Jan 12

Chasity Belts get a little more deadly in the future...Click for full image

Greengerg Comments: Bringing new meaning to the phrase alien probe.
Published 1977

Many thanks to Green!

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: 8.94 out of 10)

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23 Responses to “Looters of Tharn”

  1. SI Says:

    The future is going to be so helpful, we’ll have robots to help and guide couples during their first time together.

  2. Tea and Tomes Says:

    Everyone loves a good tentacle rape!

  3. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    This is the most ridiculous game of lawn darts ever played in Dimension X.

  4. A.R.Yngve Says:

    This is the kind of derogatory sexism that’s so typical of SF and Fantasy book covers. Always — always! — the female protagonist is depicted as dressed and in charge, while the objectified male “ankle clinger” is shown as scantily clad, naked and menaced by robots.

    That’s why almost no men read SF or Fantasy.

  5. Adam Roberts Says:

    I particularly like the painted red fingernails on the robot tentacles. That’s a robot who cares about its appearance.

  6. A.R.Yngve Says:

    In Sweden, we get 2 dimensions more (Dimensions “Ö” and “Ä”) than you!
    Nyah nyah! ;-P

  7. Kris Says:

    @Adam Roberts Are you sure those aren’t tongues? For the…you know…

    @A.R.Yngve Agreed, we as men should step up from under the shoes of opression – we are not just objects to be ogled at on book covers!

  8. Evad Says:

    Maybe it makes more sense after reading #18 – Warlords Of Gaikon?
    Or #3 – Jewel of Tharn? Just glad they didn’t show the jewels on this cover.

  9. Dalton H. Says:

    Who knew Blade the vampire hunter wrote?

  10. A.R.Yngve Says:

    “19 Heroic Fantasy Series” it says on the top… so “Richard Blade” is obviously Paul Hardcastle’s pen name.

  11. THX 1138 Says:

    Is this the same Richard Blade as top transatlantic voiceover man and DJ Richard Blade? You can be as naked as you like when no one can see you.

  12. Phil Says:

    The tentacled robot-thing at least has a happy face: eyes like Wimpy from Popeye, a bright red nose, and an odd drooping moustache.

    Is time-space the same as spacetime? Did Einstein know about it?

    This is the first novel I’ve heard of where characters travel to a popular 1950s radio series.

    Oh yes, and something odd is going on with the lady’s, er, bosoms. Either she has only one, or only one is covered. Hooters of Tharn, perhaps…

    Best cover of 2011 so far!

  13. Zycrow Says:

    “Honey, I thought the travel agent said there were no Rape-O-Bots in Dimension X!”

    “This is Dimension X? Oh, golly, I thought the sign said Dimension G! Oh, well, you better show him your – why are you naked?”

    “I thought clothes were outlawed in Dimension X!”

    “That’s Dimension E! Did you even graduate from Future School?”

  14. Dalton H. Says:

    Noticed something. Crappy sci-fi/fantasy books is $1.25 as infomercial products is to $19.95.

  15. A.R.Yngve Says:

    And I take my hat off to you all, for the excellent riffs that made me laugh a lot.

  16. Brian Says:

    I’ve been waiting for someone to submit something from this series. All the covers are exactly as awful/great as this. (Yes, I admit to reading the series. But it was the 70’s- I was young and foolish. Now I read bad scifi/fantasy cover websites.)

  17. anon Says:

    Tentacle porn FTW!

  18. nicholas gourlay Says:

    I agree with A.R. Yngve. I still can not get over the fact that that man is bare-assed. Maybe that woman is blessed to have that metal monster show up.

  19. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    I finally got round to Wikipaedia this one. I find the article rather droll:

    ‘Richard Blade is an adult fantasy pulp novel series…

    ‘…The novels were also released as audio books…’

    ‘…Richard Blade was distinctly British…’

    No doubt, they were also distinctly British audio books. 🙂

  20. Sangelia Says:

    As well as the Blade books had him as the hero who could fight to a standstill any enemy with almost nothing in his hands.

  21. Anna T. Says:

    Time-space is probably the same thing as spacetime. It just sounds stupid. Now, putting it as “time AND space” sounds cool, as does the reverse. “Space and time” even works in the same contexts!

    Mind you, when you’re being assailed naked by a spaceship with red-taloned tentacles, that may not be the first thing on your mind.

  22. Tom Noir Says:

    At a brief glance I thought the title said “Lobsters of Tharn,” which you have to admit sounds pretty amazing.

  23. DaveM Says:

    @Tom Noir, you could make it a spin off of this series and create the ultimate bad pulp books!

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