Dec 04

Heisenberg is uncertain about this coverClick for larger image

Good Show Sir Comments: I’m a live cat and a dead Schrödinger. I’m a paradox!

Published 1979

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: 8.82 out of 10)

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33 Responses to “The Universe Next Door”

  1. THX 1138 Says:

    I thought it was dogs that were supposed to look like their owners?

  2. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    Who the hell was Robert Anton Wilson Schrödinger?

  3. Tom Noir Says:

    No need to bell this cat, that face will scare the birds away.

  4. fred Says:

    So in the this particular universe next door Schrodingers Cat is on a paperback cover and not in a box. If this was a BAEN cover he would be tattooed onto some part of a female Space Marine.

  5. JuanPaul Says:

    Definitely locking that cat out the bedroom during sex.

  6. Bibliomancer Says:

    If Andre Norton wrote this it would be Schrödinger’s Ka’at.

  7. B. Chiclitz Says:

    Cover art by Illuminati, LLC.

  8. Raoul Says:

    HELP ME!

  9. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    @Raoul: NO.

  10. B. Chiclitz Says:


  11. Anna T. Says:

    The mad scientist’s experiments greatly displeased his cat, as the cat had been left with an inferior human nose, dampening his sense of smell.

  12. B. Chiclitz Says:

    I think the cat has the same hair stylist as
    this guy. Hey, maybe just a little more gel next time?

  13. Tat Wood Says:

    Moggy decided to move from burglary to bank-jobs and bought a Hallowe’en mask for the hold-up. ‘No-one will know it’s me’ he purred.

  14. B. Chiclitz Says:

    Kudos to you, Tat Wood, for spelling “Hallowe’en” correctly. I love that apostrophe, but nobody uses it anymore (at least over here, illiterate upstarts that we are).

  15. Tor Mented Says:

    I think the artist got into the Schrodinger’s catnip.

  16. Tor Mented Says:

    Lost: One gray and white domestic shorthair, answers to the name of WTF.

  17. Daard Says:

    Well, now I know why Schrodinger left his cat in a box and never opened it up to look at it.

  18. B. Chiclitz Says:

    Apologies to TSE—

    The naming of cats is a difficult matter
    It isn’t just one of your holiday games
    You may think at first I’m as mad as a hatter
    But if so it’s because I’ve read too many BAENS.

    First there’s the name that the editor uses
    Like “Balzan,” (not Tarzan) or the cats on the cover
    Attacking the train in Mountains of Madness
    (Attacking a train is a hallmark of Baen).

    Gender-blurred Man-kzin freaks out his/her readers
    As old Larry Niven just cashes his checks
    There are fancier names if you think they sound sweeter
    That THE CAT HIMSELF KNOWS, and will never confess.

    When you notice a cat in profound meditation,
    The reason, I tell you, is always the same:
    His mind is engaged in a rapt contemplation
    Of the thought, of the thought, of the thought of his name:
    His ineffable effable

    Name, now a Trademark of Baen®!

  19. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    See, here’s the wonderful thing: I come up with a half-baked idea for a joke, decide NOT to post it on the assumption that someone will do better, and up steps BC to bat. 🙂 Good show, sir!

  20. B. Chiclitz Says:

    @DeadStuffWBT—Sir, Good Sir, you are verily the inspiration for most of my postings. This may not be a good thing for the rest of the site, but so it be. 😉

  21. fred Says:

    I want to know the repercussions this cat has on alt/universe Jefferson Airplane.

  22. GSS ex-noob Says:

    I bought this book when it came out!

    Rather, my mother bought it for me when I tossed it into the shopping cart and her reaction was… well. Yes. I cringed and agreed but said it was a good book nonetheless. You think it’d be embarrassing to read on a bus, imagine being a teenager in the grocery checkout line and trying to convince your mother to pony up for this. Followed by the WTF reaction from the checkout lady.

    Oh, yes, I have HISTORY with this book, that I remember this decades later.

    IIRC, it was worth the mild derision, though I couldn’t look at the cover as it weirded me out more than the content — think I stuck something over moggy’s person-face.

    I’ve just now noticed that while it only uses one font on the cover (huzzah), it’s damn wordy with it.

    @Tor: heh.

    @BC: standing ovation

  23. Tag Wizard Says:

    I was all set to add a “facebook” tag. But then I remembered the seldom-used “animals with faces”!

    @GSSXN – Glad we could help you recall those delightful WTF memories from childhood 🙂

  24. Longtime_Lurker Says:

    [email protected]: *very* Good Show sir!.

  25. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @TW: I probably hadn’t thought of that since 1979, but there it was, a flashbulb memory all at once.

    Thanks, Janet Belden Beyda, for the cringe in two different millennia.

    Just checked the shelves; while I have other books of the same vintage and purchase location, I don’t still have this one. Apparently it wasn’t THAT good, or else the cover sufficiently weirded me out that I must have traded it in during the early 80’s in favor of 1/4 of a different book.

  26. Hammy Says:

    @BC (#18):

    I tip my brown-and-white plaid Trilby to you! As others have said, *very* Good Show, Sir! Well-played, well-played.

  27. B. Chiclitz Says:

    @Hammy—that sounds like a very cool hat.

  28. GSS ex-noob Says:

    New tag line for this site:


    Relive traumas from 40 years ago!

  29. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    Why is kitty wearing a metal butt-plug at her collar?

  30. Tat Wood Says:

    @Dead Stuff (39): because she can’t carry it around with her paws.

  31. GSS ex-noob Says:

    And s/he certainly wouldn’t want it in his/her teeth.

  32. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    New tagline for this site:



  33. B. Chiclitz Says:

    @29-32—Beautiful riff. First class for teamwork. Brilliant. Rimshots (as it were) all around! 😉

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