Sep 12

Corgi Books: Look What the Dog Dragged In

Good Show Sir Comments: People in Space? Wasted oppotunity not selling this title as Dogs In Space.

Published 1968

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: 5.89 out of 10)

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13 Responses to “Deadly Litter”

  1. Tat Wood Says:

    Drat! I found this in Cardiff on Friday and was about to send it to you.

    The main story’s like that bit in the Italian animated film ‘Allegro Ma Non Troppo’ where an entire civilisation evolves from a discarded Coke can left by an astronaut.

    The cover looks alike a detail from an astronomy-themed child’s wallpaper.

  2. Bruce A Munro Says:

    “People in Space.”

    Just clarifying, in case “science fiction” and the astronaut on the cover don’t ring any bells.

    The objects floating behind him are somewhat unclear in nature: is that a space station, or a fancy hubcap? The other two are even more ambiguous.

  3. Max Bathroom Says:

    “How the hell am I supposed to smoke my space chillun in a spacesuit?”

  4. fred Says:

    This title deserves to be on a Baen Kzinti book.

  5. Ryan Says:

    What exactly is the title? “People in Space”, or “Deadly Litter”, or just possibly “4 Science Fiction Stories”? Or is this a Choose Your Own Adventure novel? Or maybe the titles of two of the four stories?

  6. B. Chiclitz Says:

    It’s a good thing we’ve evolved beyond the era of cheap ethnic jokes or this cover would be screaming:

    My name Jose Jimenez

  7. GSS ex-noob Says:

    It’s not font problems, but the blurb/name/title part still manages to be confusing.

    @Bruce: The thing on the right appears to be some sort of flashlight/mortar combo shooting out a moon. Or one of those annoying cup/ball toys that’s trying to catch the moon.

    Object on left is a partially broken hubcap (it doesn’t have enough bits on the exterior to be a space station), and the one behind the title… well, best not mention it, amirite?

    @BC: But in 1968, it would be absolutely au fait. I’ll allow it.

    @fred: GSS! Volume #XXXXVIII.

  8. Leak Says:

    I guess the title should have been “People in space without propulsion are deadly litter”…

    PSA: “And that, kids, is why we don’t throw people out the airlock while in orbit…”

  9. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @Leak: This message has been brought to you by the Council for Keeping Low Orbit Clean.

    “Deadly Litter” reminds me it’s time to change the cat box.

  10. Bruce A Munro Says:

    @GSS ex-noob: bet this cat has some pretty deadly litter.

  11. Hammy Says:


    When I read the title, that’s what I thought of – if the litter is deadly, you’ve left it unscooped far too long. My late Murdoch would just poop in the master bathtub if that happened….

  12. Emster Says:

    Cover art switcheroo!

  13. Tat Wood Says:

    Typical! Let the Yanks play and they fill the thread with cat pictures. White was from Belfast so ‘litter’ was the least ambiguous word for discarded items – ‘refuse’ would look like a verb and calling a story ‘Deadly Garbage’, ‘Deadly Trash’ or ‘Deadly Waste’ was giving critics and people like us an open goal.
    That was a Public Information Film So was that.

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