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Tag Wizard Comments: Anatomical Issues. Amirite?

Published 1983

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: 6.09 out of 10)
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18 Responses to “Farthest Star”

  1. Francis Boyle Says:

    Not only is this cover bad in a non-good way if Wikipedia is to be believed it has fuck all to do with the story. Ben here is supposed to be an engineer. Now in my uni days I knew a fair few engineering students and they could be pretty wild. But there wildness was mainly expressed in alcohol consumption, poor personal hygiene, and determinedly not doing the washing-up. None dressed as Conan. (Though to be fair, I suspect they did cause a fair bit of lamentation of women but that would mainly have to do with the aforementioned personal habits.)

  2. Tor Mented Says:

    I guess it’s quite a stretch, then.

  3. Tat Wood Says:

    ‘Begone, foul Lepidopterous fiends, you shall have neither my Saporiti easy-chairs nor me!’

  4. fred Says:

    Needs a volcano, an ancient Romanish city, cat people, a couple of moons, unicorn centaurs, and a hot chick on a motorcycle.

  5. Leak Says:

    Anatomical issues of Liefeldian proportions…

  6. A. R. Yngve Says:

    So he’s starving to death on an alien planet, then?
    That kind of makes sense.

  7. Bibliomancer Says:

    Let me help you out, Tag. I believe that’s a
    “flying-metal-devil’s-dumplings-teat-shields-jazz-hands-damsel”

  8. Tracy Says:

    This poor guy clearly spent time being tortured on a Medieval rack.

  9. Ryan Says:

    The cover seems to imply that the means that Ben Pertin used to travel the galaxy without ever leaving Earth was to be incredibly elongated.

    That way he kept at least one foot on base, while his head and shoulders roamed the universe like some sort of Galactic String Bean Being?

  10. B. Chiclitz Says:

    Anyone care to explain what’s going on with her feet?

  11. Tor Mented Says:

    I’m glad El Greco got over his sci-fi page and went back to icons.

  12. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @BC: I don’t think anyone could possibly explain, including the artist.

    @Ryan: Galaxy of the Stretch Armstrongs!

    @B’man: I couldn’t agree more.

    @fred: That would be overegging it. I’d agree it could use cat people (chasing and eating the butterflies), two dissimilar moons, and possibly the volcano erupting from the sea, which is why the tiny spaceships, the butterflies, and the bot are all fleeing.

  13. Bruce A Munro Says:

    Eventually, the neighbors started complaining about him bringing so many bits of the Galaxy to Earth, especially the man-eating bean bag chairs and the public robosexuality.

  14. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @Bruce: My brain went “Man-eating bean bag chairs! I’ve seen that!” but then another part of my brain went’ “No, those were man-eating inflatable chairs.” (we still miss you, Roger Delgado)

  15. Tat Wood Says:

    @ex-Noob: Man-eating bean bags? Fast-forward to the end of Episode Two of ‘The Claws of Axos’.

    (The chairs I was talking about before can be seen in ‘The Invasion of Time’, but n sky-blue).

  16. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @Tat: It’s been so long since I watched Classic Who I’d forgotten about the beanbags!

    Never mind Daleks and Sontarans, the Doctor seems to have spent much of the 70s fighting amorphous furniture.

    Rather later, I occasionally hung out at cons with John Levene. Charming chap.

  17. GSS ex-noob Says:

    If the universe is infinite, IS there a farthest star/

  18. John Baker Says:

    Cover by Rob Leifeld.

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