May 16

Let's Flinx that Pip in the big microwaveClick for larger image

Outis Comments: A valiant attempt to describe an actual scene from the book. Yes, that’a foxlike alien with humanlike hands, then a different one with a beak, plus two perplexed looking humans. An ordinary day in the Humanx Commonwealth.

Published 1977

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: 6.75 out of 10)

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23 Responses to “Bloodhype”

  1. Bruce A Munro Says:

    The big alien looks like an annoyed Muppet monster.

  2. THX 1139 Says:

    I fear someone has made a snide comment about a certain moustache.

  3. Ray P Says:

    Like an encounter in an AD&D game. AC0 5HD. Is that a giant sarcophagus-sunbed behind that the owlbeetleturtle was resting in before interruption?

  4. fred Says:

    Looking at this cover, the rope in that block and tackle has to be made from hemp.

  5. B. Chiclitz Says:

    @Fred—You may be on to something there. From Wikipedia:

    The novel takes its title from a deadly and addictive drug, for which there is no known antidote, which causes instant addiction followed by a long, slow, painful death unless the user continues to take increasingly greater doses.

    Sounds like the experience of being hooked on GSS, only less fun! 😉

  6. Francis Boyle Says:


    I’ve always said the lack of a tardigrade muppet is a disgrace. Visibility for Tardigrade Americans! (Or whatever this guy is.)

  7. JuanPaul Says:

    Her outfit is designed for showing off a tramp-stamp, but I see no tramp-stamp.

  8. B. Chiclitz Says:

    @JP—Speaking of her outfit, I hope moustache man is a good shot, because there’s no way she’s gonna run in those slip-on heeled sandals!

  9. Tor Mented Says:

    Speaking of her outfit, that seems like an awfully small bum for a woman. I wonder if “minidrag” applies to the clothing.

  10. Ray P Says:

    “Why have you brought US here Lassie?”

    The handlebar moustache never really goes away. The stamp could be inlaid gold.

  11. B. Chiclitz Says:

    Thanks to these excellent posts, I keep coming back to this cover. Now I notice what appears to be a spirited game of bocce going on in the background.

  12. Ray P Says:

    The lady looks as if she has come straight from the freestyle gymnastics floorshow at the Peking Olympics. She expects gold. Or Oddjob got to her with his pot of paint.

  13. Ray P Says:

    Owl had changed a good deal since Christopher Robin last saw him. So had Christopher.

  14. GSS ex-noob Says:

    I think we have this one in the xNoob household library. I don’t recall the people being so… colorfully dressed. However, as it would have been purchased by Mr. xn, who was then a young geek, Ms. Gold Mix-a-Lot would have gotten his attention (Although, technically, her butt is not very big).

    (It’s really an entertaining series — don’t let the daft covers put you off.)

    Mr. Sweet always attempts to show actual scenes from the book, which is admirable in a cover artist, but somehow the execution fails.

    @Ray P: Spot on.
    @Francis: now I want one too! Tardigrade Muppet would rule.
    @BC: It’s quite the exciting game, with them all ignoring the odd collection of beings in the foreground. Must be a tie score near the end of the match.

  15. Verylatetotheparty Says:

    “…and you just try putting me, my lady friend or my alien dog in your giant floating microwave oven, I’ll fill you full of-”

    a) lead.
    b) smouldering laser holes.
    c) accelerated subatomic particles.

    I’m unfamiliar with the book so delete as appropriate

  16. Outis Says:

    @GSS: indeed the problem is not with the artist, but with the impossible brief: “humans/aliens meeting, and make it look good”. A headache for anybody, that’s for sure.
    As for the book, I find myself preferring calmer storylines, while in the humanx series people always seem to be facing universe-shattering disasters, and everyone is running around with their hair on fire. Adrenaline ahoy!

  17. Bruce A Munro Says:

    @Outis: I’ve noticed Alan Dean Foster tends to write stories like a D&D game, and you need to have an exciting Encounter of some sort every couple chapters or so. It’s worse in his fantasy novels, but it crops up in his SF as well.

  18. Verylatetotheparty Says:

    @Outis and/or GSSxn: As you have the book, do you know if grumpy muppet faced monster has four eyes? The ‘ears’ look like a second pair of eyes in the enlarged image. It could be ‘alien ears are hard to draw’ but it would fit in with the generous number of limbs – and with tentacle arms, insect(?) legs and a turtle shell with fur on the back, anything’s possible.

    @Bruce: With other authors I assumed that indicated the stories were originally serialised in magazines, that’s just a guess though.

  19. Outis Says:

    @Verylatetotheparty: the cover is indeed correct, Grumpy Alien does have four eyes, two large, two small, and the rest of the body closely follows the author’s specs, so kudos to Mr. Sweet. No spoilers, but in this particular scene the alien is shown to be quite the affable chap: it’s not going to murderize anyone. Yet.

  20. Verylatetotheparty Says:

    @Outis: So it might be grumpy looking with a heart of gold or, given it’s general anatomy, two hearts of gold. And definitely credit due to Darrell Sweet for rising to the challenge.

  21. Monty Says:

    Ceci n’est pas une beak.

  22. A.R.Yngve Says:

    The Lance Armstrong Story

  23. Calyx Says:

    He: “Shall I shoot it?”
    She : “No – I want to ask it what it did with the rest of my clothing.”

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