Oct 11

Take this! Tiny identical hippies!Click for full UNSHEEPED image

Frank Comments: It’s a decent painting of a scene in the story, but there’s plenty uncovered boobs involved even if they’re small and not so obviously nipply. Have you got enough Space Sheep for this sort of situation?
Published 1978

That’s a lot of Space Sheep!

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: 7.75 out of 10)

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25 Responses to “To Keep the Ship”

  1. Stevie T Says:

    Awwww, look, he’s set up his sister’s Barbie collection for a little target practice! Who hasn’t done that?

  2. FeàrofMusić Says:

    Goodness. An entire herd of modesty sheep! There’ll be some lonely men in Northumberland tonight. And why is he shooting them? Just brush them away with your hand, like you would a bit of wool from your trousers. Course he does look dumber than a box of rocks. And is that a porthole in th sky?
    Not a cover to be seen seen with on the train.

  3. THX 1138 Says:

    Commodore, you gotta keep your ship together, don’t take any ship, or you’ll be ship outta luck.

  4. Jaouad Says:

    More appropriately titled TO KEEP THE SHEEP.

    Thanks Admin, for not deploying a herd of tiny disapproving C.S. Lewises. I feel judged enough already.

  5. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:


  6. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    Wait a mo. Is he shooting that gun, or is there something spilling out of it and splashing on the ground…? 😉

  7. Tat Wood Says:

    Why is Stan Laurel wearing a ginger wig? Or is it Rod Hull without Emu?

  8. Jane Says:

    “sf’s answer to Horatio Hornblower”
    And sf failed the quiz miserably.
    You would think a commodore would rate something nicer than an orange prison uniform.

  9. Adam Roberts Says:

    The Hunchback of Notre Really Weird Dream. “Nip-ples, Nip-ples!” he cries.

  10. L.B. Says:

    @Tat Wood: I loved that show when it was on YTV waaaaaaay back in 1990.
    E! M! U TV!

  11. Bibliomancer Says:

    Looks more like sf’s answer to Benny Hill.

  12. A.R.Yngve Says:

    “Commodore 64: SF’s answer to Horatio PC.”
    Sorry, cheap pun, not in top form today…

  13. A.R.Yngve Says:

    Held up in space with an illegal cargo of mind-altering drugs! The Space Police fast approaching, he must find a way…

  14. fred Says:

    Commodore Grimes would be sf’s answer to Stanley Tweedle if Stanley Tweedle weren’t already sf.

  15. Lionrock Says:

    What in heck is wrong with his head? Too much zero-g?

    And why is he armed with a water pistol?

  16. Phil Says:

    Oh good, I get to do my Chandler joke again:

    Q. Who Wrote TO KEEP THE SHIP?
    A. Bertram Chandler

    Or if you prefer:

    Q. Who wrote TO KEEP THE SHEEP?
    A. Bertram Chandler
    B. B. King
    C. S. Lewis

  17. B. Chiclitz Says:


    Stan Laurel there can’t really be trying to shoot the little naked damsels, can he? If he is, he is without doubt the worst shot in the galactic quadrant, and beyond! Actually, I think he’s trying to make them dance like in the old Western movies: “Dance, you stinkin’ redskin” (pow! pow!). In this case though, it’s “Dance, you saucy miniature nude nymphet” (wow! wow!).

  18. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    I want to be the very best
    Like no-one ever was
    To shoot them is my real test
    To keep the ship my cause

    I will travel across the sea
    Searching far and wide
    Each naked bird to understand
    The power Lewis hides!

    Bertrámchan, it’s you and me!
    I know it’s my destiny!
    Bertrámchan, IIIII’m my own best friend
    On a cover we must defend!

  19. Tat Wood Says:

    @Lionrock: would you allow him anything sharp or dangerous?

  20. B. Chiclitz Says:

    @Lionrock—Maybe the tube off to the left is a giant vacuum hose and it’s starting to suck him in head first?

  21. Jerk of all Trades Says:

    He’s finally reached the point in Space Cabin fever where his mind starts playing tricks on him. Badly.

  22. Lionrock Says:

    Actually I think these little naked ladeez were Shatner’s suggestion for the design for the Tribbles.

  23. Gatomon41 Says:

    I actually found a copy of this at a Flea Market. The story is actually pretty good… but the cover art makes all but impossible to take outside to read.

  24. Tom Noir Says:

    Oops, all those women have made his little gun go off prematurely!

  25. anon Says:

    @DSWBT #5: It’s actually the old man’s cane.

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