Oct 17

Formerly: Ludes in SpaceClick for larger image

Bibliomancer Comments: He’s obviously suffering from Ren & Stimpy Space Madness.

Published 1961

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: 8.57 out of 10)

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20 Responses to “Master of Space”

  1. THX 1139 Says:

    Washing Machine of Space.

  2. Francis Boyle Says:

    So this novel’s about our US astronaut from America who is an American citizen of the United States?

    No? Oh well, at least the illustration accurately depicts the effects of the vomit comet.

  3. JuanPaul Says:

    Major Tom forgot to take his protein pills.

    Edit:@Bibliomamcer, thank you for the Ren and Stimpy reference!

  4. B. Chiclitz Says:

    Oscar Liebman, Master of the Crayon.

  5. Raoul Says:

    Whoa, dude. Lighten up on the eyeshadow.

  6. Bibliomancer Says:

    @Raoul – Raccoons in Space

  7. Lillie Awesome Says:

    Personally, I’m impressed that the leap from Prelude to Space to Master of Space was so short and direct. Perhaps this whole rocket science thing is less daunting than we’ve been led to believe.

  8. fred Says:

    This is what happens when you attempt to do the Kessel Run in under 12 parsecs.

  9. Bibliomancer Says:

    @B. Chiclitz – Tip of the hat to Liebman for actually signing this hot mess.

  10. B. Chiclitz Says:

    @Lillie A—Wait a minute, you’re saying Prelude to Space was the former title of this novel? I thought it was the former title of the New York Times.

  11. Tor Mented Says:

    In space, no one can hear you blortch.

  12. Anna T. Says:

    Either “fiction” is supposed to be crossed out to confuse the average reader, or someone vandalized the cover.

    Is it semi-disturbing, how hard it is to tell?

  13. Bruce A Munro Says:

    “”Prelude to space?” Sounds boring. Let’s pulp it up – maybe something like “Space Master” or “Master of Space.” And the cover is boring too – (not to mention the artist isn’t cheap) – let’s go with one of those “surreal” covers that are big now. Oh, and write a blurb that emphasizes the US space program – too many poncy Brits in the story.”

  14. GSS ex-noob Says:


    Apparently he’s being sucked into a black hole, thus the distortion. And time’s slowed down; we’re still seeing his agonized zombie face 57 years later.

    It could be worse (or at least as bad). The 1976 printing ought to be titled “Dildos to Space”, and the German ones are “V2’s to London Space”. All the post-1969 ones bear no resemblance to what spaceships look like, and the 1980 British one reads “ARTHUR C. PRELUDE TO CLARKE SPACE”.

    Another book that never had a good cover.

    OMG, the Italian one has moon kangaroos.

  15. L.B. Says:

    Master of Space; unpleasant face. Such a disgrace!

  16. Anti-Sceptic Says:

    Editor: “Let’s cross out the word “fiction’, then everyone will think that this is real science book. They’ll probably even order some as text books for college.”

  17. A.R.Yngve Says:

    Zombie Master of Space

  18. A.R.Yngve Says:

    Edward Munch’s only known skiffy cover.

  19. Tat Wood Says:

    @ARY: well, he apparently has no mouth…

  20. Bruce A Munro Says:

    “Astronaut’s Log: day 1,078 since leaving Earth: day 712 since running out of coffee. “

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