Aug 10

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Duke’s Comments I don’t know what’s going on here. Robby the Robot’s sex slave?

Published 1967

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: 4.90 out of 10)

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18 Responses to “Lost in Space”

  1. THX 1139 Says:

    “My masterpiece!”

  2. Francis Boyle Says:

    Just what I want from a novelisation – the authentic black and white TV feel but with added yellow.

  3. JuanPaul Says:

    Lost in Space: the story of a tv title trying to fit into book cover with too much black space and nothing of interest to balance the composition.

  4. fred Says:

    Looking at this cover Irwin Allen should have been the first to do Dune.

  5. Griz Says:

    Wait, does that guy have 3 legs? And a thing growing out of his back?

  6. fred Says:

    Looks like Guy Williams hair on tother side of Crawler No 1.

  7. Bruce A Munro Says:

    Does a frame from a TV show even count as cover art?

    The Sci-Fi fan, struggling across the deserts of 1960s TV, sees what might be a refuge. The robot mocks their efforts.

  8. B. Chiclitz Says:

    Second attempt, sincte I am cleerly spilling my nam rong agin: This cover must win the “Most Shameless Boast” blurb award. Ever hear of “Star Trek”?

  9. Bruce A Munro Says:

    @B. Chiclitz: well, this book was published in 1967, when Star Trek was still in its first and second seasons – Lost in Space was heading into its third season and may well have been know to more people at the time.

    (The original Twilight Zone was probably better known than either, but it was science fiction only part of the time).

  10. Tat Wood Says:

    @.B. Chiclitz: globally, in 1967, probably ‘Doctor Who’, then ‘Raumpatrouille’, then ‘Lost in Space’ and then ‘Star Trek’. After that, I thiink ‘The Outer Limits’ was bought by more companies than ‘Twilight Zone’.

    Stretching a point, maybe ‘The Avengers’ and ‘The Man from UNCLE’ were bigger than any of them.

  11. B. Chiclitz Says:

    @Tat W, @Bruce A M—Good historical correctives. Certainly accurate about “Dr. Who.” I might quibble on the others. In my neighborhood as a kid, in addition to the Rolling Stones vs The Beatles tribes, there was a spirited ongoing “Outer Limits” vs. “Twilight Zone” debate series. I always bet on TZ. I think time has borne out that bet.

  12. GSS ex-noob Says:

    I think “font problems” would be an appropriate tag, even if it is the show’s logo. It’s still a bad font in any medium. Even for the 60s.

    “TV’s most famous science fiction series” — no, no, don’t change over to NBC and look at the grown-ups trekking to the stars! LiS did have higher ratings at the time but it didn’t/hasn’t aged well.

    The only reason I didn’t walk out of a showing of the 90s movie was that I was in a metal tube 30,000 feet over the Atlantic.

    @Griz: What *is* that thing on his back?

    @BC: Yes, you called that one right. The intro to the TZ movie (the best part of it) has the 2 guys arguing over whether a story they liked was “a Zone or a Limits”. But of course both had Billy Mumy.

  13. THX 1139 Says:

    Lost in Space could be ridiculous, but so could plenty of 60s sci-fi on TV. Besides, the mirror episode with Michael J. Pollard is a little gem of creepy television. Jonathan Harris LIVED his role!

  14. Bruce A Munro Says:

    @Tat Wood: Twilight Zone lasted five seasons, the Outer Limits only two (the second season only really a half season), which would seem to argue for higher ratings.

    Rampatrouille? I know it was popular in Europe, but globally? In the English-speaking world? Tell me more.

    Lost in Space definitely got sillier as it went along, with Space Hippies and this guy

    showing up in the last season, IIRC.

  15. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @Bruce: a giant carrot!

    Jim Arness was too busy keeping the law in Dodge City to reprise his role from “The Thing”.

  16. A. R. Yngve Says:

    “Now drop and give me twenty, Will Robinson!”

  17. GSS ex-noob Says:

    This would have been improved by Raket and Skibit.

  18. T Doyle Says:

    Common mistake, but that’s not Robbie the Robot. Robbie was the one from Forbidden Planet. Lost in Space’s character was just called the Robot. Both were designed by the same guy … quick Google lookup … Robert Kinoshita.

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