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Feb 03

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Mrs Brown’s Boy Comments: “I’ll be back after you’re dead to investigate this murder.”

Published 1951

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: 6.60 out of 10)
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19 Responses to “John Carstairs: Space Detective”

  1. THX 1139 Says:

    Monty Don isn’t messing about anymore: take a gun to those weeds!

  2. Francis Boyle Says:

    “That’s what we like: good, wholesome, modestly dressed heroes, and damsels-in-distress. Even our tentacle monsters have the decency to keep their suckers to themselves.” – the publisher, probably

  3. fred Says:

    Inside dust jacket for the hard cover edition. Edward Doty sounds like a perfect Dr Who companion.

    https://www.abebooks.com/first-edition/John-Carstairs-Space-Detective-Frank-Belknap/22530946812/bd#&gid=1&pid=3

  4. THX 1139 Says:

    Captain Zep was where Space Detectives really came into their own, of course.

  5. Paul Smith Says:

    “Feed Me Seymour!”

  6. JuanPaul Says:

    “John! Stop! He’s my hairdresser!”

  7. A.R.Yngve Says:

    JOHN CARSTAIRS, SPACE WEED CONTROL

  8. Bruce A Munro Says:

    JOHN CARSTAIRS AND THE LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS

    I’ve run into Long by way of Lovecraft, but I’ve never heard of this series(?)

    @Mrs. Brown’s Boy: it does really look as if he’s saying “wait a minute, Ma’m, but there’s an even worse monster attack going on behind you!”

  9. daard23 Says:

    Just another day at Monsanto’s R and D labs.
    Monsanto….”We put the Evil in Evolution!”

  10. Bibliomancer Says:

    I can’t decide whether the cover illustrates “Plants Must Slay”, “Plants Must Grow” or “Snapdragon”

    Contents:
    Plants Must Slay (1942) • short story by Frank Belknap Long
    The Hollow World (1945) • novella by Frank Belknap Long
    Wobblies in the Moon (1943) • short story by Frank Belknap Long
    Satellite of Peril (1942) • short story by Frank Belknap Long
    Snapdragon (1941) • short story by Frank Belknap Long
    Plants Must Grow (1941) • short story by Frank Belknap Long

  11. Tor Mented Says:

    Man: “I didn’t expect this when I decided to lead a horticulture class.”
    Woman: “Neither did I. And don’t call me a whore.”

  12. Tat Wood Says:

    It;s the future – he’s got a maroon velour leisure suit. It can’t be any earlier than 1983.

    Which means her hair isn’t being blown by the wind, it’s sprayed to look like that all the time.

  13. Bruce A Munro Says:

    @Bibliomancer – fooled you! It’s “Wobblies in the Moon.” They’re Green Reds.

  14. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @Francis: Although she’s wearing a sleeveless dress, the hussy. Probably attracted the monster. It’s even the same color as the critter. Maybe it thought she was one of them. John must be overheated in his clothes.

  15. Francis Boyle Says:

    Thank goodness for that tentacle. It hides her – gasp – elbow!

  16. Bibliomancer Says:

    @Bruce – A case can also be made that this is a “Satellite of Peril”. Even the houseplants are out to get you.

  17. GSS ex-noob Says:

    I know early SF was formulaic to a degree that even today’s doesn’t match, so hang on a second — could the cover illustrate ALL of the stories? They all feature John dealing with overgrown menacing foliage?

    @fred: Doty might be too unrealistic for a sci-fi show. Although (checking Wiki) by the time he had the 9 children and endless court cases against the in-laws, running away with a madwoman in a blue box to fight against evil houseplants would probably sound good. They did a swell job with King James VI/I so I’d like to see it.

  18. Bruce A Munro Says:

    @GSS ex-noob: well, he _is_ a botanist. Maybe, like Ace Ventura, he specializes.

  19. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @Bruce: fair point. Lucky for him he lives in a universe full of evil plants, and vice versa.

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