Feb 09

Luigi! He's a fungi!Click for larger image

Good Show Sir Comments: I’m blaming it all on the shrooms.

Published 1982

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: 6.00 out of 10)

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12 Responses to “L’astronave d’oro”

  1. THX 1139 Says:

    Yes, it is distracting, isn’t it?

  2. fred Says:


  3. A. R. Yngve Says:

    In sheer desperation, she grabbed a handful of toxic mushrooms to dull the painful nipple burns caused by future Italian fashion.

  4. Bibliomancer Says:

    Apparently “L’astronave d’oro” is the Italian translation of “Golden Was the Ship- Oh, Oh, Oh”

  5. Tor Mented Says:

    “Slipping Was the Nip — Uh, Oh, Oh.”

  6. Bruce A Munro Says:

    Adventures on the planet of the Giants with Terrible Fashion Sense!

  7. Tat Wood Says:

    See, the Bob Hoskins ‘Super Mario Brothers’ film could actually have been worse.

    (Never mind ‘Kirk Allen’, the person who picked this cover for that story ought to have visited Dr Lindner )

  8. Raoul Says:

    What’s with the dog cone? Did Luigi have an operation and the doctors don’t want him to chew his stitches out?

  9. MelMc Says:

    @Raoul: My guess is that he didn’t have an operation so much as he was stitched together Frankenstein monster style since no two parts belong to the same person. The head is slowly sliding off the shoulders, the hands are larger than the head and are attached to tiny T-Rex arms, and the legs are not attached at all and are running off in a different direction from the upper body.

  10. Hammy Says:

    @MelMc (prev.):

    At least he’s got a way cool 50s greaser hairdo….

  11. GSS ex-noob Says:

    Agreed with @GSS that it’s the shrooms.

    Underilluminated the Planet Was, Oh Oh … What? squints

    I thought that was the tiniest possible Space Sheep, but nope, she’s got a nip shield. European covers are often at least racier to make up for the awfulness.

    So little bitty ships are shooting at people, or regular sized ships are shooting at giants? And what’s BEHIND HER, a robot ant or something?

    @MelMc: I think you’ve come up with the only idea that makes this even close to making sense. I’m not sure what’s in her hair/on her head, either.

    @Tat: the case for that has been somewhat overstated. Also, as the cliche goes, Lindner doesn’t seem to have been too tightly wrapped himself.

    The title story contains the line “Enter the bribes into the record, and then mark the record off the record,” which shows how well the author knew bureaucracy.

  12. B. Chiclitz Says:

    This being an Italian edition and all, I guess the position of those hands is meant to evoke the Sistine ceiling.

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