Jul 10

Space has never been so fabulous!Click for full image

Joachim Comments: Although borne in space, Ken still liked to go into towne centre and strut his special pants in front of the shoppes…
Published 1959

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 “Space-Borne”

  1. Smith Says:

    Coo-ee! Space fleet’s in and I’m all oiled n ready to go!

    Is that a rocket or are you just pleased to see me?

    Oh it is a rocket.

  2. Sophaloaf Says:

    I see that polyester pants are all the rage in space. How….er…sweaty….?

  3. Smith Says:

    And what does MBIS stand for?

    The list of acronyms at the free dictionary suggests these among others:

    Mobility Bag Inventory System
    Model Based Information System
    Multiplex Bus Interface Specification

  4. chuffmunky Says:

    MBIS is probably Macho Bear In Space.

    wow, the author is, or was a priest!

  5. Lilah Says:

    At first I wondered if this was a recently-published book giving a knowing wink to pulp covers. The guy looks much more recent than his background, what with his highlighted, muscular torso.

  6. SI Says:

    I hate to say this, but that model may not have marginally been wearing those trousers! Some sort of …. photoshop of 1959 seems to have messed with his hips!

  7. Sophaloaf Says:

    SI, That only makes it better. It’s like a happy homemaker took the picture from her trouser sewing pattern package in an attempt to restore decency in the world.

  8. Joachim Says:

    Definitely not a new book — Badger books is a nefariously bad late 50s and early 60s imprint — almost all of their catalogue was written by R. L. Fanthorpe (and under about 15 publisher chosen pseudonyms). He wrote each in about a week (check the sci-fi encyclopedia if you don’t believe me) for ~20$s each.

  9. Joachim Says:

    Urgh, I forgot to spell Town with an E — Ken still liked to go into town[e] centre and strut his special pants in front of the shopp[e]s.

  10. Tom Noir Says:

    Before there was Baen Books…

  11. THX 1138 Says:

    Geez, that was a close shave considering the speed and trajectory of that rocket.

  12. imani Says:

    The lovely home maker made his pants too tight.

    Also, what is that yellow miasma flowing from the earth?

    I feel that these 2 things are linked.

  13. Phil Says:

    I thought that was Action Man for a minute, then I saw that the hands and arm joints weren’t quite right. I agree that this looks like a modern parody of old crap SF, rather than genuine old crap SF. The designer was clearly ahead of his time.

  14. fred Says:

    Glancing at the titles of his books this cover could be appropriate for about half of them at least.

  15. Adam Roberts Says:

    There’s a reason why Jason Borne became an amnesiac …

  16. Tom Noir Says:

    “Earthmen in name only?” Who the heck refers to themselves as ‘earthmen’?? If I was to refer to myself as a species, I would say ‘human’. Of course, I’m not an ultra-buff dude wearing super-tight polyester pants, so what do I know.

  17. Dead Earthman With Big Teeth Says:

    Just to the right of the trousers–you can’t miss it–it reads ‘two feet’. It’s clearly labeled.

    Stop looking at me like that! It’s not my fault I read the title as ‘Space-Bone, by R. L. Panthorpe’.

  18. Muttley Says:

    MBIS would be Member of the British Interplanetary Society and 2/- is another way to write the book price, two shillings.

    I can’t recall ever having read one of his books, but from his webpage the man must be superhuman: journalist, headmaster, priest, TV/radio talking head, weightlifter, martial arts instructor, oh, and he writes books too.

  19. Jerk of all Trades Says:

    At first I thought it was the cover for some kind of risque porn-ish parody of old scifi. Like that book that had the man and his vibrator-armed robot on the cover, but intentionally silly.

  20. Jerk of all Trades Says:

    “Chrome”, that’s what it was called. I couldn’t remember anything but the giant vibrator-arms; a failed design if ever there was one:

    “I want to buy a copy of a scifi book, but i can’t remember the title or author because of the insane cover art.”

    Retail Clerk:
    “Can you tell me anything about it?”

    “I’d really rather not. “

  21. Anti-Sceptic Says:

    MBIS stands for Man Bear In Space, or Masters of Business Information Systems….I’m leaning towards Man Bear.

  22. Rags Says:

    Space-Bone, the fun frontier!

  23. A.R.Yngve Says:

    M.B.I.S. …??
    – Minister’s Boyfriend Is Standing
    – Musclebound Butch In Skiffy
    – Modest Bulge In Slacks
    – Might Be Into Spaceships

  24. Tat Wood Says:

    Father Lionel’s back in the news

  25. Ray P Says:

    Another Fortean mystery for Rev. Fanthorpe – weird transmissions, electronic voices?

  26. anon Says:

    @Muttley: It’s fun stay at the M.B.I.S…

  27. Perry Armstrong Says:

    The Quatermass Sexual Xperiment

  28. A.R.Yngve Says:

    A Novel About Fellowship

  29. GSS noob Says:

    He’s not space-borne, he’s Tom of Finland-borne.

    Wiki tells me M/Bi means “Male, bisexual” in personal ads and internet dating, and we all know what S means in that context, so… that goes with the cover as well.

    Ooo-err, Vicar!

  30. BootstrapperW Says:

    Welsh accent:
    “I’m the only gay in this starship.”

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