Mar 28

There's more than one way to skin a catClick for larger image

JuanPaul Comments: I think the cover blurb just violated me.

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: 6.91 out of 10)

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18 Responses to “A World Out of Time”

  1. THX 1139 Says:

    Is that the planet Jupiter or a kiss emoji?

  2. A. R. Yngve Says:

    THX 1139 #1: GSS!

  3. A. R. Yngve Says:

    Cover design by Confuse-a-Cat Ltd.

  4. Francis Boyle Says:

    No wonder the cat’s confused. It’s never seen a planet go down on another planet before. (Don’t tell me that’s an innocent wink – Jupiter’s totally up for it.)

  5. fred Says:

    I think a BAEN Kzin evolution cover would be more orangely interesting.

  6. Tor Mented Says:

    It’s a cat-erpillar?

  7. Bibliomancer Says:

    @Tor – Looks more like a Fe-line

  8. JuanPaul Says:

    @AR That’s one of my favorite Python skits!

    “Is it…DEAD?”

  9. Tat Wood Says:

    Alarmingly, the cat-snake thing’s in the plot: the dominatrix villain uses it as a whip. It does not, as the protagonist briefly thinks, confer immortality on the victim. That woul be silly.

  10. B. Chiclitz Says:

    I think that cat’s got a bad case of the worms.

  11. GSS ex-noob Says:

    Another example of “just because everything on the cover in is the plot doesn’t make it a good cover”.

    Like @Tat said, the “snat” is a plot point, and so is Jupiter, and Earth and a spaceship.

    Back in the late 80s/early 90s, I used to occasionally see people at cons with snats that they’d made out of the head of a toy cat, with a tail added, wearing them like a feather boa.

    @ARY: “Confuse-A-Cat” (and Be-WilderABeast and the rest) is one of the favorite Python sketches around here, and has been invoked many times about our moggies. The current one is so lacking in brainpower that we often think we need to phone “Un-Confuse-A-Cat”, since he’s so easily confused by common household items and happenings.

    @fred: The people who wore snats are way ahead of you; some of them gave them Kzin ears. Niven’s reaction can only be described as “bemused”. Particularly when, to get the orange cheaply, the head was that of Garfield.

  12. JJYoyo Says:

    @BC. I am new here. Am I allowed to award a GSS to you?
    I was trying to think up a pun for Kitty Ourobouros, but my brain has melted.

  13. Bruce A Munro Says:

    Well, that’s _one_ way to declaw a cat.

    I can’t recall: did the Jupiter bit advance the plot in any way, or was the Ludicrous Engineering just there as a way of saying “it’s the faaar future, dah dah dah dum…”

    @GSS ex-noob: the idea of a lazy, greedy Kzin who doesn’t deal with issues by screaming and leaping because it’s too much effort amuses me. Sure, given what we see about Kzin society you’d think he wouldn’t survive, but we shouldn’t underestimate Garfield’s capacity for conniving assholery.

  14. Hammy Says:


    “Moping? In a way. Hmmm, moping – I must remember that!”

    I see the title of the book and I think “out of time” which leads me to another Monty Python sketch: “That was never five minutes just now!”

  15. B. Chiclitz Says:

    @JJYoyo—All modesty aside, I am never one to decline any GSS! So thanks, and may I offer you a GSS! on the grounds of your refined sense of humor? 😉

  16. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @Bruce: I don’t think Jupiter had much to do with it, but I can’t recall, either.

    Presumably the Garfield kzin were named “Speaker-to-Lasagna”.

    A lot of snats — possibly the majority — with regular furry ears were made from Garfields, since they were easily and cheaply available.

    @JJ: You’re not that new! Award away!

  17. Tracy Says:

    How can that spaceship on the bottom go anywhere? Its engines are firing in opposite directions.

  18. Emster Says:

    Wow, oh wow. I’ve got a pile o’ old books by Larry N on my bookshelf and that one beats all.

    Kittah: I has no paws to hitz at floatie ballz

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