Apr 29

... waking up in heaven after the heart attackClick for larger image

Outis Comments: One of my Silverberg favourites, which again shows why one should never judge a book by its cover. If you like your world-building atmospheric and sexy, try this one!

Published 1978

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: 7.29 out of 10)

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18 Responses to “Downward to the Earth”

  1. THX 1139 Says:

    “And then you go and spoil it all by saying something stupid like – ”


  2. fred Says:

    Trunks or legs?

  3. B. Chiclitz Says:

    “Don’t be upset, doc. I’ve just lost a filling but I have no idea which tooth so I need you to check me out. By the way, just clamp that nitrous hose over this appendage here, OK?”

  4. Tom Noir Says:

    That is the second ugliest elephant I’ve ever seen.

  5. daard23 Says:

    I never said “elephant”! I said the cover art is irrelevant!
    I guess you’ve proved my point.

  6. Outis Says:

    No spoilers, but that’s a pretty accurate depiction of the aliens in the story. There is also a misty place in it, the only extraneous element is therefore the BLARPP!
    Go figure.

  7. GSS ex-noob Says:

    Downward to the earth, pursued by a heffalump.

    I guess maybe the dude could have a dorkier look on his face, but I don’t know how.

  8. THX 1139 Says:

    @GSS x-n: Maybe the guy’s feeling woozle. Er, I mean, woozy.

  9. Bruce A Munro Says:

    That’s a terribly horny elephant.

  10. Bruce A Munro Says:

    @THX 1139: and the flatulence jokes just write themselves, don’t they?

    Is that alien meant to have three trunks? Otherwise it looks like it has two little legs growing right out of its head.

  11. Tracy Says:

    I am puzzled at this depiction because no one suffers a heart attack in the book!

  12. Bibliomancer Says:

    Well it’s your own damn fault elephant. Walking around sporting all that ivory bling. No wonder you’re dead and in heaven.

  13. Bruce A Munro Says:

    Just before the music kicks in:

  14. JuanPaul Says:

    “Queen Cersei! *pant, pant* I hope I’m not to late, but I found you an elephant, sort of.”

  15. Paul Harrison Says:

    It has rather a JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure look to it. Young punk, weird clothes, stand.

  16. anon Says:

    R. Briber Gets Lover

  17. Anti-Sceptic Says:

    So do you want to talk about the elephant in the room?

  18. Calyx Says:

    Can you make other animals with a bead kit? Is it to scale?

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