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Published 1977

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: 7.46 out of 10)

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16 Responses to “The War Against the Rull”

  1. THX 1139 Says:

    “This VR game of Centipede is EPIC!”

  2. fred Says:

    Hair is hard to draw.

  3. A. R. Yngve Says:

    The tagline “Science Fiction from the Great Years” is blatantly aimed at nostalgic fans who – in the 1970s – wanted things to Be Like When They Were Young and Everything Tasted Better.

    If it’s any comfort, we’ll probably become old cranks who complain that [gnarly voice] “They don’t make Star Wars sequels like they used to” and “When I was young, we only changed the names of skiffy awards once a year”…

  4. Max Bathroom Says:

    @AR Yngve

    Become nostalgic old cranks? Did you miss all of the whining about how those last three Star Wars films weren’t even half as good as the prequels, never mind the proper ones?

  5. JuanPaul Says:

    The war against the Rull appears to be going well so I’m going to give this book a pass

  6. NomadUK Says:

    I’m trying to come up with something referencing Krull and The War Against the Cthorr, but it’s early in the day and I haven’t had anything to drink yet.

  7. Francis Boyle Says:

    I’m no expert in the handling of hexaped unicorns of any colour but I would have thought that a single green ribbon would make a less than satisfactory control mechanism.

  8. Tat Wood Says:

    ‘SCIENCE FICTION from the GREAT YEARS’ = ‘we’ve looked in our vaults for anything we paid for in 1951 and don’t have to reimburse the author for because contracts back then were wonderful’. Before the knock-off films of 1979-81, ‘Star Wars’ made its biggest impact in bookshops. Good news for Bruce Pennington and Adrian Chesterman, less so for writers and any readers over 15.

  9. Bruce A Munro Says:

    He’s just pissed off and acting out because he can’t get his helmet off.

    @Francis Boyle: the blue hexapedal non-unicorn (that’s the green centipede’s tail) is sentient, so the green ribbon is presumably more of a mechanism of polite suggestion than one of control. What puzzles me is how he’s staying on, given that his crotch would have to be about three feet wide for his right leg to be gripping the hexapod’s other side.

    @NomadUK: keep trying, we believe in you.

  10. GSS ex-noob Says:

    Did Mr. Punchatz have a surplus of orange paint that month?

    @Max: If someone says none of the sequels match up to the prequels — particularly Ep. 1 — I know not to pay any attention to their aesthetic opinions on anything.

    Mostly it was neckbeards and incels who were mad there was a girl in it doing important things and not wearing a brass bikini. And some PoC. I’m old enough to have seen all of them in theaters first-run.

    @NomadUK: We appreciate the effort.

    @Tat: I bet you have it right, with the contract situation. Wiki says it’s a 1959 fix-up of stories from 1940-1950, so it would have cost them nothing to reprint it.

    Also the hero’s son is named “Diddy”.

    @Bruce: I was so overwhelmed with the orangeness and ab-ness of it all that I didn’t even notice the impossibility of him actually straddling that critter. Wiki also says the hero and critter are fighting the Rull in a jungle, but I guess Punchatz was out of green paint so used his excess orange and made it a desert.

  11. Tor Mented Says:

    ♪ There was green alligators and long-necked geese,
    Some humpty-backed camels and some chimpanzees,
    Some cats and rats and elephants, but sure as you’re born,
    GSS is the only place to refer to a hexaped un —- I —-corn. ♪

  12. Bruce A Munro Says:

    @GSS ex-noob: I think he’s actually at the beach, fighting in shallow (orange) water, under an orange sky, with the beach and (orange) jungle off to the right. (IIRC, giant mushrooms, or at least fungi, _are_ in the book).

  13. Hammy Says:

    @Tor (#11):

    Because hexapod Uncorns! RUUUUUULLLLLLLL! 😉

  14. B. Chiclitz Says:

    Looks like just another cock-and-rull story if you ask me.

  15. Francis Boyle Says:


    But it’s also telepathic so why even bother? And yes, centipede tail but don’t blame me, I’m not the one who doesn’t grok perspective.

  16. Emster Says:

    I got all excited about making a blue hexaped unicorn joke, but looks like others already beat me to it. Also wanted to say something witty about the giant mushroom/phallic symbol in the background, but like NomadUK, I haven’t had a glass of “liquid creativity” yet and all my ideas are really dumb, kinda like the cover of this book…

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