper?”

  16. Raoul Says:

    Rex also wrote First on Mars. Is this part of a series? Do they all rhyme?

  17. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:



  18. Tor Mented Says:

    I don’t know where the woman is, but I found the spaceship hiding in plain sight.

  19. Tor Mented Says:

    “We of Earth come to barter a first-born child for your nifty laser pointers.”

  20. Anna T. Says:

    I have to wonder if the aliens are staring at that guy with such revulsion because he’s wearing his loincloth backwards.

  21. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    If you reversed the position of the white family man and the aliens, you would have an accurate depiction of Republican perceptions of American immigration policy.

  22. GSS ex-noob Says:

    A man, check.
    A woman, nope.
    A rocket, okay.
    Trousers, nope, not for any species.
    Baby, unmentioned in blurb, and as everyone else said, we hope that’s not the woman.

    Can’t figure out how the mantisoids get those leotards on. Must be bodysuits and we just can’t see the snaps.

    Must admit that a man with long-ish hair, beard, and baby is remarkably forward-looking for 1959, yay Emsh. To say nothing of the thong.

    The man pictured would later become

  23. Tor Mented Says:

    “These creatures called hu-mans must be wanting in intelligence. He put the diaper on himself instead of the baby.”
    “Yeah. He’s gonna regret that.”

  24. Raoul Says:

    @Tor – Good one! 🙂

  25. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    Brendan never twigged to the fact that Swift’s Modest Proposal was intended as satire.

  26. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    Mantises: “Very well, earth man. We take the baby, you take care of our cephalopod infestation.”

  27. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @DSWBT: And speaking of that cover, the re-creation guest-starring ME will arrive tomorrow!

    I’ll send it to Tag Wizard.

  28. Ray P Says:

    And last to the wardrobe.

  29. JJYoyo Says:

    First to the stars. Last in line at the WC.

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