Jan 12

The Moon of the Six SaturnsClick for larger image

Ken R. Comments: This beauty is from 1945, Duchess Publishing, Canada. It is infamous for it’s ugliness as well as crediting the editor, John W. Campbell, as the author. Ray Cummings sued to have it removed from the shelves, thus it’s scarcity.

You might remember this from here.

Published 1945

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: 8.00 out of 10)

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16 Responses to “Brigands of the Moon”

  1. THX 1139 Says:

    “Oh, we are the lads from Country Life and you’ll never put a better bit of butter on your knife!”

  2. fred Says:

    The moons largest export is the balaclava. 80% of GDP, 40% of galactic market share.

  3. Dr Bob Says:

    The Moon’s inhabitants took Covid precautions to extremes, insisting everyone wear full-body PPE and carry a 2 metre long social distancing stick at all times.

  4. Tat Wood Says:


  5. Bibliomancer Says:

    Deserves a font problems special achievement award for that “of”.

  6. Bruce A Munro Says:

    The first live-action “Gumby” movie had a limited budget.

  7. Ryan Says:

    Huh, so this isn’t “Tintin vs the Cheese Men of Mushroomia”?

  8. JuanPaul Says:

    The letter G is upstaging the others and S is trying hitch a ride on the tiny spaceship.

  9. fred Says:

    1942 pulp reprint cover for Brigands. Bottom one. Click cover to enlarge. The other 3 are ….interesting.

  10. B. Chiclitz Says:

    One for the Great White North—

    “Hey, who’re you calling a tête carrée ?”

  11. GSS ex-noob Says:

    Lego Minifigs of the Moon.

    I can’t blame Cummings for suing to get this off shelves. If I’d been alive at the time, I certainly would have supported him.

    Why are there so many Saturns? Is it a mushroom cloud, or a closeup of a knife (with a rocket engraving) chopping mushrooms? Sous-Chefs of the Moon?

    Another work that never got a good cover.

    @Tat: GSS.

    PS Mr. XN says “carved from erasers” — both the humanoids and the mushrooms

  12. Ryan Says:

    @Fred – why do the first two of these Science Fiction Quarterly issues indicate that the main feature is a “book-length novel”?

    Is there another kind of NON-book-length novel?

  13. Bruce A Munro Says:

    @Ryan: well, some writers improperly constrained by editors do write novels far too long to be books (although certainly effective as door stops, roach crushers, and exercise equipment).

  14. A.R. Yngve Says:

    Now we know where Stephen Hillenburg got the idea for Spongebob Squarepants.

  15. Hammy Says:

    Either a pair of happy robots or the oddest-looking welding helmets ever….

  16. Zarth Arn Says:

    I guess they’re Green Bay Packer fans on the Moon.

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