Jul 27

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Scott Comments: A novel of the epic conflict between Man-Tiger and SCUBA-Horse!
Published 1978

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: 8.89 out of 10)

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30 Responses to “Quest of the Three Worlds”

  1. jerk of all trades Says:

    Welp, now that flying man-tiger is going to be appearing in my nightmares.

  2. Tom Noir Says:

    Early concept art for Avatar?

  3. SI Says:

    I do believe, this is the most epic battle anyone has and will imagine in life.

    Linebarger you genius bastard.

  4. THX 1138 Says:

    I don’t think the tiger is jumping, I think it’s falling. Look at the pleading expression in its eyes!

  5. Adam Roberts Says:

    Of course Justice is not just another name for Revenge! Obviously Justice is another name for ‘Floating Man-Tiger and Scuba-Horse Meet on Crystal Hill’.

  6. AwieUltra Says:

    Ah yes, I remember that drug, too.

  7. Phil Says:

    I can’t actually see the join, but I’m convinced that’s merely a small man DRESSED as a tiger. The horse, however, is most definitely a scuba diver. The artist has done his research: see how a horse needs THREE oxygen tanks, as opposed to the standard two required by humans.

  8. Chris Says:

    How did I miss this literary gem?? Also, the tiger’s face looks like John Scalzi.

  9. Simon Says:

    The only possible justification for this cover (and even that’s going some) is that that scene appears in the book. In which case; why haven’t I read this book?

  10. Simon Says:

    Which might mean the cover has worked.
    *Is thoroughly confused*

  11. AceofSpace Says:

    Wait…so why does the horse need the scuba equipment? As far as I can see the scene doesn’t take place under water and the tiger is breathing just fine.

    So why is the horse a scuba diver, why, why is this detail the one that bugs me the most?

  12. Al Says:

    My goodness–it’s Congressman Wu!

  13. fred Says:

    The only review at Amazon on this book with this cover contains the following – “Chicken planet? What?”.
    My life will be forever empty knowing a chicken planet cover was never brought into being.

  14. Smith Says:

    That 40 a day habit had left Champion the Wonder Horse with crippling emphysema.

  15. Tom Noir Says:

    Mr. Ed: The Next Generation

  16. Scott B Says:

    I had remembered basically nothing from when I read the book, but after a glance through I can confirm that the scene is in the book, but as expected is less interesting than it appears.

    The man-tiger is a tiger version of the intelligent Underpeople in C. Smith’s books. The horse is just an ordinary horse, and is wearing the mask because the air is too thin on this planet to breathe (I don’t know why the man-tiger doesn’t have one). And the man-tiger is trying to jump across the chasm to rescue the horse, which is trapped on that crystal cliff (the horse, naturally, is freaked out by the man-tiger and just trying to stay away from him).

    The man-tiger is surprisingly similar to the book’s description: not a very human-like form, with “his ears on top of his head, yellow and black fur over his face, huge incisors overlapping his lower jaw and enormous antenna-like whiskers sticking out from his moustache.”

    And now thanks to Fred I have to keep skimming the book in order to find this “chicken planet”… Seriously, what?

  17. Scott B Says:

    Ah, chicken planet, yes. “Cackle gabble, gabble cackle, man, man, man, eat them, eat them!”

  18. Dalton H. Says:

    Watch out, Rocketeer Stallion, Snarf is going to attack!

  19. Anti-Sceptic Says:

    Is the tiger leaping at a scuba-horse, or has the horse been watching too many Fast And Furious movies and thinks he can run faster if he straps on some NOS?

    And the tiger….He looks like he just ate a little boy and the boy is crying out to the horse to save him, or it’s a kid in his Halloween costume thinking that he has acquired new powers by putting on said-costume and is playing King-of-the-Hill with a horse determined to prove to the kid that HE is actually “king of the hill”….whew, talk about run-on!

  20. J-P Voilleque Says:

    Remember kids, SCUBA horse says not to get hooked on nitrous oxide. I did, and look where I ended up – trapped on a crystal cliff with this mother lovin’ tigerman trying to “help” me.

  21. SteveAsat Says:


    If I was GM-ing this encounter, I’d give Mantiger a small bonus to stick his landing because he’s got tiger claws. Then I’d tack on a massive penalty because they’ll do him zero good landing on a glass surface. In fact, judging by his angle and the look on his face, I think Tigerman just rolled a big fumble.

    Wait, if the air’s so thin Scooby needs an oxygen tank, how is that river of fire staying alight?

  22. A.R.Yngve Says:

    Note to man-tiger: Do NOT leap against razor-sharp cliffs without protective paw gear.

  23. The Tag Wizard Says:

    Long overdue a TING!

  24. HappyBookwyrm Says:

    I keep coming back to this cover again and again and it never stops being hilarious/awesome/totally ludicrous that this is on a book. I love science fiction and fantasy because it showcases so wonderfully the ability of the human brain to come up with stuff like this…and then make other people really, really want to read it…

  25. Jaouad Says:

    Man-tiger: I CAN HAZ JUSTIS?

  26. rev Says:

    The horse really needs to be wearing flippers for this scene to be believable.

  27. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    So…which worlds do you fancy are being quested? I’m thinking Circus World, Neuron World, and Asylum World, but there’s enough to choose from.

  28. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @27: Neither man-tiger nor scuba horse would like Neuron World or Asylum World. But they’d fit right in to the parade on Circus World. I think they’d like it. Probably get jobs there.

  29. Tor Mented Says:

    This cover is so endearingly goofy that I don’t have the heart to make fun of it. I suspect that the artist didn’t have much of a “feel” for sci-fi and was just paying the bills while hoping something better would come along.

  30. Longtime_Lurker Says:

    Scott @16 was pretty close–the scene is in the book, sort of. Actually, the bits of the scene are in the book, just not assembled as they are on the cover. The man-tiger is indeed trying to rescue the horse. The horse is a real, very old horse, a pet basically, that has been rendered immortal by one of the fabulously wealthy denizens of Norstrilia. Its heart is failing and it lives in a satellite. It’s given a chamber with supplemental oxygen to make up for its failing heart, and it is given dreams of having adventures on the sand planet Mizzer. It is also given a roster of space cadets to ride it. In the satellite. This is Cordwainer Smith, after all.

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