Dec 19

Whip it good!

Max Bathroom comments: Ohio Players: the science fiction novel

Published 1972

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: 4.88 out of 10)

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16 Responses to “Whipping Star”

  1. Outis Says:

    Hey hands off me Bruce Pennington, I have one of his books!
    But seriously, this particular illustration is not in the book and I can see why… “Whipping star”, seriously? Also, we need a Butt Alert. Which, if coupled (ahem) with the title, portends nothing good in this case.

  2. Max Bathroom Says:

    Is that the Eschaton thing of his paintings illustrating Nostrodamus’ “Centuries”? I don’t think I’ve ever seen one of those big coffee table books collecting Pennington’s book covers, which is a shame, really.
    (And I think “Sir Mix A Lot is the Butt Alert tag: have a look at this not entirely SFW ’90s rap video

  3. NomadUK Says:

    The Illustrated Man goes BDSM.

  4. Francis Boyle Says:

    Is this a semi-naked woman with very dark skin or is she wearing black latex? Gotta make sure I’m turned on in the right way.

  5. fred Says:

    The real reason Betelgeuse acted up and she definitely earned her fee.

  6. Tat Wood Says:

    As Bruce Pennngton/ NEL covers go, this is relatively restrained. As a way to illustrate the book… well the basic conceit is that (SPOILER) stars are conscious and their minds have been outsourced to human residences, where they adopt folskie names like American home-loan companies (Fannie-Mae, Lulabelle, John-Boy…) – and then it gets silly.

    Looking at it now, it could do with Tom Baker giving a blow-job to a giant marrow then

  7. Outis Says:

    @Max Bathroom: no not that one, even tho’ I once did have that particular book in my hands and stupidly did not buy it. What I have is a collection of book covers plus assorted other material, some of which comes from Eschaton. It’s titled “Ultraterranium”, published by Paper Tiger in 1991. Back in the before times… but I really like Pennington’s style and use of colour. Butts or no butts.

  8. NomadUK Says:

    Tat Wood@6: One of the things I remember my English teacher telling us long, long ago was that ‘Who in hell ghost-wrote Dune?’ was an almost-but-not-quite facetious question in SF circles, given how shite all the rest of Herbert’s output was.

  9. Max Bathroom Says:

    Thanks for the tip about that: I didn’t know Pennington had done a collection of his book covers as well as the Nostradamus thing.

  10. A. R. Yngve Says:

    If you think that’s kinky, check out his cover for THE NAKED SUN. Phwoarr!

  11. Bruce A Munro Says:

    @Tat wood: shouldn’t it be “whipped star” or “whipping the star?” It seems ungrammatical. 😊

    “What are you doing, Frankenstein?”


  12. GSS ex-noob Says:

    This is one kinky solar system.

    @FB: She’s wearing latex; you can see that her hands aren’t black.

    @fred: I had missed that bit of news, so thanks for the link.

    @Nomad: I like your teacher’s report. I’m kind of agreed. His later Dune books aren’t even very good, and the rest of his work is, well.

    @Bruce: I think it’s analogous to the phrase “whipping boy”.

  13. Emster Says:

    Would definitely buy that for the cover, but mebbe not read it on the bus…

    @GSS x-n and @Nomad: my thoughts exactly. How can the first be so epic and the rest just meander all over the place to everyone’s great frustration? Can you only imagine if some tough love was administered by the editing team…

  14. Max Bathroom Says:

    @Nomad, Emster and GSS
    I’m not sure that’s entirely fair on Herbert. Whipping Star is every bit as bad as its cover, and the Dosadi Experiment those collaborations with Bill Ransom and The White Plague are even worse, but Helstrom’s Hive, The Green Brain, the Sarantaroga Barrier and probably a few more I’m forgetting all read well.
    And however you feel about the later Dune books by Herbert next to the godawful Kevin J Anderson bilge even Children of Dune is a masterpiece…

  15. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @Max: There are NO Dune books by Kevin J. Anderson. I don’t care what anyone else says.

  16. Max Bathroom Says:

    Heh. That’s me told.
    (And I like you’re thinking about that.)

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