Jul 01

Ah ha, best me in combat?!? My eyebrows say otherwise!Click for full image

Mickey Comments: Yeeeaaaah. I’m all that. What else do you need to know?
Published 2008

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: 6.35 out of 10)

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25 Responses to “Space Vulture”

  1. THX 1138 Says:

    He’s so arch he can arch his eyebrow while wearing a cartoon vulture logo – for all we know he’s standing in an actual arch. He’s probably arching his back as well. Created by an archbishop too. Arch, is what I’m saying.

  2. Jonesey Says:

    Woah! He can arch his arm the wrong way too!

  3. Pat Says:

    The Wolfe quote implies that the narrative style is rather archaic, as well.

  4. Phil Says:

    Gary K. Wolf, the creator of Roger Rabbit! (Not Gary K. Wolfe, the SF critic.)

    I fear the Gene Wolfe quotation has been taken out of context:

    I’m sure some people will READ IT, AND HAVE A THRILLING ADVENTURE THAT WOULD HAVE BEEN SERIALIZED IN PLANET STORIES, while the rest of us will toss it aside as outdated, derivative junk.

    Not that I’m pre-judging, mind.

  5. Dave Van Domelen Says:

    Aggressively faux-retro.

  6. Jane Says:

    What’s that critter on his chest? Goth Hello Kitty? Hello Cthulu?

    …a thrillling adventure that might possibly have been serialized in “Planet Stories” or some other simliar publication of the Golden Era of pulp science fiction like “Amazing Stories,” “Astounding Stories,” “Cosmic Stories,”or “Startling Stories.” Or not.

  7. Jane Says:

    That guy’s the archbishop of Newark, NJ. That explains a great deal.

  8. Queen Khentkawes Says:

    Pooh! I was just at the zoo on Saturday, and the peacock was scarier than this guy.

  9. fred Says:

    A young John Noble starring in “Henry V in Space”.

  10. Zycrow Says:

    It’s actually a veiled commentary on the author’s opinions of the pope.

  11. arch9enius Says:

    He’s going for the Spock eyebrow thing, but it’s coming across as Tony Hawks. The guy who went round Ireland with a fridge, not the guy who went round in circles on a piece of wood.

  12. Smith Says:

    Either this chap has had a stroke, or its a still from “When Facelifts Go Wrong”

  13. Adam Roberts Says:

    The Gene Wolfe blurb is a carcrash, though, isn’t it? ‘read a story that would have been serialised in Planet Stories‘ makes me mentally add ‘…would have, if only it hadn’t been such rubbish.’

  14. arch9enius Says:

    I think he’s saying do those things consecutively, and then compare the two.

  15. A.R.Yngve Says:

    Shouldn’t archbishops be writing books like A Case of Conscience or even Behold the Man instead??

  16. Mike Hax Says:

    Space Vulture, a novel starring George Hamilton!

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  18. Dalton H. Says:

    Oh Sci Fi, when it was Sci Fi instead of Sy Fy.

  19. Anti-Sceptic Says:

    I must be old….Isn’t it still Sci Fi?

  20. Jami Says:

    @AS – No, a few years ago SciFi channel changed their name to SyFy. That’s also when they started showing things like professional wrestling. Though that finally seems to be gone. (The woman who used to be in charge HATED science fiction so she was forever putting on non-scifi programing.)

  21. DukeAllen Says:

    He looks like George Hamilton. I was hoping for a sequel to the classic “Love at First Bite”.

  22. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    I knew that I had seen his logo somewhere…

  23. anon Says:

    Whether villain or a hero, a nom de guerre of “Space Vulture” and a cartoon logo will make you look ridiculous.

  24. GSS noob Says:

    Smirky McSmug, party of one.
    (He’s so superior, he doesn’t need anyone else)

    I love how the first Amazon review said they bought it at a dollar store — didn’t make a whole lot of dough for Syfy, did it?

    Do click on the Goodreads reviews, which contain such gems as “Pretty much what you would expect from space pulp fiction written by an archbishop”, “backpfeifengesicht”, and another reference to the dollar stores which seem to have been this book’s major sales channel.

  25. Ray P Says:

    It must make John Wright green with envy.

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