Mar 01

Air head

Marvin comments: Take off your helmet he said. I’ll bet this planet’s air is perfectly breathable.

Published 1967

You might remember this from here.

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: 6.57 out of 10)

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15 Responses to “Slave Ship”

  1. Bruce Alexander Munro Says:

    I wish to complain about the slave I purchased for my ship.

    Ah yes, the Norwegian Pilot. What’s wrong with him?

    I’ll tell you what’s wrong with him, my lad. ‘E’s dead, that’s what’s wrong with him!

    No, no, ‘e’s uh,…he’s resting.

    Look, matey, I know a dead slave when I see one, and I’m looking at one right now.

    He’s probably pining for the fjords.

  2. Tor Mented Says:

    When the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie, that’s a morte.

  3. fred Says:

    Death wears a helmet while riding a horse even though you can’t see the horse otherwise you wouldn’t get the first Death in the Discworld moon.


  4. A. R. Yngve Says:

    Yep, nothing makes people think of sci-fi like a good skull. That’s why STAR WARS was such a hit – skulls everywhere.

  5. NomadUK Says:

    Ahrrrr … well, as ye know, the airlock rules is more what you’d call ‘guidelines’ than actual rules.

  6. B. Chiclitz Says:

    This cover doesn’t exactly generate much commentary. I’d say the pilot has a nose for adventure, but he doesn’t have a nose, does he? A little long in the tooth, perhaps?

    At least @Tor M manages to get a GSS!

  7. Max Bathroom Says:

    Is it just me, or does it look like his visor would have been too low for his nose, when he still had a nose?
    Small wonder he cut his face off if his helmet didn’t fit properly…

  8. GSS ex-noob Says:

    Minor GSS to all, with an especial GSS to @Tor.

    You’d think when the slaves become skeletons, they’d keep the suit for the next one. Patch it up, don’t leave it floating around in space.

    Wonder if this was supposed to be a horror novel and at the last minute, the moon and helmet were added. Which might explain @Max B’s observation. And the fact that the previous cover seems to have something to do with the plot.

    Not many comments, but quality — the first 3 were a GSS pun, a Discworld reference, and a Python reference.

  9. Emster Says:

    For me it was the teeth – the eye teeth are roundish rather than canine so now I’ve got questions which dead end at the unknown artist… Turns out this book has been reprinted with no fewer than 9 covers, aaaaaand you might remember it from here as a very early offering on GSS:

  10. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @Emster: All the teeth are about the same size and shape. So whatever it is, it isn’t a human, nor any of the critters on the other cover, which all have canines.

    Also, while it was involved in space travel, there were no orthodontists available. And frankly, I’m wondering about its cranial capacity, but we can’t see all the helmet.

    Is that a hockey helmet?! Canadians, please advise.

  11. Emster Says:

    My guess is tactical helmet. That open nose visor would do nothing to protect against slapshots, high sticks, skate to the face, fall on ice, getting checked into the boards… Hockey helmet visor is more of a shield. Also, we’re talkin’ 1967, visors were optional (heck, helmets were optional…)

  12. Tat Wood Says:

    The artist may be anonymous but we can see the culprit, and the klieg lights, reflected in the visor. A sort of immortality, I suppose.

  13. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @Emster: I barely remember those days. Of all sports, hockey most needs helmets and visors, and yet they were the last to get them. Also, the skull has way too many teeth to be a 1967 hockey player.

    Can’t be a motorcycle helmet, those are still optional many places.

    @Tat: Well-spotted. Let’s get one of those sci-fi infinite magnifying gizmos to reveal the culprit. This is obviously on a soundstage. Someone sneaking onto the 2001 set in the middle of the night, or the B-movies made famous by Ed Wood? (I’m thinking the latter)

  14. Max Bathroom Says:

    Ed Wood would surely have had a far less convincing skull and a cheaper looking helmet, though…

  15. GSS ex-noob Says:


    True. Perhaps Sam Arkoff then?

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