Jan 25

Poul LA Anderson

Good Show Sir comments: Ah yes, the future history of the Poledancertechnique League.

Thanks to Ryan for sending this in!

Published 1979

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: 7.00 out of 10)

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19 Responses to “The Earth Book of Stormgate”

  1. B. Chiclitz Says:

    Ah the old Game of Threes . . .

    Splendor, Wonder, Terror
    Spans, illuminates, completes
    Moe, Larry, Curly
    Mannie, Moe and Jack

  2. Francis Boyle Says:

    She doesn’t look too happy about holding his pole. Or maybe she has her own pole – its hard to tell. There’s certainly plenty of poles to choose from including the shadow-pole artfully pointed at her head. Why the hell the spaceship isn’t also pole-shaped I can’t tell.

  3. fred Says:

    Barry Manilow’s staff has claws on the end.

  4. Tor Mented Says:

    He’s wondering whether the pole is long enough to smack that pinata.

  5. Tracy Says:

    Except for the figure in the front, who has a serious case of brain-bulge, this cover isn’t bad. I like how the building at the back has a roof that opens out into a fungus. That’s unique.

  6. Daard23 Says:

    Him “I know what I’m doing!”
    Her *sigh* “Can we please just call a plumber?”

  7. JuanPaul Says:

    He almost caught her staring at his butt.

  8. Tat Wood Says:

    A couple of theories:

    a) Stevie Nicks and Lindsay Buckingham decided to make ther own video for ‘Tusk’.
    b) someone misheard the author’s name
    c) someone read the League’s title as ‘Poles-o-Technic’ and designed a snazzy LED-encrusted, aluminium-handgrip-equipped pole.

    Sorry that’s three, but they aren’t mutually-exclusive.

  9. Bruce A Munro Says:

    The spaceship has to land so they can wind up again.

  10. A. R. Yngve Says:

    “Starflung”= A rare lung disease.

  11. Tor Mented Says:

    @Tracy: I think many elements in this painting were inspired by Hieronymus Bosch.

  12. Emster Says:

    Yeah, I kinda like it too…

    @ARY – I’m feeling a bit starf-y today, mebbe I stay home from work tomorrow. Do you think the boss will buy it tho?

  13. Tat Wood Says:

    I knew I’d seen those two somewhere before…

  14. Bruce A Munro Says:

    AR Yngve: contracted by travelling between the starfs?

  15. Bibliomancer Says:

    Oh no. Not another staff meeting.

  16. JJYoyo Says:

    Alien relic hunters came looking for the only two-player didgeridoo in the galaxy

  17. GSS ex-noob Says:

    Not to be confused with “The Storm Book of Earthgate”.

    @Tat: GSS! I agree that they aren’t exclusive, and support 1 and 3.

  18. A. R. Yngve Says:

    “If you loved Didgeridoo Hits, get ready for… Now That’s What I Call Didgeridoo!. Featuring such evergreens as BWWOWWWOWWOWWOWWO…, the smash hit BWWOWWWOWWOWWOWWO…, and the beloved favorite BWWOWWWOWWOWWOWWO…. Buy Now That’s What I Call Didgeridoo! Available in all record shops.”

  19. GSS ex-noob Says:

    So that’s the very low bass digeridoo, obviously.

    That album should also be available via late night TV ads.

    “The starflung Poul Anderson”? I mean, Poul liked a drink now and again, and I was fortunate to share a few with him, but at no point did I ever hear that he was flung either into the stars, or by any stars. Our space technology isn’t that good now for the former, and he was a big guy who could fight, so you’d have needed a whole lot of stars (or more likely their stunt doubles) to fling him at all.

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