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Sep 24

No, no my name is Allen, from Arkansas!Click for larger image

Rick Deckard Comments: Looks like our Halloween party dates have arrived!

Published 1956

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: 7.00 out of 10)
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17 Responses to “Alien from Arcturus”

  1. Verylatetotheparty Says:

    Middle astronaut: ‘Are you two guys still behind me? I’ve got the helmet with no peripheral vision.’

  2. THX 1139 Says:

    “Let’s see… pint of milk, butter, half dozen eggs… wait a minute, this is your grocery list!”

  3. Adzel Says:

    First question on the Galactic Citizenship Test: How many astronauts can you safely load onto the descending elevator platform?

  4. JuanPaul Says:

    Could man meet the test? Probably not. Try woman.

  5. fred Says:

    They’re not here to give a galactic citizenship test, they want to conquer us for our superior glove technology.

  6. Francis Boyle Says:

    @fred

    Not to mention smartphone/tablet and radio frequency ID technology. Also space craft that don’t look like a B29 with an aftermarket lift installed.

  7. fred Says:

    Who gots money? A complete set of Ace Doubles. Contains a supposedly Harlan Ellison signed book.

    https://www.abebooks.com/servlet/BookDetailsPL?bi=20126572810&cm_mmc=ggl-_-COM_Shopp_Rare-_-naa-_-naa&gclid=EAIaIQobChMIj_CXsvqB7AIVAobICh2g1gYMEAQYBSABEgJ0F_D_BwE

  8. Longtime_Lurker Says:

    @fred: it’s amazing the things that some people would rather have than money. Not this kid though.

  9. Bibliomancer Says:

    @fred – These Ace doubles are not rare. $2800 for 76 paperbacks is $36.84 each. You could put this set together for much less (you can pick up the signed Harlan for $100).

  10. Ryan Says:

    @ Fred – I admire the dedication and perseverance of a collector who took the time and effort to complete the entire set.

  11. Bruce A Munro Says:

    “At least it’s multiple choice!”

    It’s also a fact the aliens looking just like us is helpful for motivation. It’s hard to work up any enthusiasm for an offer of citizenship when it comes from what looks like an octopus modeled in spoiled aspic.

  12. B. Chiclitz Says:

    “I dunno, Major, he seems pretty upset. I think he just got to the part where it says Aliens wearing red space briefs need not apply. Looks like there might be some diplomatic trouble brewing.”

  13. GSS ex-noob Says:

    None of those guys look very alien.

    It seems to be a one-page oral exam so we might have a good chance!

    Hey, look down in the bottom left-hand corner! It’s The Field That Gordon Dickson Is In By Himself! It does exist!!!

    @B’man: I’ve picked up a number of Ace Doubles of this vintage at my used book store from the 10 for $10 shelf. Got one of them signed by Silverberg at the last Worldcon I went to; gave some of them to a friend who has a collection/lending library of random SF paperbacks. Agreed that this guy wants way too much money for these, particularly in this economy.

    @JP: GSS.

  14. Monty Says:

    Those middle legs bounce like pogo sticks.

  15. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @Monty: your name and comment made me visualize that in a Terry Gilliam style animation. GSS!

  16. A. R. Yngve Says:

    “Could Man meet the Galactic Citizenship Test?”

    “Could Man realize that Kim Kardashian isn’t worth even a minute’s attention, much less a TV series?”

    “Could Man make the reasonable choice between a mildly unsympathetic female career politician and a psychopathic orange-colored walking disaster in a crucial election?”

    “Could Man get off Twitter for five minutes and face the real world?”

    “Could Man stop burning down the very ecosphere upon which his very survival depended?”

    “Could Man learn to stop giving Michael Bay money to make more movies?”

    “Could Man get the proverbial thumb out of the proverbial arse?”

    Do you have to ask…?

  17. Verylatetotheparty Says:

    Although middle astronaut doesn’t have the 360 degree view bubble helmet, his space suit appears to have little windows built into the knees. Maybe (GSSxn 13.) he is far more alien than he looks.

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