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May 09

Pssssst Kid... over here... wanna buy some... science... will blow you mind!Click for full image

Tom Noir Comments: Nice try, teach, but I still don’t buy that math is, “like getting SUPER high!”
Published 1998

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: 7.15 out of 10)
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33 Responses to “Parallelities”

  1. THX 1138 Says:

    And this is a breakdown of Jimmy Carr’s tax evasion – oh, nope, it’s a breakdown of Jimmy Carr.

  2. SI Says:

    Love the eye movement in the right panel.

    Done something wrong in parallel universes? Look around comically…

  3. Phil Says:

    What a title. I gather there is a sequel, PERPENDICULARITIES, which goes off at a bit of a tangent.

  4. Adam Roberts Says:

    What I love is the little cloud! Is it on the cover, or was there a little floaty cloud in the bookshop when you snapped the pic?

  5. Bibliomancer Says:

    @Phil – some would call that sequel “normal”

    sorry for being obtuse

  6. DaveM Says:

    @Bibliomancer, it was acute line and needed to be said.

  7. Bibliomancer Says:

    @ DaveM – Your comment is a sine of dementia.

  8. B. Chiclitz Says:

    @B’mancer—obtuse, perhaps, yet, somehow, at the same time, acute.

  9. Bibliomancer Says:

    @B.Chiclitz – I am not the one dragging out this debate. I think you are the protractor.

  10. Tom Noir Says:

    @Bibliomancer – No need to get all hyperbolic about it!

    I haven’t read this book but I’m guessing it involves some sinister plotting by the axis.

  11. Bibliomancer Says:

    @Tom Noir – Yes, but the story line is very derivative.

  12. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    Sorry I’m late, did I miss sum thing?

  13. B. Chiclitz Says:

    @DSWBT—there’s no proof that you have; however it does seem we’ve hit a regression.

  14. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    This cover reminds me of the video to Once in a Lifetime, for some odd reason.

  15. fred Says:

    Needs more prime numbers.

  16. FearöfMüsic Says:

    Is there some sort of bizarre behind the scenes contest among authors to see who can create the most ridiculous titles and still sell copies?

    “I’m sorry sir, you want what book?”
    “Parasola, wait no. Parrallelogr..no that’s not it. Parawella, oh never mind. Now I’ve a spllitting headache. Give me anything with Eric Flint on the cover. Suddenly I’m in the mood for explosions(rest in peace Haji)

  17. Bibliomancer Says:

    Initially I misread the title as “Paralegaltitties”. I thought it was a book of soft-core lawyer porn.

  18. B. Chiclitz Says:

    @B’mancer—er, “Pairalegaltitties”?

  19. Bibliomancer Says:

    Yes, I assumed the paralegal was over 18.

  20. Tom Hering Says:

    I imagine seeing this in a book catalog sometime:

    Science Fiction Cover Art, Volume I: 1926-1975. SOLD OUT.

    Science Fiction Cover Art, Volume II: 1975-2013. CLEARANCE SALE 80% OFF!

  21. eliddell Says:

    @Tom Hering: If the content were arranged chronologically, I’d expect those sales figures to be reversed. ;)

  22. JuanPaul Says:

    This cover speaks to me. It says, “Huh? Wha? Who? Huh?”.

  23. Anti-Sceptic Says:

    Wow that cover is so asymptotic!

  24. B. Chiclitz Says:

    @Anti-Sceptic—But not, unfortunately, asymptomatic.

  25. David Cowie Says:

    “once you see it” tag is missing.

  26. A.R.Yngve Says:

    THE DUHH CURVE
    A Startling New Statistical Breakthrough In The Study of Dudes Who Say “Duhh”

  27. The Tag Wizard Says:

    Mr Cowie, again you are quite right.
    It’s. Everywhere.

  28. B. Chiclitz Says:

    “Flinx”? “Parallelities”? The author is the anti-Shakespeare. He coins words that have NO CHANCE of becoming embedded in the English language. Those are two of the ugliest words I’ve ever seen. “DUHH” is elegant by comparison.

  29. Rachel J Says:

    “Flinx” is a name, actually. There are about twenty books about Flinx and his pet snake. Maybe thirty.

  30. B. Chiclitz Says:

    @Rachel J—thanks for the info. I am clearly behind in my Flinx awareness. I suspect I’ll stay just where I am on that. Does the snake have a better name than “Flinx”?

  31. Rachel J Says:

    I don’t know– do you consider “Pip” a better name than “Flinx”?

  32. B. Chiclitz Says:

    @R J—I guess, on the whole, yes. At least it’s a palindrome. Madam I’m Adam. Don’t mean to be cheeky on any of this. Possibly all 30 of the books are quite good. I’m just reacting to the words. Anyway, one of the many beauties of GSS is that it’s not about what’s actually *in* the books, it’s all about surface. A perfect metaphor for our world.

  33. Rachel J Says:

    @B. Chiclitz. Well, the ones I’ve read were decent enough, in a space opera-y way– but all very much the same.

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