Aug 09

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Brittney Comments: A kilt and a skin tight pink body suit? On the same cover? Really?
Published 1986

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: 7.48 out of 10)

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22 Responses to “Methuselah’s Children”

  1. THX 1138 Says:

    Don’t know what that exclamation mark is there for. Actually, seeing what they’re wearing, maybe I do know.

  2. UnravThreads Says:

    Clearly he’s wearing the kilt to hide Lazarus Long.

  3. A.R.Yngve Says:

    Starring Daneel Olivav!

    Starring Paul Atreides!

    Starring anyone who ever was in a Heinlein book!

  4. Smith Says:

    Isn’t that Toyah Wilcox?

    On the right I mean.

    The other one seems to be insisting we shall never take his freedom.

  5. Ric Locke Says:

    However (comma) it at least starts out depicting something in the text.

    Historically, men have been the peacocks and women mostly dowdy. Heinlein was depicting a semi-return to that — at one point, Long and another “manly man” exchange comments on one another’s fingernail polish — but instead of returning to modesty, the women are working hard to keep up. A truly faithful cover would be R-rated at best.

    In the book, the girl isn’t wearing a bodysuit; that’s paint, and she has painted sunburst patterns centered on her nipples and navel. (My reaction at the time was that either the paint was unsmearable and thus difficult to remove or change, or her makeup time in the morning was some hours.) Lazarus Long’s kilt is electric blue; the artist probably made it tartan pattern because otherwise it would just look to most people like a man wearing a skirt.


  6. Tom Noir Says:

    Another sci-fi romp courtesy of Roberta Heinlein!

  7. Don Hilliard Says:

    Jamie off Doctor Who‘s done right well for himself, eh?! (Well, maybe not – the girl in the pink looks positively emaciated. Put down the guns and go find some lunch, “children.”)

    Another one I own and was planning to submit – pipped at the post (no pun intended) twice in a week!

    Artist on this one is John Melo, who did all of the covers for Baen’s Heinlein reprints. This is not the worst or strangest of them.

    And if Phil’s reading – yes, it’s embossed, yes, yes!

  8. SI Says:

    Women: Wow space is COOOOld! You wearing anything under that kilt?

    Man: Only whit th’ guid laird saw fit tae gezz frae birth kimmers!

    Women: … what?

  9. Jami Says:

    It’s his stance I can’t get over. Legs splayed, knees bent, leaning backwards. Makes me wonder how large things are under that kilt.

  10. Smith Says:

    Perhaps in the future they wear their sporrans on the inside…

  11. Don Hilliard Says:

    @Smith: No mention of sporrans, but we know from the book that Lazarus carries a blaster and a big knife under there.

    @Jami: Which probably explains the stance.

  12. Adam Roberts Says:

    Sings: ‘Donald wheer’s your troo-strangerinastrangelands.’

  13. fred Says:

    A kilt, the wrinkliest shirt in the universe, and a skin tight pink body suit.

  14. Kaji Says:

    I can’t tell from this picture, but is this the cover where Lazarus is a brunette instead of a redhead?

  15. Anti-Sceptic Says:

    The ‘N’ and ‘L’ joined together in Heinlein look like they’re specifically pointing down to the title part ‘Methuselah’s Children’. He must need to do that so that we are not distracted by the huge font that is used for his name.

  16. Don Hilliard Says:

    @Kaji: Yup. Though in fairness, I don’t think the text ever mentions the color of Lazarus’ hair (this was the story that introduced him, and I think pre-dated RAH’s fixation on redheads. Not that there’s anything wrong with that – I like them myself.)

  17. Farquarson Says:

    Hi, Jamie McCrimmon in a kilt and Polly wearing Zoe Heriot’s body suit!

  18. Harry Says:

    A sad cover, but accurate insofar as I remember this book.

  19. GSS noob Says:

    Lazarus is going to break that poor wee lassie first time he has sex with her. (Because you know he’s going to.)

    Maybe she’s from the Moon, Mars, or the asteroids, to make her so tall and scrawny.

  20. classicOz Says:

    at least we can be pretty sure there isn’t a plot twist that makes them brother and sister

  21. GSS noob Says:

    Yeah, that comes (har) later.

  22. Calyx Says:

    R.A.H. Pity your illustrator didn’t accord your work the same respect as your initial-brother R. A. Howard.

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