Mar 04

Russia shows how to bring the Ting!Click for larger image

Good Show Sir Comments: Black cat photobomb!

Russian translation of Heinlein’s “The Door Into Summer”.
Thanks to Alex for sending this in.

Published 1990

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: 8.80 out of 10)

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18 Responses to “Дверь в лето”

  1. fred Says:

    The nightmare comes on smelly cat breath.

  2. THX 1139 Says:

    Just be glad cats can’t open cans.

  3. Verylatetotheparty Says:


  4. JuanPaul Says:

    What’s the matter? Cat got your ting?

  5. Lillie Awesome Says:

    дверь в плоское пространство, more like.

  6. Bruce A Munro Says:

    Evoking the discarded draft of the story in which the hero is accompanied into the future by the murderous ghost of his abandoned cat.

  7. A.R.Yngve Says:

    Yuri Gagarin’s first mission almost ended in disaster until he chucked that darned cat into space. The Soviet government covered up the event.

  8. Bibliomancer Says:

    Cool interior illustrations from this edition here:

    Also note: “The book was published at the expense of the author of the translation and on his initiative.” So I guess the Heinlein estate shouldn’t be expecting a Russian royalty check.

  9. NomadUK Says:

    In Soviet Schrödinger’s paradox, cat checks on you.

  10. B. Chiclitz Says:

    I’m struck by the prominence of nostrils—both human and feline—on this cover. Perhaps a specialty of Russian UAI?

  11. Ray P Says:

    Solaris would be scarier if this cat showed up in it. “And you, you little sh!thead, you are staying here.”

  12. Tat Wood Says:

    Is it wrong that all I can think of is Stouffer?

  13. GSS ex-noob Says:

    I see Russian UAI is just as bad as the British, American, and French. Something we all have in common. Despite race, color, creed, or nationality, we all get bad sci-fi book covers. And those literate in English can come here to mock them.

    This is UGLY. Who thought that angle on the man was a good idea? Had the artist ever seen an actual cat?

    The mega-Ting! doesn’t make up for it, artist.

    @BC: This guy got highest marks in “Nostril Illustration” at USSR UAI, obviously.

    @Tat: Your links have consistently given me a very odd history/suggestion list on YouTube.

    @Everyone else: Witty as usual. I laugh more here than at most supposedly funny things. GSS provides more genuine chortles than a year’s worth of sitcoms.

  14. Francis Boyle Says:

    In space Ceiling Cat is very confused.

  15. GSS ex-noob Says:

    Nah, that’s obviously Basement Cat. He is confused by the lack of gravity ruining his sense of up and down, though.

  16. Raoul Says:

    Astronauts love Tang.
    Cosmonauts love Ting!

  17. Bruce A Munro Says:

    Hibernation Pod Checklist #7: have you put the cat out? (In hibernation mode, you will not wake up if cat begins eating you).

  18. Verylatetotheparty Says:

    @Bruce: You have just brought a whole new horror to the ending of Alien.

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