Feb 28

I discovered a new planet... oh joy... Click for full image

Diggler Comments: Welcome to the planet of the Cave Aliens.
Published 1975

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: 6.33 out of 10)

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14 Responses to “The World Menders”

  1. THX 1138 Says:

    This isn’t one of those ventriloquist acts, is it?

  2. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    Well, how would YOU look if your space helmet came with such an old-fashioned ‘do on the helmet?

  3. Alessandra Kelley Says:

    I don’t see how the helmet works, frankly. And what’s with the hard-plastic plate-ruffles on the astronaut’s shoulders? They get in the way and would be terribly fragile and vulnerable.

    Or … Is he some kind of space-clown?

    And where does the Neanderthal come in?

  4. Tom Noir Says:

    Lloyd Biggle (jr.) had quite a run of covers, didn’t he?

    I like this one. Some books hide the fact that they’re going to be boring behind exciting covers. Here, though, they’ve put the boredom right up front!

  5. Yoss Says:

    I guess I encounter the word “menders” infrequently enough that my brain initially tried to turn it into some kind of nonsensical verb.

    “Do you have the report on planetary conditions?”

    “Mendering has increased by 25%, sir.”

    stupid brain.

  6. fred Says:

    I can date cave boy somewhere between the PostGanja and PreVisine epochs.

  7. Phil Says:

    Yoss: I agree, but the whole thing re-phrases it self in my stupid brain:

    THE MIND BOGGLES, by Lloyd Menders, Jr.

    This cover almost counts for a “behind you!”, but if spaceman can’t sense that caveman is there, he doesn’t deserve any assistance from the audience.

    I wonder whether this is drawn to scale. Were neanderthals really that big? And is red-eye what drove them to extinction? I think we should be told.

  8. SI Says:

    “So Johnson got himself a new space ship.”
    “Uh huh.”
    “That’s nice.”

  9. A.R.Yngve Says:

    “They were the most bored people in the universe — but together they became

  10. Robert Carnegie Says:

    It is quite an interesting book… at least, I think so; it’s been a while. The dominant planet culture keeps these neanderthal gnome critters as slaves or worse, but is it a case of human or animal rights, and is it anyone else’s business?

    I’m not sure why the giant termite mounds, though.

  11. Anti-Sceptic Says:

    The world menders are the odd couple? Really?

  12. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    ‘I am the law…environmental impact compliance law, actually…’

  13. Anna T. Says:

    So . . . castle, spaceships, oddly-dressed astronaut, Neanderthal . . .

    The astronaut’s not actually an astronaut! He’s a model from the future!
    Explains why he looks so bored, at least.

    And on that note, the Neanderthal was probably brought to the future by time travellers. He’s probably lived there for a while. Long enough to find everything there boring, at least.

  14. A.R.Yngve Says:

    “Yeah, typical.”
    “Wanna go to space or something?”
    “Space, huh.”
    “Don’t get me started.”

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