Mar 31

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Paul Comments: Space. Brain. Ass.
Published 1971 (maybe)

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: 8.44 out of 10)

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30 Responses to “The Dark Light Years”

  1. THX 1138 Says:

    It’s like gazing into the sky on a summer’s day! You see shapes in the cloud, like I can see a finger going to scratch the arse, and there’s a dog’s head in the top left.

  2. SI Says:

    When brains fart in space.

  3. Tom Noir Says:

    I’m glad I’m not the only one who sees a butt on that thing.

    Was this a prequel to The Wet Dry Years?

  4. A.R.Yngve Says:

    Finally, an editor who dares to think that legibility is overrated!

  5. A.R.Yngve Says:

    “This is your brain on ass. Any questions?”

  6. A.R.Yngve Says:

    Now I remember what I hated most about the 70s… those awful print T-shirts.

  7. Phil Says:

    This is one of the worst covers I’ve seen. Not in a “good show, sir” sense, but in a “don’t waste my time” sense. It cries out for a £1.09 price sticker, just to make it interesting.

    Did the artist misread? Is that Brain his/her attempt to represent Brian? I think we should be told.

  8. Phil Says:

    PS: Surely another one that deserves the FONT PROBLEMS tag.

  9. The Tag Wizard Says:

    Sorry Phil! The font was over-shadowed by the huge space ass and brain 😛

  10. Adam Roberts Says:

    Yes the font! Some designer somewhere sat down and thought: ‘hmm, the name “Aldiss”, when spelled out in regular letters, does not look sufficently like “AiPiss” for may taste. Let’s see what I can do …’

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  12. A.R.Yngve Says:

    What the %&¤# is “HE DARK LGHT YFARS”???

  13. ApaLLing Says:

    I submitted this one in Edmonton Canada. It’s so seventies the pages are orange shag carpet.

    Looking for more!

  14. Dear Prudynce Says:

    It took me awhile to see the butt, but now that I see it, I can’t unsee it.

  15. Dalton H. Says:

    In space, no one can hear your brain farts.

  16. Joachim Says:

    Oh gosh, the aliens in the book do fart a lot… and frolic in mud (farting)… I’m not kidding. At all. It’s the entire premise — the farting bit being you know, not cool for humans, a point of contention…

  17. arch9enius Says:

    They stole Dubyas brain. You can tell cos it looks to be on fire

  18. FeärófMùsic Says:

    Who needs hallucinigens when you have insomnia and GSS?
    Once around the sun… t minus whenever it feels right… hey, kid, are ya goin my way? Jesus on the dashboard.

    Mayhaps I shall just lie quietly beneath the kitchen sink now. The dark light years will never think to look for me there.

  19. B. Chiclitz Says:

    Psst, hey, Tag-W: I think there’s a Facetree in that brain.

  20. The Tag Wizard Says:

    Good catch, Mr C. Noted. Have a complimentary “hunkbutt” for your troubles.

  21. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    @BC, TW: Lucky stiff. I’m partial to hunkbutt myself…but I could never eat a whole one…it always gives me gas… 😀

  22. B. Chiclitz Says:

    @T-Wiz, Dead Stuff: how is hunkbutt best served? I’m thinking a nice marinade of methane vinegar and pureed space brain for one lunar cycle, then irradiate with cosmic ray stellar winds for 45 minutes and serve over hot lava-butter tentacle noodles? Might help with the gas factor, though that’s a bit nebulous.

    Think this recipe might qualify for the big time? Certainly has no regard for the immediate consequences.

  23. Bibliomancer Says:

    Another Brain Aldiss book. I’m beginning to see a pattern.

  24. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    History’s only known portrait of Mrs. Biggus Dickus.

  25. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    @B’mancer: I’m rather particular about my hunkbutt. I like it either hot or cool. Unfortunately, it’s usually served either ‘frigid’ or ‘flaming’, depending on the establishment. And Space Hunkbutt, what with the absolute vacuum and the cosmic microwave background, tends to be both!

  26. FearöfMușic Says:

    @DSWBT-I was recently in Atlanta, and if I recall correctly, the local cuisine dictates barbecued hunkbutt served on cornbread with a side of space brains with hominy. Or was it chitlins? Personally I prefer the New Orleans style hunkbutt gumbo.

  27. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    @FoM: in Southeastern America, who would have the hunkbutt? What with all the reddened necks available? 😉

  28. GSS noob Says:

    @DSWBT: the hunkbutts are much larger than the necks, and therefore more economical. Also better marbling. Duh.

  29. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    @GSS interrogator: regional specialty vs. economy of scale? I think you can guess where my tastes would lie! 😉

  30. GSS noob Says:

    I suspect BOTH are regional specialties — you’d probably have to cook them differently, which could prove an interesting comparison.

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