Feb 27

Texas was an all man state... till those darn girls all arrived!Click for full image

Simon W Comments: The blurb says “The women had taken over by 1998!” and, “Read the results in Richard Wilson’s unique, tongue-in-cheek, highly risible novel. It’s science fiction with a Woody Allen twist!”
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: 7.40 out of 10)

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21 Responses to “The Girls from Planet 5”

  1. THX 1138 Says:

    Makes a change from Earthmen visiting all-women outer space civilisations in science fiction – come ’69, they’d visited us. So to speak.

    Anyway, seriously, what is she holding and what purpose does it have? Is it a domestic appliance? An intergalactic Chinese lantern? Is it even supposed to do that?

  2. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    Previously seen here.

  3. Tom Noir Says:

    “Oh, we couldn’t be bothered to name our planet. We just call it Planet 5.”

  4. L.B. Says:

    Is this part of Plan 9?

  5. A.R.Yngve Says:

    A “Woody Allen twist”?? God, no! Think of the children!!

  6. fearofmusic Says:

    ‘When the beautiful invaders took over, only Texas fought back.’
    Because there’s nothing a Texan fears more than an attractive, intelligent, powerful and independent woman.

  7. Adam Roberts Says:

    By Richard Wilson? I DON’T BELIEEEVE IT!

  8. Adam Roberts Says:

    That dates me, I know.

  9. B. Chiclitz Says:

    A “different” science fiction novel, requiring a DIFFERENT font color and a different kind of reading and a different set of expectations and a . . . oh, I think we’ve gotten the point.

  10. fred Says:

    Texas would just pass a law saying there are only 4 planets. Problem solved.

  11. Bibliomancer Says:

    Here’s something Texans fear even more: Las Chicas del Planeta 5. ¡Ay, caramba!

  12. Jaouad Says:

    It was all fun and games until they met the Representative For Planet 8.

  13. B. Chiclitz Says:

    @Bibliomancer—Here’s how the blurb for Las Chicas del Planeta 5 reads when run through the GoogleTranslate® engine:

    “Interesting adventure is performing these girls, who are well prepared for this space flight, arrive at the planet and wonderful trip rough, as arribada subjugates the reader, describing the great sidereal landscape.”

    Figures it would be scary to Texans. Anything written at this level of complexity and sophistication gives them the terrors.

  14. Bibliomancer Says:

    @ B. Chiclitz — Ha – ha. But to really understand this blurb you have to run the Spanish through the Chinese and then the Russian before translating into English:

    “Fun adventure running these girls that are very suitable for this drug spaceflight came to a strong and amazing journey on this planet, their arrival subordinates readers, describing the gorgeous scenery stars.”

    Much better.

  15. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    @Bibliomancer: ah, that’s poetry, that is!

    ‘Do you Bokrug take Otuadesu the Roadside Attraction to be your girl, in fun adventure running and drug spaceflight, to a strong and amazing journey and to a subordinated arrival,on this planet and the gorgeous star scenery, until undeath do you AUUGH STOP BITING ME! OH, GOODNESS, THAT’S MY SPLEEN, SPIT IT OUT AND GIVE IT OH NO I DON’T WANT TO BE EATEN–‘

  16. JaunPaul Says:

    This is actually a pretty cool cover!

  17. Bibliomancer Says:

    Your weekend homework assignment:

    Could The Girls From Planet 5 Be The Best Novel Ever?

    Please submit your book reports typed, double-spaced.

  18. Phil Says:

    I like that this edition claims to be “a different science fiction novel”, but is exactly the same as the earlier edition.

  19. anon Says:

    Well, duh. Of course they assign numbers to planets. There are so many you’ll soon run out of useful names!
    I guess we’re lucky it was such a small number and not some arbitrary sequence of digits around bazillion.

    Hey, is that Britney Spears?

  20. Anna T. Says:

    It would seem these ladies from outer space intend to use genies as one of their weapons in conquering the Earth, given as how the one on the cover seems to have just released one from its bottle.

  21. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    Purely in the interests of science, I have substituted all nouns in all three blurbs with the titles of random Wikipaedia pages.


    When the beautiful Villa O’Higgins took over, only Lucy Hardy fought 1752 in Ireland! A different chumba Bishop of Middleton.

    Möller & Co. had taken The Last Warhorse by Grüneisen parameter!

    Read the Meran Town Hall in Nuussuaq’s unique, Hibbert-in-Shiho, highly risible Michael Milhoan. It’s Mike Konnick with a Julius Frank California budget crisis!

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