Sep 06

I hate coming to the Moons... Everyone is so abstract...Click for full image

Frank Comments: I get the idea the artist read the teaser on the first page, “WHAT’S SO SPLENDID ABOUT WESTERN CULTURE THAT YOU WANT TO SPREAD IT ALL OVER THE GALAXY? I TELL YOU THERE’S SOMETHING ON TRIOPUS THAT CAN NEVER BE REMADE.” …and painted something that you probably wouldn’t want to remake even if you could.
Published 1969

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: 6.87 out of 10)

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22 Responses to “Moons of Triopus”

  1. James Says:

    Artist to friend 12 hours before work next day “Hey, so this LSD stuff lasts less that 12 hours right?”

  2. THX 1138 Says:

    I don’t know what you’re complaining about, I can see two eyes, a nose and a mouth. OK, maybe three eyes, a beak, and… er… Well, it was good enough for Picasso!

  3. Pat Says:

    James, given it is 1969 it could have been that he asked at the weekend: “So this brown acid is not going to last 3 days like that stuff at Woodstock, is it?”

  4. SI Says:

    “I don’t know about you guys… but I am sending this omelet back!”

  5. Tom Noir Says:

    Dammit, another flashback while I’m at work! Or am I just browsing GSS??

  6. Adam Roberts Says:

    My eyes!

  7. fred Says:

    Part of 2001 that got left on the cutting room floor?

  8. Jaouad Says:

    The sunny-side up version doesn’t really look much more promising.

  9. Phil Says:

    That’s a lovely piece of art, darling. Crayons, was it? Here, let mummy put it on the fridge door.

  10. A.R.Yngve Says:

    The desperate pandering to hippies is typical of the period…

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  12. Joachim Says:

    I love this cover… covers don’t need to explain exactly what’s in the book — Powers is a genius and one of the best out there (this isn’t his best by a LONG shot but still).

  13. Ian Says:

    Octopus – Oct + Tri… Triopus. Some three legged sea creature is it?

  14. Jerk of all Trades Says:

    I love the group of tiny, glow-eyed people/robots freaking out at the very bottom of this landscape. You’d think that, by now, the locals would be used to living in a crummy psychedelic hell-scape, but here we are.

  15. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    Of course! ‘Moons of Triopus’ is an anagram of POT FUSION ROOMS! That explains so much.



    and, its true contribution to GSS:


  16. Anti-Sceptic Says:

    I said I wanted mushrooms on my pizza!

  17. David Cowie Says:

    “Published 1969”
    I feel confident that nothing else I read today will been less surprising than that.

  18. A.R.Yngve Says:

    I got a bad case of triopus and had to go on a two-month diet, I lost twenty pounds, it was awful. Triopus? Don’t talk to me about triopus!

  19. Tat Wood Says:

    What’s so splendid about marmalade that you want to spread it all over the galaxy?

  20. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    Never shine a black light round a WC in a West End club.

  21. fred Says:

    Making $$$ 101. Re-title the book ‘Moons of Priapus”, donate to public libraries, wait for the great unwashed to raise a fuss, which will lead to a counter binge of buying.

  22. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @fred: Sounds like a good idea (Step 4: PROFIT!), but I’d rather the counter binges of buying went to, you know, good books.

    Especially for the kids.

    (The people who always wail “THINK OF THE CHILDREN!” never have the young’uns real best interests at heart.)

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