Apr 16

Knives Out!Click for larger image

Mr Peepers Comments: Bloody awful.

Published 1959

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: 7.73 out of 10)

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14 Responses to “The Planet Killers”

  1. THX 1139 Says:

    I don’t think anything inflatable is a good idea with all those sharp objects around.

  2. fred Says:

    Yes, Tarantino should definitely do a grindhouse version of Fred and Ginger.

  3. Adzel Says:

    If you thought counting in the septa-decimal system was hard, just try a round of pinfingers!

  4. Tat Wood Says:

    The projectionist used the wrong lens when showing the cut scenes from ‘Genevieve’, making Dinah Sheridan’s knife-fight striptease look weird.

  5. Bruce A Munro Says:

    Lady Imogen Popplewell-Spooner hadn’t intended to become a contestant in the interplanetary knife-fighting competition, but then someone had used the “G” word.

    (“Giraffe” )

  6. Francis Boyle Says:

    Not illustrated: worlds being blown up. Where’s Baen when you need them?

    Also Lady Imogen* seems remarkably calm and collected for someone facing approximately one and a half knife-wielding aliens. That’s British sang-froid for you.

  7. Bibliomancer Says:

    His mission … To Blow Up a Doll!

  8. JuanPaul Says:

    Drag shows of a dystopian future are pretty hard core.

  9. B. Chiclitz Says:

    “This is the last time we’re gonna tell you—we want those earrings!”

  10. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @Francis: I think Lady Imogen may be of British extraction, but I don’t recall Britain having the lesser gravity that would cause that build. Perhaps she’s of the Lunar Popplewell-Spooners?

    @JP: I can confidently say I’ve never seen a burlesque show like this. Not even in San Francisco.

    Whatta ya know, I have this in a Kindle collection with 2 other novellas. Might give it a look.

    I’m sure the “First Book Publication” means the story appeared in a magazine originally, but I was wondering if young Silverberg had earlier published it on… ticker tape or something.

    (Which is even sillier than it sounds, since I know perfectly well Bob never wrote anything he couldn’t sell to some publisher.)

  11. A.R.Yngve Says:

    “Sir, about this cover for our next Silverberg book… are you sure it’s appropriate?”

    “Of course! It’s Science Fiction, isn’t it?”

    “But the knives, and the gore, and…”

    “Listen. I went to the local drive-in, where they were screening those movies the teenagers are going ape about – by that renowned Science Fiction director, William Castle – and there was gore all over the screen. The kids were screaming!”

    “William Castle makes Science Fiction movies?”

    “Yes! And there’s a craze for Science Fiction books about knife-wielding Science Fiction maniacs, like Jack the Ripper…”

    “Jack the Ripper???”

    “What’s wrong with you? Don’t you even READ Science Fiction?”

  12. GSS ex-noob Says:

    So I read this last night.

    The aliens are fairly accurately depicted, and they do have knife fights in bars. And the blurb is 100% correct!

    But you will be entirely unsurprised to hear that at no time do elongated blonde women participate in said fights. It’s all extra-fingered alien fighters.

    There’s one extremely normal human woman.

  13. Tor Mented Says:

    @Gssxn: Well, that kills any interest I might have had in reading it. I actually wanted to find out why a smiling, bloodied dowager in her unders was enjoying a knife fight so much.

  14. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @ARY: I’m thinking the artist got blotto during the “two alien males knife fight one alien female” scene, and threw in an anamorphic version of the Obligatory Love Interest (who’s watching the fight with Our Hero and is a college girl in her 20s).

    Brings in the punters.

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