Aug 24

Sauron and friends - age 12Click for full image

Bookworm Bas Comments: I prefer the other ‘The Star Beast’ cover. Aside from the background and the questionable suit coloring at least the artist got the lummox roughly right; on the other hand maybe it is better to have the reader use thier own imagination.
Published 1971

Many thanks to Bookworm!

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: 7.91 out of 10)

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16 Responses to “The Star Beast”

  1. Tommi Says:

    Just one question: Which is the star beast, the three eyed-worm-building or the butterfly?

    Anyhow, I guess the following sentence does not appear in the book: “I didn’t see that coming …”

  2. cutmanmike Says:

    The star beast, defender of all butterflies

  3. SI Says:

    Not terrible… but it would certainly get you a few looks on public transport.

    Is it worth $6 though?

  4. Tom Noir Says:

    My guess is that what happens is that whenever an editor notes that the title is “The Star Beast”, they just say “Smith, pull some artwork out of the cover art file. Doesn’t matter what, just make sure it has some kind of freaky-deaky alien thing going on.”

    And Smith goes, “FINALLY, a chance to unload that bizarre eyeball-arches piece!”

  5. Simon Says:

    He looks close to tears. The poor little thing.

  6. A.R.Yngve Says:

    Mars… needs… EYEDROPS!

  7. Adam Roberts Says:

    Aye, aye, aye!

  8. Adam Roberts Says:

    ‘E looks armless.

  9. Mark V Thomas Says:

    Re:A.R Yngve’s Comment
    As well as Contact Lenses, methinks…?

  10. A.R.Yngve Says:

    Alternate titles to go with the cover:


  11. John T Says:

    The Stare-Out of the Worlds?

  12. A.R.Yngve Says:

    At the very last minute, humanity is saved by trachoma.

  13. SI Says:

    I bet he was bullied at school.

    AR how about:

    The Stare East

  14. anon Says:

    @SI, The Stare Abreast

  15. Morgan C Says:

    I still think Darryl Sweet did the best cover for it.

  16. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    Looks quite firmly rooted to me, not aerial at all.

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