Dec 17

Who doesn’t love Swedish sci-fi covers?! Recall the fun we all had with Skeppsbruten på Tschai last year. We recently stumbled upon the delightful WordPress blog “enlitenbloggomrymden” (“small blog space”) which has a wealth of terrible covers from the publisher Lindqvist. These were published from 1969-1971 and I’ve included a few of our favourites below. Have at them and enjoy!

The Swedish Olympic Salamander Dressage TeamOch stjärnornas konungar dö

Plot a course, Mr SuluVindarnas Planet

Swingin' medallions indeedFrämmande Rymdskepp

Moorcock! She screamedSlutstriden

Good Show Sir Comments:

1. Swedish dominatrix says “your safe word is Ochstjärnornaskonungardö”

2. Flavour-sealed for freshness

3. Busted by the fashion police

4. Sluts-a-ridin’

Published 1969-1971

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: 7.15 out of 10)

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14 Responses to “Swedish Mega Post”

  1. THX 1139 Says:

    1: You can’t get the staff these days – oh, she has.

    2: “How am I supposed to waken him with a kiss if I can’t get the lid off?!”

    3: “Ctrl-Alt-Del!”

    4: More like Slutswingin’. And that’s just not polite.

  2. fred Says:

    4) I know it’s Jerry Cornelius but it works better pretending that he is Elric, lost in translation.

  3. Max Bathroom Says:

    Bork bork bork!

  4. Michael Toland Says:

    What is going in #3? It looks like he dropped his stereo receiver corner-first on someone’s head, and said head exploded.

  5. Bibliomancer Says:

    1. Let me translate with my high school Swedish: Betty the Slut for the Galactic Imperium …

    2. Let me set your tanning bed for 18 hours. That should do the trick.

    3. Village People audition tape

    4. Who can forget the Old Milwaukee Beer Swedish Bikini Team?!

  6. Tat Wood Says:

    1. “I said our invasion taskforce needed amphibious landing vehicles, not…”
    2. Soft Cell, the Early Years
    3. “I have destroyed Steve Wright in the Afternoon, O my Master. You still have two wishes”.
    4. Had the artist ever seen a spiral staircase before?

  7. Ryan Says:

    These are great. The color palette couldn’t be better, and the illustrations are so 60s that they hurt.

    The E.C. Tubb one is actually a good representation of a scene in the story, too.

  8. Bruce A Munro Says:

    1.Being In Space gives you extra dueling options.
    “Laser pistols at dawn. On giant lizard back.”

    2. “I was abducted onto a flying saucer crewed by ethnic stereotypes!”

    3. The Continuing Adventures of Lance Rocket, Space Swinger!
    This exciting episode: Lance fails to program a VCR.

    4. “I’ll write my own mystery novel! With booze! And strippers on swings!”

  9. JuanPaul Says:

    1. “Hey, off-worlder! On Wednesdays we wear pink!!

    2. While they were all in stasis, DJ Tubb indulged his fantasy of headlining an EDM festival.

    3. “A dash of electronics and my marinara is complete…Oh no! My velour gloves are ruined!

    4. The only slut here is you, dear reader.

  10. Francis Boyle Says:

    1. Captain Janeway’s recurring dream.
    2. Lieutenant Sulu’s recurring dream.
    3. Commander Riker’s recurring dream.
    4. Hey, who’s tapping into my dreams. (Also proof that Swedes can speak English.)

  11. GSS ex-noob Says:

    And this week continues to provide perfect GSS material!

    If the artist on #4 didn’t get a laugh out of the combo of Sluts Ridin’ Moorcock, I will eat some sort of Swedish hat. (Or Slut Stridin’)

    #1: No wonder the star kings are dying. They’re riding lizards bareback and all look identical, there’s got to be some breeding problems. Lady with red flag must be telling them to get out of the gene pool.

    #2: Why is Gimli putting Sulu in a pod? A weird variation of Snow White and the 7 Dwarves?

    #3: So his music player has spontaneously combusted and caused a big enough wind to blow his disco-era medallion backwards?

    #4: Jerry Cornelius is going to kill to get off this cover, and who can blame him?

  12. Monty Says:

    “Slutstation” means “end of the line” according to random internet finds. So slutstriden is end of … something.

  13. THX 1139 Says:

    @Monty: The end of trousers?

  14. A. R. Yngve Says:

    “Sven, we want these covers to look cool and hip and sophisticated, so that we can attract young readers. Can you draw them?”

    “Ja, Dad. But this time I want to be paid in cash, not candy bars.”

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