Aug 25

Mister, what I see doesn't bother me, what I smell does. Heard of deodorant?Click for full image

Britney Comments: Oh my god! The eyes!
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: 7.17 out of 10)

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22 Responses to “Between Planets”

  1. RJ Says:

    Judging by the pose of the chap next to the dragon-eye-creature-thing this is clearly a shot from some future clothing catalogue.

    ‘This stylish, easy iron, jumpsuit looks good anywhere and can provide protection for the wearer from the dangers encountered in many alien environments*.

    *May not protect wearer from danger pictured.

  2. Cheralyn Says:

    “so let’s get this straight… you say your Grandfather was named Jar Jar?”

  3. Muttley Says:

    Stephen King taking another opportunity to jump on a better writers bandwagon…..

  4. THX 1138 Says:

    Between opticians, more like.

  5. Herm Says:

    If that isn’t the most adorable thing. I hope it eats the human.

  6. A.R.Yngve Says:

    “Ro-bert… A… Hein-lein? Never heard of… Hey wait — OHMYGOD!! IT’S GOT AN AFTERWORD BY TRAVIS S. TAYLOR, Ph.D!!! Gimme that book!”

  7. A.R.Yngve Says:

    Look forward to other great annotated classics from Baen:

    I, ROBOT
    – Afterword by Henry P. Dinkelstein, Ph.Phys.!

    – With footnotes by Vera F. Olson, Ph.Lit.!

    – Preface by Boris Blank, Ph.Mus.!

  8. SI Says:

    I don’t know about you guys but I never read any afterwords from someone without a Ph.D!

    Travis does get an epic orange star!

  9. Scott B Says:

    This is Heinlein’s little-known crossover with Monty Python…

  10. fred Says:

    When dragons don’t have wings the evolutionary compensation thing gets a little out of hand.

  11. Phil Says:

    Not only excessive eye quantity, but – look closely – too many dragonic forelimbs.

    The title doesn’t appeal. “Between Planets”… that’s just empty space and the occasional speck of space dust, isn’t it?

    As for Travis S. Taylor PhD: I wonder if he might be related to Travis S. “Doc” Taylor, whose website looks, uh, interesting:

  12. jerk of all trades Says:

    The critter looks to have just received some terrible news.


  13. Anti-Sceptic Says:

    The cover artist seems like he was told that his cover looked too much like Anne McCaffery’s covers. So he goes back to the drawing board, and after finishing he exclaims: Let’s see Anne top this!

  14. Joachim Says:

    Ehh, standard Baen fare — i.e. crud////

  15. SteveAsat Says:

    “This had better be good, human! If thou art wasting my time your suffering will be exquisite. All right, I’m watching. Yes, two girls. I have seen many females in my long life, mortal! What is so special about them and their cup? Wait. Are they…. Gah.”

    “LOL. Pwned, n00b.”

  16. scifi-guy Says:

    This is actually a fairly accurate cover. The creature pictured is a Venusian ‘dragon’, who as described has 6 legs and “swiveled one fluttering eyestalk” toward the hero of the story when they meet. It doesn’t have the neck tendrils described in the book however. This juvenile novel was written over 60 years ago, and in many ways shows its age (we now know Venus is not a cloud covered jungle planet, for example) but I recently reread this after many years and Heinlein is still quite readable.

    If one is going to make comments on book coves one should at least read the book to see if it is accurate.

  17. Alessandra Says:

    Mm, yes, but it looks like a muppet.

    Mind you, I adore the muppets. But … I think the art direction might have gone better if it were a little less ridiculous.

  18. David E Says:

    I like it. Not my favorite Eggleton (of whom I’m a huge fan). But still pretty good.

  19. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    @sf-g: begging your pardon, but that beast on the cover appears to have four legs on this side of its body, not three. If it were bilaterally symmetrical along its sagittal plane, we would expect there to be eight legs in toto.

    But considering the abundance of legs on this side of the body, there could be a shortage on the opposite side. Does R. A. H. talk about the Venusian dragon pursuing people round trees, or migrating in a great circle?

  20. Tat Wood Says:

    @sf-g: I’ve read it and Dead Stuff’s right. Sir Isaac Newton (that’s the Venusian’s name, honest) pontificates at great length and expounds on many subjects (it’s a Heinlein juvenile) in what probably seemed a comically fustian and malapropistic way. He’s the archetypal comic-relief foreigner you get sat next to on a long flight and who won’t stop talking. However, while we get a lot of info on how sugar acts on his species the way alcohol does on ours, if he lost a leg it quite slipped his mind. Let’s face it, if he had it would have been in a duel and we’d get almost a whole chapter of flashback and a disquisition on manliness and combat as an evolutionary requisite.

    He makes a ‘hilarious’ cameo at the end of ‘The Number of the Beast’. You have been warned.

  21. anon Says:

    In his newest book, Between Planets with Charley in Search of Popcorn, best-selling author Robert A Heinlein takes us on an interplanetary journey to Venus with his dog, Charley. In this faithfully recorded travel-log of their daily experiences, happenstances and musings, readers will experience the marvels of space journey exactly as it happened and get to learn valuable and practical, real-life lessons such as how to pack provisions for the trip. Read the insightful descriptions and characterizations of the everyday life, stories and lifestyles of the common people our favourite science fiction writer and his dog meet along the way and rediscover the true natural beauty of our Solar System.

    “Not only America’s premier writer of speculative fiction, but the greatest writer of documentary travel journals within the Solar System.” — Stephen King

    * Includes foreword by Jack Nicklaus, Pg.A., and wayword by Hunter S. Thompson, Ls.D. *

  22. Perry Armstrong Says:

    “Hey, I’m, er, between planets right now. Can you spare a few bucks?”

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