Aug 08

Jupiter is... thaaat-a-way man!Click for full image

Dead Stuff with Big Teeth Comments: *FWING!*
Published 1974

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: 5.03 out of 10)

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18 Responses to “Pan Sagittarius”

  1. Phil Says:

    And it’s one hundred and eighty… to Ian Wallace, best known for singing “Mud, Mud, Glorious Mud”.

    ( )

    P.S. Tag Wizards: surely this needs a FONT PROBLEMS tag for that elongated n and a. And what’s with “ScienceFiction” now being one word with a capital in the middle?

  2. The Tag Wizard Says:

    Not entirely illegible – we can at least tell it’s an “N” and “A” in this case without squinting too hard – but that Science-Fiction -> Sci-Fi -> SciFi -> ScienceFiction synthesis deserves recognition.

    Credit where due, for language changeth alway, and it’s tough being a linguistic pioneer.

  3. THX 1138 Says:

    I see that giant hand which grabbed the Starship Enterprise is up to its old tricks again.

  4. Tom Hering Says:

    I wish publishers would be honest about most of their books and say “last time in paperback.”

  5. Bibliomancer Says:

    Forget Kirkus; I prefer this online review:

    “Our hero Pan attempts suicide by flying his ship into the sun but is diverted six hundred years into the past by one of the three prelates of Hell in order to have sex with her and thereby become an agent of the infernal powers and invade the if-nodes of Antan, which can be found amidst the meta-galaxies, and live the lifetimes of others and either take upon himself the wrongs they have committed or create an alternate strand that will enable s/he to achieve purgatory and restore their chances for… something. And it gets complicated after that.”

  6. The Tag Wizard Says:

    Ahh, the ever dependable Goodreads. It’s the new Amazon, which is the new Washington Post, which is the new Boston Globe, which is admin’s mum.

    (By that I mean it’s quite worthwhile)

  7. Rags Says:

    @ Bibliomancer – the “Kirkus Reviews” was WAY OFF!

    I am filled with great diassapointment. I thought this book was about a monstrous disembodied hand throwing large tennis balls and tiny space-ships around and possibly giving the middle finger or high-fiving any god like entities it crosses.

    So the prelates of Hell need snu-snu, and go through all the trouble of pulling someone who doesnt want to live, through space and time just for a booty call??

  8. Bibliomancer Says:

    @Rags @Tag Wizard — This is just further proof that many sci-fi publishers just used whatever space art was laying around the office and didn’t necessarily commission art based on reading the actual book.

    Based on the Goodreads review I can imagine a much more alluring cover of a suicide spaceship flying into the sun with a half-naked Prelate of Hell off to the side with an over-the-shoulder come hither look. Get one of those Frazetta wannabes busy on it. Have it on my desk by close of business.

  9. Tat Wood Says:

    If the sun’s rising behind the planet, how can we see the stripes? If that’s just a moon and a star is illuminating them, the floating hand and the rocket, why isn’t the moon a crescent too?

  10. B. Chiclitz Says:

    “. . . uses old myths and makes some new ones. . . .” Like the myth of the Great God Job-Manu, who controls the fate of planets with a wag of his finger. His icon? The hangnail.

  11. NGpm Says:

    @Bibliomancer – that review positively smacks of Scientology backstory …

  12. The Tag Wizard Says:

    New tag for light source “issues”: Shadow on the Sun

  13. Tom Hering Says:

    We’re gonna be needing a right-column guide to GSS tags pretty soon. At least, new visitors will.

  14. fred Says:

    That’s no moon…

  15. The Tag Wizard Says:

    How right you both are..

  16. A.R.Yngve Says:

    It would be a real shock if sometime in the future, an SF publisher released a book wherein the plot actually contained a bona fide teardrop-shaped rocketship.

  17. Stevie T Says:

    Pan Sagittarius…er, okay…It’s a pretty lame constellation what with it looking like a teapot and not an archer at all…

  18. Adam Roberts Says:

    *Booming space voice* “Pull my finger … go on …”

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