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Jul 10

And you should see what comes out of my toes! Click for full image

Phil Comments: Good news, everyone! Fred Pohl claims to have invented the finglonger. (A man can dream. A man can dream.)
Published 1983

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: 8.63 out of 10)
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14 Responses to “The Way the Future Was”

  1. THX 1138 Says:

    Yeah, very impressive Uncle Fred, now let’s see you saw a rabbit in half or pull a woman out of a hat.

  2. Jaouad Says:

    The Long Fingers of Fred Pohl. Sequel?

  3. Gary Q Says:

    Why is Tobias Funke on the cover?

  4. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    You’ll see, he coordinated the right thumb rocket with his collared shirt. That’s attention to detail. A classy fellow, that Frederik Pohl.

  5. Tom Noir Says:

    This cover made me literally laugh out loud. Well, guffaw out loud.

    I think it’s just a stain on the cover, but that blotch makes it look like Mr. Pohl has an unusual palm tattoo.

  6. JuanPaul Says:

    The fingers that launched a thousand ships.

  7. Tom Hering Says:

    A Tim Burton film. Starring Johnny Depp. Frederik Rockethands. In theaters this Christmas.

  8. B. Chiclitz Says:

    So I’m ready for the disco, got the cool 70s ‘stache, got the open collared shirt, out over the jacket lapels of course, got the “hip” glasses and the slicked-back hair, but keep getting shut down by the babes. What to do? I know, let’s shoot a bunch of rockets out of our fingers, that’ll dazzle ‘em—”Hey, are those rockets coming out of your fingers or are you just glad to see me?”

  9. Bibliomancer Says:

    …and ladies, you won’t believe the rocket in his pocket!

  10. FeàrofMüsic Says:

    @B.Chiclitz: I think part of the problem was his grasp of socially acceptable witty and suggestive banter.

    “Ladies, you think my fingers are impressive, you should see what comes out of my…hey, why are you running away?”

    “They call me the Rocket Man, and it isn’t because of my fingers. I’ll send you into orbit around the Satellite of Bliss baby. Excuse me. Why are you laughing? No, really. Why are you all laughing?”

    “See these fingers? How would you like to be the first woman into orbit on a…well, yes, I know the Soviets…that isn’t what I was trying to…yes I see your massive and enraged boyfriend. I’ll just be leaving then.”

  11. B. Chiclitz Says:

    @Fear—”Satellite of Bliss”
    ;-)

  12. fred Says:

    Rockets from your fingers, Mr Pohl? My childhood mocks your feeble attempt at finger amazement.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ElVzs0lEULs

  13. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    ‘Science fiction’s golden age recalled’…if his memory involves rockets flying out of his fingers while a supernova gave him the ability to breathe in orbit around Saturn, I think his recollections are less than reliable.

  14. Phil Says:

    Sorry we mocked your cover, Fred. RIP.

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