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Casa KathBob recently received the following postcard from the brilliant, witty and lovely bibliofile :

I went to the bookcases, and after some scrounging came up with this:

How did she know?


( 17 comments — Rap On, Sibling, Rap On )
Aug. 29th, 2009 03:13 pm (UTC)
About those bees ... Quick, honey, the Flit! I'm glad you found the book, too - it even had the same background color. Heh ....

Love you more than cookies!
Aug. 29th, 2009 11:04 pm (UTC)
Re the bees: I've no evidence as to their sexual orientation, and besides, we don't say things like that now.

And I love you more than a new toy firetruck, Oh Snookiest of Ookums!*

*I have this vision of Cooper reading this and saying, "Gawd, what treacle well did those two crawl out of?" But it's the truth.
Aug. 30th, 2009 08:18 am (UTC)
So cutesy wootsy, tootsie.

Aug. 29th, 2009 04:42 pm (UTC)
It would have been interesting to see what the original cover was when it had been published as "Outpost Mars" in 1952. I must admit I like this title better.
Aug. 29th, 2009 10:54 pm (UTC)
Dunno if this is the original, but it's the one that shows up most on Google Images:

Aug. 31st, 2009 12:57 am (UTC)
I prefer the Sin in Space cover because, while there is a certain coolness to the Outpost Mars, there is somthing wonderful about those smirking leers though I think those leers better suit two people who are just getting their clothes back on, not two people taking them off.
Aug. 29th, 2009 04:54 pm (UTC)
Cyril Judd book
At some point in my life, I have owned both the *Sin in Space* version with that cover, and the *Outpost Mars* version, which I may very well still have in some box somewhere. Note that Cyril Judd is a pseudonym for a collaboration between Cyril Kornbluth and Judith Merrill, and that the book is a very good read.

Aug. 29th, 2009 10:52 pm (UTC)
Re: Cyril Judd book
I agree that the book's pretty good. And the cover's always been one of my faves. It's Kaffy's book, as are almost all of the SF books we have. Not that I haven't read a barnload of 'em; it's just that my library card sits third in my wallet, behind my ATM and Costco cards.

I was spoiled. Battle Creek, my home town and locale of the first Slan Shack, had a library with a huge collection, including stuff going back to the 1920s, and they did a great job of keeping it current. It was separated from the rest of the fiction, and, in the old library building, had its own room. I've asked around some, but nobody seems to know whether the collection's and the Slan Shack's existence were connected.

These days my reading is primarily non-fic, although I am currently in the midst of my Annual Complete Cordwainer Smith Read.
Aug. 29th, 2009 05:45 pm (UTC)
A.) I have the coolest friends. B.) Wot? No one has photoshopped that girl into a red head?

Aug. 29th, 2009 10:27 pm (UTC)
A.) Yes, you do, thank you, and so do I.

B.) Nah; note that he has the good sense to be wearing a spacesuit, while she's attempting to undress in a vacuum. Ergo, blond.
Aug. 29th, 2009 09:46 pm (UTC)
If “How did she know?” had referred to Judy Merrill, the polite phrasing of the answer would be, from personal experience.
Aug. 29th, 2009 10:27 pm (UTC)
Aug. 30th, 2009 06:39 am (UTC)
I bow before your superior knowledge.

ETA: Oh, and I've just started reading LJ again, after a couple of weeks away....

Edited at 2009-08-30 06:40 am (UTC)
Aug. 31st, 2009 08:17 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the postcard! I've had more fun with this....

Seriously, I'm beginning to think that you've been paying far more attention to us over the years than I'd ever imagined. To say that most folk know that we're twisted is belaboring the obvious. But you've been catching nuances. Your previous card featured a photo of some of Wisconsin's delightful bovines. It was perfect. Kath & I saw the card, turned to each other and murmured softly, "Mmmm.... Cows." We do this whenever we see cattle, and began the stupid habit long before Homer Simpson expressed similar feelings about doughnuts. Thus the "How did she know?" reaction to the "Sin in Space" card.
Sep. 1st, 2009 11:25 pm (UTC)
Didn't know about the cows at all. (I've seen you guys as you drove up to Minicon, but I was never in the car with you.)

As for this postcard, I mean really, how many fans do you know who wouldn't like the combination of sin and space?
Sep. 2nd, 2009 01:18 am (UTC)
That's right. Go ahead. Crush a guy's paranoiac imaginings.

You're quite correct, though. I noticed eons ago that the Nerds had won: Fen get laid lots more often than Mundanes.
Sep. 2nd, 2009 07:18 pm (UTC)
MMMMmmmmm ...fen ....
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