Oct 02

Zaphod Beeblebrox was my idea first - Roberta HeinleinClick for larger image

Marvin Comments: Is this suitable for two-fer Tuesday?

Published 1951

You might remember this from here.

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: 8.73 out of 10)

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21 Responses to “Universe”

  1. Tat Wood Says:

    Just at a practical level, how does/do Joe-Jim stay so well-groomed? Shaving must be a nightmare..

  2. THX 1139 Says:

    I think we can tell by the facial expressions who the daddy is in that relationship.

  3. Bibliomancer Says:

    @Tat – Joe is the solution to that paradox about the town where the barber shaves everyone who does not shave themselves.

  4. fred Says:

    They have only one course of action. Steal Spock’s brain. No, make that two courses of action. Steal Spock’s brain. Steal more safety pins for their diapers.

  5. Kendall Says:

    Hey, look, it’s triplets on the cover!

  6. Francis Boyle Says:

    Rejected cover for the gay porn parody of HGTTG?

  7. JuanPaul Says:

    @FB, Make one wonder what the seated guy is sporting two of.

  8. B. Chiclitz Says:

    “Hey, somebody the stole the rest of our multi-colored Push Buttons!

  9. fred Says:

    @#8 B. – I think the multi-colored toggle switches decrease the need for multi-colored push buttons.

  10. Raoul Says:

    @BC – They removed the ones that were accidentally blowing up Earth.

  11. Lillie Awesome Says:

    “Gee, Duke Nukem, I don’t know about our plan.”

    “Shaddup, Reagan, and let John Wayne concentrate on landing this sofa, before you gets us all killed.”

    [end scene]

  12. B. Chiclitz Says:

    @Raoul @Lillie Aโ€” ๐Ÿ˜‰ ๐Ÿ˜‰ ๐Ÿ˜‰

  13. Daard23 Says:

    A list of other things lost among the centuries:
    The location of the thermostat

  14. Anna T. Says:

    I have to wonder how the conjoined twins decide which colour of underwear to put on each day, since that’s apparently the only clothes anyone wears on this spaceship.

  15. Yoss Says:

    I’m not sure if any of those guys look concerned enough about all those mysterious centuries of drifting among the stars. Luckily there’s someone who can help!

  16. Tag Wizard Says:

    @Yoss – Bowtieman looks gob-smacked wherever you see him. Good Show Sir!

  17. B. Chiclitz Says:

    Just realized that the next time I’m lost in a giant spaceship drifting for centuries among the stars the most important thing to remember is to keep my Bowie knife sharp and in its underwear scabbard ready for use at any moment.

    P.S. @Yoss 15โ€”brilliant!

  18. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @Yoss: I was so hoping someone would do that. GSS!

    Why is there such a bright light coming from the console? They look like they’re partially blinded. Maybe the loss of the dimmer switch caused the malfunction, someone couldn’t see the correct push buttons/toggles.

    @Tat: There’s got to be a third, entirely separate, person involved, who does the middle halves while Joe and Jim lean their heads as far apart as possible. Really doesn’t seem worth it. Same with their haircut.

    @Kendall: They’ve had a very limited gene pool all this time. Their family tree no longer forks. Which would explain why the frowning right-hand head, which ought to be identical to the left, in fact looks more like the pilot.

    Possibly some mutation/inbreeding also caused the loss of all body hair below the eyebrows, so no shaving for Joe-Jim. Either that or the ship had an excess of wax which apparently is so good it took off J-J’s nipples. “non-papillial person”?

    @Lillie: I was thinking a Bush, a Reagan, and maybe a Sinise piloting?

    @Anna: Probably no deciding needed — one pair per person is all that’s left after the centuries. If the trip went on any longer, they’d be down to jock straps, and then…

  19. Bruce A Munro Says:

    Well, at least the artist got Heinlein’s love of near-nudity right.

  20. Francis Boyle Says:


    “You won’t believe what Arthur Dent’s hiding beneath his dressing gown.”

  21. Anti-Sceptic Says:

    “Captain. I seemed to have grown a second head…”

    “Spock…Not now…I…Need to…Think.”

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