Feb 04

Podcast of MarsClick for larger image

Malcolm Comments: Lookin’ cool with her fairy devil-pig and her giant Master Lock.

Published 1969

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: 7.11 out of 10)

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17 Responses to “Podkayne of Mars”

  1. THX 1139 Says:

    Lock, Jane and Teddy?

  2. Bruce A Munro Says:

    Surprisingly sensible-looking shoes, given the rest of what I can charitably call her outfit. [1]

    [1] A touch porn-y for a 15 year old, but given Heinlein’s nudism fetish, I can’t really say if what’s actually in the book is any better. (Never read it)

  3. GSS ex-noob Says:

    Wasn’t Podkayne, like, 14, and not a giant-eyed slutty-dressed suitable-for-Instagram-stardom? I don’t recall the long bleach blonde hair either.

    I’m also giving whoever was responsible for the cover text a side-eye for two reasons: the “groovy” font, and calling Heinlein “the master of fantasy”, when he mostly wrote science fiction his whole career. Especially up to the point of this printing (it took 6 years to be published in Britain?), and this one in particular being SF. And the misleading Wreath of Approval, implying that this book won the Hugo.

  4. fred Says:

    I do not grok this cover.

  5. Francis Boyle Says:

    “And the thing about Mars, the colour of Mars, your basic Mars colour, is red. Oh, O.K. go with yellow if that’s what you want.”

  6. JRDelirio Says:

    @Bruce A Munro, gotta say, the hi-top Chucks do kind of give the whole assemblage a certain timelessness, from the perspective of 50 years later.

  7. Bibliomancer Says:

    Another sad victim of Martian teenager belly-button frostbite.

  8. drlemaster Says:

    I kind of wish there was a Pod-Kanye of Mars book. The cover model’s clothing would be equally bad, but a completely different aesthetic than this one.

  9. Tat Wood Says:

    She’s waiting for Floyd, Animal and Dr Teeth to show up.

  10. THX 1139 Says:

    @Tat: Don’t forget Zoot.

  11. Raoul Says:

    I would like to congratulate this cover with a Hugo Award Winner Laurel and Hardy handshake

  12. Tat Wood Says:

    @THX: he took the photo. That’s why he needs sunglasses now.

  13. Bruce A Munro Says:

    @Francis Boyle: they end up on Venus in the book, so maybe Venus is yellow. [1] Still a rather lazy background job: she looks like she’s levitating above a flood of
    banana pudding.

    @GSS ex-noob: if the Wikipedia article is correct, the book wasn’t even nominated.

    [1] But if it’s Venus, they couldn’t see the stars, let alone what seems to be a spiral nebula. Science fiction-y!

  14. Tracy Says:

    The little imp she’s carrying is being way too aggressive about suckling at her breast.

  15. A.R.Yngve Says:

    At least she has sensible footwear – many damsels on skiffy covers don’t even get a pair of shoes!

  16. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @Bruce: If you can see bright stars and giant spiral nebulas on Venus in this reality, it can also be made of artificially-colored banana pudding. Although the glow/texture/opacity makes me wonder if it’s either lemon jello or lemon meringue pie filling. Her Chucks might not have been that color originally.

    @Tat: I KNEW she reminded me of someone, and you’ve nailed it. Fer shure.

    I think the little Venusian critter may be the most accurately-depicted thing on the cover, though I don’t recall its color.

    @Tag: do we have a “she’s got legs” tag? Because, she does, and she’s showing them off.

  17. Monty Says:

    @Tag: Not to mention, ‘so much yellow’.

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