Jul 25

If you think being chained is degrading, try wearing this hat!Click for full image

Scott B’s Art Direction: I want a cover with no Sioux, taking place not in space. Just show one of the evil slaver horsemen, but without a horse. Just give him a radio-technology weapon, a bird mask, and a snappy vest.
Published 1966

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: 8.91 out of 10)

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34 Responses to “The Sioux Spaceman”

  1. space_merchants Says:

    RT @GoodShowSir: New Book Cover: The Sioux Spaceman

  2. Jaouad Says:

    Ah yes, always better reception with the three-pronged wireless. Its triple antenna ensures you’ll never miss another episode of your favourite radio play.

    BTW, excellent framing, Scott. “Wings” indeed.

  3. THX 1138 Says:

    You’ve gone too far this time, Johnny Depp!

  4. Bibliomancer Says:

    “The productivity of my marching slave army is much improved now that I broadcast Muzak directly into their brains!” — Sue Spaceman

  5. Rags Says:

    Confusing…..I found 2 other covers for this title and both had a native American type figure on the cover, this one has a space cyclist with a bird hat, trying to find Howard Stern on his FUTURISTIC radio, yes friends, a radio….lets not forget the golden Conan like armband to highlight his bulging pipes.

    Apparently, the slaves in the back are not supposed to be human at all, but an enslaved alien race called the Ikkinni, who look exactly like humans with swimming shorts. This cover has has “FAIL” written all over it.

  6. Michael Toland Says:

    Well, this cover would accomplish its mission if I came across it – I’d definitely pick it up to see what the book was about, if only to see what would inspire such awfulness.

  7. SI Says:

    “Ok… i am just turning on my space radio… which picks up your thoughts and broadcasts them here! HEY!!! Slave 3! That wasn’t very nice… I look fabulous in this hat!”

  8. Phil Says:

    This is a poster for a beach party movie, but they’ve painted in a bird hat, slave chains and some alien glyphs on the transistor radio to make it look more SF.

    And what I would swear is a giant cat bell right on the guy’s ear. He’s in for a deafening if big kitty comes out to play.

  9. Scott B Says:

    @Jaouad — I take no credit for the unintentionally synchronistic WINGS, but now that you’ve pointed it out, I love it.

  10. B. Chiclitz Says:

    Ok you slaves, the red button makes you mambo and the green button makes you salsa. What’ll it be today, eh? Maybe I’ll press them both, nyahhahaha . . .

  11. fred Says:

    Beware the Spacemen of the Plains

  12. Bibliomancer Says:

    I’m confused. Which cover is this one? Bad Voltage or March to the Sea ? They all start blending into one giant bad cover after you’ve been here long enough.

  13. Rags Says:

    @B. Chiclitz – LOL!

    @Bibliomancer – Very true. Bad is bad but every once in a while truly heinous and hilarious covers hit (like The Cave Girl) and its all worth it! I just looked at it again, hahahah! “Hunters of the Red Moon” is still my all time favourite.

  14. Bibliomancer Says:

    @Rags — “Hunters of the Red Moon” is truly awesome but I can’t stop laughing at “Rx for Chaos” and “The Second Experiment”

  15. B. Chiclitz Says:

    This cover just keeps on giving, just like the ones @Rags 13 and @Bibliomancer 14 are waxing nostalgically over. Here, I notice:

    1. The singular-plural issue, in that we have a Sioux SpaceMAN, but are warned to beware the HorseMEN of the stars. So what is it? Are there Sioux SpaceMEN? Is there but one HorseMAN to fear? Are they, in fact, referring to two different books?

    2. At first glance you might think he is holding that radio, but if you look at his hands, there’s no way he could be holding it. No, in fact, it seems to be attached to his belt. Now, imagine what all of that radiation is going to do to his little man bits. No wonder he needs those wings to compensate.

    3. “Yes, I got this merit badge for building this slave-controlling space radio. What do I care if my voice has gone up three octaves over the past two months? As my wings testify, I made Eagle scout with this radio.”

  16. RachelJ Says:

    @B. Chiclitz. It could be that these space-equestrians are a diverse group and just *one* of them is a Sioux.

  17. B. Chiclitz Says:

    @RachelJ—A veritable Indian Space Nation! A rag tag group of buff, arm-braceleted and wing-headed braves of many tribes, roaming the star plains atop their saddle-less bicorns, seeking the ever-dwindling herds of space buffalo. But one of their number, Sammy the Sioux, would steal off at night to assemble in secret the mind-enslaving ham radio with which to exact his fiendish revenge on the Blue Shorts.

  18. FearofMusic Says:

    Interesting. A cover from 1966 illustrating the future with the 1940’s version of future technology. I wonder if, just out of our view off to the right, there might be a giant Venusian ant or two. They do love their space radio, those crazy ants.

  19. B. Chiclitz Says:

    @FoM 🙂

  20. A.R.Yngve Says:

    “Palefaces work harder! Or I play One Direction for you again!”

  21. Stevie T Says:

    I guess now we know where the little guy from the latest Perelandra cover escaped from.

  22. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    There was a masked man of the Sioux,
    Who horsemen of stars did pursioux
    With transistors and chains
    He drove them ‘cross the plains,
    A mighty fine how-dioux-yioux-dioux!

  23. Rev Says:

    Yeeeeeehah! Nicely done Mr Stuff. A mighty fine how-dioux-yioux-dioux! 😀

  24. A.R.Yngve Says:

    Captive: “Why do you keep playing ‘Indian Reservation’ for us, Chief?”
    Sioux: “For the dramatic irony, paleface!”

  25. Antonio Navarro Jr Says:

    I didn’t know how strange, weird and even unsocial I am until I read these comments, oh, and on top of that, but this I already knew, how unimaginative and not funny I am. I actually LOVE the cover and actually couldn’t care less if it does not depict anything of what the book is about. I bought it when it was first printed, I loved the cover, I love Andre Norton and have read almost every thing she wrote, and I still have it. THANKS GUYS, I always did want t be different and now I know I am.

  26. Anna T. Says:

    Crazy Bird Hat Society unite!*

    *Membership includes free triantennaed radio and weird red vest. It is mandatory to carry both of these things with you at all times.

  27. anon Says:

    This is what happens when you sioux an intergalactic corporation and lose your shirt.

  28. anon Says:

    It’s all fun and games until someone gets shirt.

  29. Bibliomancer Says:

    He may be a Sioux, but if he ever has to sell that radio, he’ll become a Pawnee!


  30. A.R.Yngve Says:

    But if those slaves have to wear short pants at work, they’re going to end up with Wounded Knees!

    [Have A Banana]

  31. Bibliomancer Says:

    @A.R.Yngve – You’ve earned a Minnehaha!


  32. fred Says:

    That wing rivet looks suspiciously like a jingle bell.

  33. Tor Mented Says:

    “What’s the price of this book? Never mind, just put it on my bill.”

  34. Bruce A Munro Says:

    @Tor Mented: rimshot!

    @fred: every time you hear a little bell, a Sioux Spaceman has earned his head-wings.

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