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Feb 19

And thus... the first time travelling flasher was born... Click for full image

Sara Comments: Here I am, just stepped out of my mecha-techno, time-traveling, chrome, orb-y…thing. The only drawback is that it destroys all clothes that are not right gloves or right boots. Swords are not clothes so they’re all right, too. Also it makes weird shadows stick to you. Wait, am I floating above a strange river?
Published 1958

Actually, that cover IS a classical work of artI would touch it without protective glovesI have seen worse. Far, far worseInteresting, but I would still read it in publicMiddling: Neither awful nor awfully goodWould not like to be seen reading that!Awful... just awful...That belongs in a gold-lamé picture frame!Gah... my eyes are burning! Feels so good!Good Show, Sir.... Good Show! (Average: 8.98 out of 10)
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23 Responses to “Twice in Time”

  1. THX 1138 Says:

    Finally Ken gets an accessory that’s useful!

  2. Tat Wood Says:

    ‘Manly Wade, Wellman’ was the tiny-headed protagonist’s mission-brief. He’s wading, his name may well be ‘Wellman’ but unless he has a snug-fitting body-stocking with a handy method of concealing his most vulnerable part, the pecs and abs (and overcompensating rapier) will have to cover the ‘manly’ portfolio.
    Is that the Statue of Liberty on the left edge of the painting?

  3. Adam Roberts Says:

    “They say that mp3s will render CDs redundant. But my GIANT CD will never go out of fashion! It doesn’t even need a CD Player; you read the disk with your naked buttocks.”

  4. SI Says:

    Wow… this cover is pretty Manley!

  5. Bibliomancer Says:

    Genitals are so hard to draw correctly.

  6. Jerk of all Trades Says:

    “Hey, have you seen my fiancee by any chance? She’s gotta be around here somewhere. Wears cellophane clothes, likes performing interpretive erotic dance for random strangers? She never showed up to our absurdly naked wedding.”

  7. FearofMusic Says:

    Something about his head is creeping me out…maybe it’s the body it’s attached to. And what the blazes is going on over his left shoulder? That weird mass of spiky bubbly things gets stranger the more I try to figure it out. And between the authors name and naked man…who will believe you are actually reading science fiction as opposed to gay erotica?

  8. Jaouad Says:

    I like how someone tried to cover up his right boot with some sort of modesty patch. Because, obviously, an openly visible right boot would have been too risqué.

    I like even more how someone else tried to remove the patch, no doubt for the purpose of ogling said right boot.

  9. Phil Says:

    @FearofMusic: among that weird mass of spiky bubbly things, one bubbly thing is wearing one of those conical, held-on-by-a-thin-piece-of-elastic party hats.

    There’s one huge missed opportunity here: a TING! from his mighty sword!

  10. fred Says:

    Don’t think that is a boot. Looks more like a law enforcement tracking device used for house arrest. But why a nude man with a sword should be of concern to the authorities is beyond me.

  11. Tom Noir Says:

    @Phil: His ‘sword’ doesn’t look so mighty to me.

  12. Anti-Sceptic Says:

    Is that silver disk attached to his butt?

  13. FearofMusic Says:

    @Phil,: Party bubble! Explains nude man..er, well…

  14. Phil Says:

    You all say silver disk, I say very large egg!

  15. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    @A-S, FoM, P: maybe that’s her ovipositor? After all, can you see any man-bits on ‘him’? I think not! I think that’s a lady, and that’s her unholy brood of larvae behind her.

  16. Jerk of all Trades Says:

    It occurs to me that being named “Manley” could really screw someone up. That’s a lot to live up to, especially when you’re starting out as a little bitty guy who isn’t quite toilet trained, needs a night light, and still thinks there might be a monster under his bed.

  17. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    Separated at birth?

  18. FearofMusic Says:

    @Dead Stuff re:#15- Ewwwwww….

  19. Stevie T Says:

    I feel like we should give him a modesty sheep, just so he doesn’t feel bad.

  20. Stevie T Says:

    “I have no genitals and I must scream”?

  21. Herm Says:

    Middle right edge: penguins.

  22. FearofMusic Says:

    Oh my God! Those ARE penguins! That puts this cover into the realm of WTF factored to infinity.

  23. HappyBookwyrm Says:

    I’ve actually read this book; the man on the cover is (presumably) our protagonist, Leo Thrasher, with his “time reflector.” Leo makes the trip from the mid-1900′s to Medici-ruled Italy not only sans clothes but sans BODY. His essence travels back in time and then Leo builds himself a new body (somehow) by recruiting the matter in the carcass of a dead sacrificial ox (!) whose precise space-time coordinates he knows from an ancient cult manuscript. As if the weirdness factor of this story couldn’t get any higher.

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