Aug 16

Time to go extinct

Tor Mented Comments: My Favorite Martian has just about had enough of Barney’s sh!t.

You might remember this from here.

Published 1990

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: 4.45 out of 10)

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11 Responses to “The Hand of Zei”

  1. Tat Wood Says:

    With eyes on either side, can Dinosaur Jr even see the sword in front of him at that proximity?

  2. Ryan Says:

    “Hands off, Barney – it’s MY turn to steer the ship!”

  3. Steve S Says:

    You know, I know, we all know. That’s a man in a dino suit. Look at the legs.
    But why?

  4. GSS ex-noob Says:

    The fonts gave away the publisher immediately. There is simply no excuse for that Z. It detracts from the goofy look on the dino-mite’s face, and the dude’s antennae.

    These books are goofy fun, so the illustration isn’t as bad as it seems.

    @Tor: GSS for the find and the comment.

    @Steve S: They couldn’t afford puppetry or CGI?

    It might be some sex thing, and I am not here to judge what a skinny person in a dino suit and a guy with antennae get up to in private.

    Alternately, antenna-man may just hate whatever you call dino furries. Or @Tor’s comment could be it.

    I must correct myself, I probably did read it in the previously-seen cover, but not on a bus. Didn’t keep it for long as I don’t recall seeing it in the house in recent decades. Maybe a library book, maybe I bought it at Walden Books in the mall and traded it to the used bookstore for 1/4 of a different book.

  5. Emster Says:

    Wow, looking at both covers, I would never have guessed that it was the same book, and the more recent publication is seriously Barney-Baen-y… speaking of recycling, I’m going to do the same:

    One night, in the Sprague de Camp household:
    Lyman: Dad! Tell us a story about aliens!
    Gerard: No! I want a story about dinosaurs!
    Lyman: Aliens!
    Gerard: Dinosaurs!
    Lyman: UFO’s!
    Gerard: Dinos!
    Dad: Guys, guys! Settle down now… Get ready for a story about a young swashbucklin’ tyrranosaurus and his crusty ship captain – an alien time traveller in disguise!
    Kids: WTF?

  6. Bruce A Munro Says:

    GSS, @Tor.

    “No! Wait, it’s me, the Osirian ambassador! I was hit by the kawaii ray!”

  7. fred Says:

    Yes, ‘HMS Pinafore’ would have been greatly improved by the addition of a pantomime dinosaur.

  8. Max Bathroom Says:

    I am the very model of an ancient dinosaurus
    I sing like I’ve swallowed whole a great big thesaurus…

  9. Hammy Says:

    @BAM (#6):

    Hm. I thought the Osirian ambassador had a forked tongue and hypnotic/mind powers. I-was-A-Teenage-Favorite-Martian doesn’t have the required little silver skullcap necessary to ward off said powers.

    de Camp’s “The Inspector’s Teeth” was one of the first SF stories I remember reading….

  10. Bruce A Munro Says:

    @Hammy: well, from what I recall the Favored Martian had a whole swiss army knife’s worth of odd powers (basically, whatever the plot demanded), so immunity from telepathic hypnosis wouldn’t be surprising.

  11. B. Chiclitz Says:

    “Hey, honest boss, put down that sword. I was just kidding when I said you’re starting to look like Eddie Munster.”

    “Well, ok then . . .”

    “I meant Ralph Nader!”

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