Aug 09

Women love their strange pets... space squids are the latest thing since Prometheus!Click for full image

Alessandra Comments: This reminded me of the old “Superfriends” cartoon. Hanna-Barbera does epic fantasy. It’s subtitle is “being a novelized version of the remarkable interplanetary events that took place at the World Science Fiction Convention of 1971,” which makes me wonder what the heck happened.
Published 1971

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: 6.02 out of 10)

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21 Responses to “Gather in the Hall of the Planets”

  1. THX 1138 Says:

    “Yeah, sure my hair’s fine when the wind blows from in front of me, but from behind me – you don’t wanna know.”

  2. Joachim Says:

    Well, it is a Barry N. Malzberg novel — so it’s all about metanarrative/angst/depression… And it says worldcon 74 so it hadn’t happened yet 😉

  3. A.R.Yngve Says:

    I really like Malzberg, so I don’t wanna make fun of his books… books which have no real meaning in the endless nothingness of the universe… books which try use humor in a pathetic attempt to fend off the silent scream of space… where astronauts cannot get laid and are neurotic…

    (This could just go on and on.)

  4. Tom Noir Says:

    Squid thoughts:

    “Where’d her other arm go? Did the dragon bite her or did the guy with the gun shoot it off? Where does her hair end and her clothing begin? Does she know she’s standing on one of my tentacles?”

  5. Sophaloaf Says:

    Cruella De Vil during her technicolor phase in college.

    Also, the title sure is bossy.

  6. Joachim Says:

    @A.R.Yngve — I still love his works…. Despite how monothematic they tend to be… and how every character is depressed…. and mean to women…. and potentially in a simulation….

  7. fred Says:

    In the spirit of fostering inter-galactic/pan-dimensional good will I think Mr. Lewis should occasionally cover up random bits of naked aliens. Especially calamari.

  8. Jerk of all Trades Says:

    Oh, I see. It’s cosplay, that’s why everything looks kind of dumb.

  9. A.R.Yngve Says:

    Joachim, I’m sure that Malzberg is a true mensch and took the blow of this sad book cover on the chin with a stoic face… despite how it made a mockery of his life’s work… despite how it inanely ignored the devastating truth of a nihilistic universe…. despite the artwork which performed a sci-fi ninny-dance of pointless posturing before the abyss of oblivion that is outer space…

    (And so on and so on. But seriously, I do like reading Malzberg. :))

  10. Smith Says:

    “Interplanetary Interference” eh?

    Is that a euphemism?

    Like engaging in discussions about Uganda.

  11. Joachim Says:

    @ A. R. Yngve — yeah, I consider Beyond Apollo and In The Enclosure 70s masterpieces — I haven’t read any of his works under his pseudonym K. M. O’Donnell yet….

  12. AA Says:

    It wasn’t until the Giant Ogling Squid showed up that the party really got started.

  13. Anti-Sceptic Says:

    I wonder how the squid will react if I poke him in the eye with my pinky?

  14. Rags Says:

    Best painting by a 3 year old I have ever seen!

  15. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    I surf over to this cover, and I always, always want to sing, ‘Gather in the hall of the planets, fa-la-la-la-la, la-la, la-LA!’

  16. A.R.Yngve Says:

    And a black dude growls, “Rasputin” style:
    “Oh, those planets…”

  17. Tat Wood Says:

    @A.R.Yngve (9): I’ve just re-read ‘Galaxies’. I wonder if this cover inspired it.
    @A.r.Yngve (16): This is the image I have in my head for ‘Night Flight to Venus’.

  18. Anna T. Says:

    She’s a space supermodel. Clearly.

  19. anon Says:

    This is not a book cover. It is an invitation to a party.

  20. Jon K. Says:

    Hm. Worldcon 74 (aka MidAmericon II)? That’s this year – 17-21 August, 2016 in Kansas City.

    Toastmaster this year is Pat Cadigan.

    I wonder if there’s going to be interplanetary interference in the Hugo Award voting this year. Hey, the misogynists got in on it last year; bring on the aliens, I say – they couldn’t be worse….

  21. GSS ex-noob Says:

    I haven’t heard about anything like this happening in either DC (1974) or KC (Worldcon 74), though I wouldn’t be surprised if someone turned up in this outfit during the 70’s.

    Also, I’d like to ask for “font problems” tag. There’s only two fonts, but that main one is a problem. You’d expect to see that on a bodice-ripper.

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