Nov 15

Attack of the one-eyed white worm!!! ... Uh..

Good Show Sir comments: Loincloth fail

Thanks to Ryan for sending this in!

Published 1974

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: 6.13 out of 10)

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21 Responses to “By the Light of the Green Star”

  1. Francis Boyle Says:

    The one-worm is lucky in two respects –

    1: It doesn’t have fangs.
    2: Trousers have yet to be invented on this planet.


  2. fred Says:

    Where is Vallejo when he is needed most.

  3. Max Bathroom Says:

    From the publication date, this was probably published back when Boris was still working out how to do Frazetta’s art style.

  4. Tor Mented Says:

    Umm, what is the blue guy doing to that fellow?
    This cover is a slight camera angle away from needing a space sheep.

  5. Ryan Says:

    What I like about this cover is that all the featured participants, no matter what they are doing, are doing it with a maximum of effort and style, be it riding and stabbing, leaping, circumcising, or recoiling.

  6. Tat Wood Says:

    Green starlight, red leaves, blue people: how does photosynthesis happen? Why can we see colours like that?

  7. Bruce A Munro Says:

    All that drama, and there weren’t even any eggs in the nest.

    (Looks to me like they’re fighting in a giant bird’s nest).

  8. Emster Says:

    Unfortunately, this cover suffers from “a little too much going on here”… Could have had similar effect without the s&m couple to the right. Zoom in on Tiny Tarzan and Trouserless Snake Rider (okay, slippery slope, but @Frances started it…) and that would have been more than enough to get me to buy it…

    @Bruce – maybe Tied Up Guy ate all the eggs without sharin’ and everyone’s justifiably miffed

  9. GSS ex-noob Says:

    If the star’s green (presumably that’s it in the background), why is everything appearing as though it’s under white light? (Save perhaps the worm and the blue guy)? It’s not like bad art hasn’t been monochrome green before and since. I see @Tat agrees.

    @FB: Ooh, Matron!

    @Ryan: Planet of the Overactive Muscles of the Overacting. Students of Master Thespian? ACTING!

    @Bruce: Perhaps it’s the Lair of the White Worm?

    I would also tag this “Tar-Sham”.

  10. NomadUK Says:

    Actually, because of the way the Planck spectrum (black-body radiation curve) works, there can’t be a green star. Here’s a great video explaining why:-

    Subscription to Cool Worlds videos highly recommended.

  11. Tor Mented Says:

    This is horrible. Denying green energy? Ban him. BAN HIM!
    Uhh … oh, that’s not what was meant? Well, never mind.

  12. Max Bathroom Says:

    So Lin Carter was talking shite about the green star?

  13. Tat Wood Says:

    But if the sun’s shining and the people are coated with Grenium, the infra-green rays will make everyone invisible.

    It must be true – Terry Nation said so on the back of an ice-lolly wrapper.

  14. fred Says:

    Green has already jumped onto the GSS #NotSoSubtle bandwagon and issues a challenge to the Green Star interloper.

  15. NomadUK Says:

    MB@12: I think he just made it all up.

  16. Tracy Says:

    This series is set on a world of giant trees with “twigs as broad as six-lane highways.” I am guessing that in this book, the characters fall down the trees to the actual ground where fell beasts, like the white grub-thing, roam, and they fighting amidst fallen dried leaves and twigs.

    As for the Green Star — they never actually see the sun. The trees are too high and there are too many leaves. So it’s speculation whether it’s actually green or not. As this is a world of giant trees, they have to fly on winged beasts to get around.

    Loincloth-losing lad is the main character. Blue guy, I’m guessing, is of a native race called the Amphachand, who resembled angels. Why I remember all that, I don’t know. Why the Amphachand is disembowling the human I don’t remember either.

    The series is cringy but very readable in a Jack Vance style.

  17. Bruce A Munro Says:

    @GSS ex-noob: maybe the White Worm ate the eggs.

    @Tracy: angels are bald and blue? Perhaps the artist was confusing them with genies.

  18. Emster Says:

    That’s it – from now on I want @Tracy to provide a synopsis before I get too excited because I ALWAYS pick books by their cover, aaaaand it hasn’t always gone well… nope, it has not. This cover is kinda like The Littles on Acid – tiny people in a jungle… what could go wrong? Sounds like I dodged the bullet this time…

  19. GSS ex-noob Says:

    This seems to be the only edition ever, which… I guess people judged it by its cover?

    I took a ton (two van loads and a hatchback worth) to the used book store this week.

    I managed not to come home with any new books, but I did snap some photos, which I will scare you with later.

    Mercedes Lackey *hardbacks* from GSS’ “favorite” publisher. Shudder.

  20. A. R. Yngve Says:

    I’m almost too embarrassed to ask… is a “one-eyed worm” a metaphor for something?

  21. Hammy Says:

    @A. R. Yngve(prev.):

    It is now! 😉

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