Sep 05

Interpret my strut... you creepy alien three eyed fish thing... Click for full image

Good Show Sir Comments: Don’t look Janet… you’ll just encourage that creepy alien to stare at our fantastically toned space butts.
Published 1963

Thanks to Robert Van D N for sending this in!

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: 7.13 out of 10)

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27 Responses to “The Interpreter (aka Bow down to Nul)”

  1. space_merchants Says:

    RT @GoodShowSir: New Book Cover: The Interpreter

  2. Phil Says:

    Those were the days, when all paperbacks were 2/6.

    “Behind you!” tag required, of course, especially if directed to the smug fellow on the left.

    And what IS he wearing on his head? And why is he carrying a schoolboy satchel?

  3. THX 1138 Says:

    Wait – a story of dev… what? Devils? Devastation? Deviation? Development? Deviants? Devices? Dev Patel?

  4. The Tag Wizard Says:

    One might suggest that it was a story of Deviled Fish Eggs, THX.

    You can’t usually devil fish eggs due to the lack of a hard outer shell, but when Fish Alien Thingies come encrusted in a delicious coating of plate armor, such cumbersome culinary obstacles are no longer a hinderance.

    Anyway, looking forward to the smartphone tie-in, Angry Fish-Alien-Thingies

  5. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    A story of Devo’s new album and corruption in a fantastic galactic empire of tomorrow.

    I approve that this is a ‘digit’ book. I’ve tried to use books with my other appendages, and digits have always worked well for me.

  6. Bibliomancer Says:

    Who did Brain Aldiss piss off that they gave him an invisible font color?

    It’s a Dig It Book! Must be from the 60s.

  7. dpn Says:


    Never pass up a chance to quote Cyrus.

  8. Tom Hering Says:

    @ Phil, they’re wearing the K-1 high altitude helmet of the 1950s on their heads.

  9. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    Their helmets are flared. In the same way Officer Cranium’s isn’t.

  10. Tat Wood Says:

    Imagine what happens when a three-shouldered fish is asked a question in a language he doesn’t understand. He’d shrug and concuss himself.

  11. A.R.Yngve Says:

    That astronaut has to go pee SO BAD….

  12. fred Says:

    Devilry combined with corruption inevitably leads to the man purse, which is the surest indicator of an impending revolution.

  13. Stevie T Says:

    @ THX: How about “development hell”?

    “Who did we get optioned by?”
    “SyFy Channel.”

  14. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    @admin: Yesterday was Null-A. Today is Bow Down to Null. If tomorrow there is no update, it’s merely continuing a pattern. 🙂

  15. B. Chiclitz Says:

    It’s nice of you to carry my books home and all, but you’re still a dork and I will never play “Hide the Three-Eyed Fish” with you, so just get that out of your mind right now!

  16. Tom Hering Says:

    @ fred, check out the man purse on the 1961 cover. It’s fabulous!

  17. fred Says:

    @Tom Herring, a gingy with fashion sense.

  18. Jane Says:

    Hey, they’re wearing JIffy-Pop spacesuits! No wonder that three-eyed guy looks so hungry.

  19. The Tag Wizard Says:

    Whatever do you mean, Fred? That seems like a bit of an odd thing to say.

  20. Rags Says:

    @ Tom Hering – HAHAH, the link you posted is a funnier cover imo. It appears the “murse” is a key component to this story.

    How come fishy face is huge in this version yet tiny in the link version? Which is the real fishy face???

    Also someone should tell our heroes belts really arent the best way to go with spacesuits. Neither is casual footwear.

  21. Lionrock Says:

    Its less of a man purse an more a briefcase in this one.

    Maybe he’s a space accountant.

  22. Rachel J Says:

    @Lionrock. No, no, no. Then it would be called “The Accountant”.

    @Rags. From what I’ve been able to find out, fishy-face is meant to be huge and threatening, not small and cute.

    There are actually a lot of covers around for this book, all of them featuring 3-eyed fish-aliens, man-purses, or both. The fishies are clearly the “Nul” of the alternative title, but the role of the murse remains elusive…

  23. Tom Hering Says:

    @ Rachel J, the murse is how the interpreter carries his English-Fishy dictionary around.

    @ Lionrock, not all murses have shoulder straps. Some just have big loops (like the one on this cover), so you can either carry them by hand – or hang them from your forearm, which looks especially nice when striking a pose.

  24. B. Chiclitz Says:

    Remember, it’s not a “man-purse,” it’s a Space-European carryall!

  25. Lionrock Says:

    @Rachel J : maybe she’s the interpreter and he’s doing the space accounts.

    Is our armoured friend really the big brother of the mutant fish from the Simpsons:

  26. Anti-Sceptic Says:

    Apparently in the future space suits will be so advanced that they will no longer require gloves.

  27. Anna T. Says:

    They’re not astronauts. They’re models, posing in a “space-themed” shoot. And the Three-Eyed Fish of Doom is a prop in the background.

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