Jul 21

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Marvin Comments: The hross is looking cross.

You might remember this from here.

Published 1949

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: 7.93 out of 10)

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19 Responses to “Out of the Silent Planet”

  1. Francis Boyle Says:

    Something tells me Mr Silver Fox forgot the groinal protection.

  2. THX 1139 Says:

    Tarka the Rotter.

  3. fred Says:

    Beaver otter needs an unlit cigar stub in the corner of its mouth. Maybe a small bowler hat as well.

    Because you can never have too many totally different covers from the same book.,Avon,Y-127.jpg

  4. Tor Mented Says:

    There otter beaver law against this.

  5. Tor Mented Says:

    “OK, hman, let’s hear you make your racist Frost Giant jokes now.

  6. A. R. Yngve Says:

    Englishman: “Oh dear oh dear, I shouldn’t have tried that West Indian tobacco!”

  7. NomadUK Says:

    Believe me, my young friend, there is nothing—absolutely nothing—half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats.

  8. Bibliomancer Says:

    Ransom, the Englishman, wasted no time inventing a racist slur to call the otter man.

  9. Ryan Says:

    My question is how the aluminum canoe got to Mars.

  10. Tat Wood Says:

    “I ‘ad that Mr Tumnus in the back of me cab last week. True gent, guv.”

  11. B. Chiclitz Says:

    “I dunno if it’s safe, boss. Looks like these guys haven’t eaten in a while.”

  12. Bruce A Munro Says:

    As Tat Wood and fred have pointed out, a fairly book-accurate illustration spoiled by giving the Hrossa the face of the artist’s cab driver.

    @Ryan: assuming Martians can’t have aluminum canoes of their own is just blatant Terracentrism. 🙂

  13. GSS ex-noob Says:

    I didn’t see the pointy front end of the canoe at first and thought “I don’t remember any of Lewis’ books having spinning teacup rides.” The man clutching the side for dear life helped this thought along.

    The blurb was too long to fit on the cover — they had to cut the last phrase, which was “but with extra added Jesusing”.

    @fred: yep, that’s a Cockney Martian-beaver-otter-cabbie.

    Also your link to another terrible cover made me think “Nathan Fillion wondered why a giant eye was staring at him, and vowed never to drink the Hollywood party punch again.”

    A glance at all the covers on ISFDB shows they’re all either terrible or completely dull. They should all have a giant CS Lewis censoring them… but only one of them does.

  14. Wistful Says:

    Isn’t that Mitt Romney in the back of the boat?

  15. Bruce A Munro Says:

    @Wistful: if it is, I hope the Martians keep him.

  16. Craig Jones Says:

    “Nice beaver!”

  17. Tat Wood Says:

    @Bibliomancer: an American wouldn’t have needed to make one up – he would have had a hundred ready-made ones to pick from.

  18. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @Bruce: what did the Martians ever do to deserve that?

    Maybe the otter-beaver says “This is payback for what you did to the dog on the car roof!!”

  19. Emster Says:

    When I think CS Lewis, this horrible, horrible imagery is not what comes to mind. This looks like the illustrator for the Dick and Jane series was told to “get creative”, or a bad camping trip dream after a particularly stressy week. Ew, just ew…

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