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Mar 09

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Lord Kelvin Comments: Ack! My eyes!

You might remember this from here.

Published 1953

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: 8.13 out of 10)
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12 Responses to “Well of the Worlds”

  1. Francis Boyle Says:

    The Groucho Marx/Rita Hayworth slash fiction you never asked for.

  2. THX 1139 Says:

    Worlds of the Well… maybe not.

  3. JuanPaul Says:

    “What’s that, Lassie? Rita Hayworth, Janus the two faced god, the entire Rapa Nui civilization, and a random nude sun bather are trapped down a well??”

  4. fred Says:

    Diaphanous tings.

    Original pulp mag. Cover, interior art, synopsis/review. Looks like the Kuttner’s took the science of nucleur fission and whipped up a story.

    https://schlock-value.com/2022/01/30/well-of-the-worlds/

  5. Tor Mented Says:

    I’m not sure whether Rita Hayworth is in possession of a magic wishbone, or whether she is just playing a really hot solo on the spoons.

  6. Tor Mented Says:

    @JuanPaul: GSS.

  7. Nomad Says:

    [email protected]: Looks like they originally had a young (very, given it’s 1952, 18 years before she was born!) Winona Ryder cast in the original, plus someone who can actually draw.

  8. B. Chiclitz Says:

    This cover is the sort of disaster you’d expect when the UAI beginner class is given access to the oil pastels.

  9. A. R. Yngve Says:

    Hm. I don’t know about this one. Perhaps the original magazine cover was better:
    https://schlockvalue.files.wordpress.com/2021/12/wp-1638747762219.jpg

  10. B. Chiclitz Says:

    @A.R.Y.—That magazine cover is really good! (Especially compared to the above.) Imagination, even a passable hot-sandaled foot, on display. Thanks for posting.

  11. GSS ex-noob Says:

    First off, I must do a “well, actually” (snerk) that CL Moore probably had a hand in this, since “Padgett” was usually both of them.

    I think Lord Kelvin summed it up for all of us: ACK! MY EYES!

    From what I can gather, the cover accurately represents the novel, which is even more frightening.

    @JuanPaul: GSS!

    @ARY: So this book originally had a pretty good cover and then it was all downhill from there.

  12. Emster Says:

    Publisher: We can’t call it “Wars of the Worlds”, we’ll get in trouble with the “War of the Worlds” gang. Why not call it “Well of the Worlds”? Kinda close, right?

    Author: (sigh) Sure…

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