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Good Show Sir Comments: Awkward Family Photos
Published 1967

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: 8.90 out of 10)
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35 Responses to “Living Way Out”

  1. Tom Noir Says:

    Not the author’s real name. He requested the publisher give him a pseudonym after he saw this cover and went, “WHY MAN???”

  2. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    Even in the choice suburbs, the view out the window isn’t that great.

  3. L.B. Says:

    ‘Here’s the story, of a one-eyed lady…’

  4. B. Chiclitz Says:

    The nuclear family—literally.

  5. Bibliomancer Says:

    Someone gave Mom a “Cooking with Mescaline” book for Christmas.

  6. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    Why, yes, the author was heavily involved with drugs. Why do you ask?

  7. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    The cover gets better if you imagine a head swap between Father and Spot.

  8. B. Chiclitz Says:

    Seems like that seven-legged dog has just been spayed (spade, get it? See his tail? Sorry). Plus it looks like he got into the psilocybin jar again.

  9. Raoul Says:

    I don’t know what’s so odd here. This is exactly what my family used to look like when I came home from college over the holidays.

  10. Joachim Boaz Says:

    Despite the horrific cover, I HIGHLY recommend finding the collection. It contains Guin’s masterpiece short story “Beyond Bedlam” (1951) and plenty of other wry and intriguing visions…

    I reviewed it: https://sciencefictionruminations.wordpress.com/2016/06/06/book-review-living-way-out-variant-title-beyond-bedlam-wyman-guin-1967/

  11. Ray P Says:

    Look like a family who could turn out at Willie Wonka’s factory.

  12. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    Show of hands, please: who thinks the daughter looks more than a bit like Stephen Fry?

  13. B. Chiclitz Says:

    @DSWBT—I guess that’s why she has her hand on daddy’s inner thigh.

  14. Yoss Says:

    @Dead Stuff
    I can see the resemblance.

    Looks kind of like a mask though. And a serious case of big head, small face syndrome.

  15. Tat Wood Says:

    He’s on a throne because it’s the Country of the Blind. Hence the decor.

  16. Anna T. Says:

    I guess the style of the ’50s really does come back in the future . . . with a colour palette that would make the people of the ’80s wince. Hell, it would probably make the Victorians wince. Gods know it’s hurting my eyes.

    Such are the fashion disasters of the future.

  17. THX 1138 Says:

    Are they sliding down the carpet towards us?

  18. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    @THX: perhaps they’re using the dog as some kind of stopper…

    Speaking of said dog: given the unusual circle around his head, given the supernumerary legs, and given the fins on the tail, I’m inclined to think he’s half-squid.

  19. Francis Boyle Says:

    @DSWBT

    I was going with Dubya. Stephen Fry wouldn’t be seen dead with that hair.

    I’m now going to “click for full image”. If you don’t hear from me again, you’ll know what happened.

  20. GSS noob Says:

    It’s been 3 hours since Francis Boyle last commented. Poor sod.

    Except for the ears (which you can’t see except if you look at the larger image), I’d think Junior was adopted, like the one normal cousin in The Munsters. Bog-standard early 70’s outfit, close to normal features/proportions.

  21. JuanPaul Says:

    When they say “one of the most exciting writers of our time” they are referring to Wyman’s wild and lavish lifestyle, not his writing.

  22. classicOz Says:

    I suspect the lady who did that restoration of Jesus was heavily influenced by this book cover

  23. A.R.Yngve Says:

    Granted, this looks weird, but any given photograph of Ted Cruz’ face looks weirder by a magnitude.

  24. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    Regarding #19…does anyone know if FB has next of kin? Close friends? Distant relatives? A Teddy Ruxpin? A suspiciously crusty towel? Big teeth?

  25. GSS noob Says:

    @ARY (24): True — Dad here looks less weird than Cruz.

    Francis? Are you there? It’s us, GSS. (shout out to all my sisters of a certain age)

  26. Francis Boyle Says:

    I survived. Triggered a regeneration, but I survived. Who knew I was part time Lord?

  27. GSS noob Says:

    Whew! I’m sure your choice of outfit will settle soon.

  28. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    @Francis Boyle: Welcome back, as long as you’re not the peculiar American remake…

  29. GSS noob Says:

    @DSWBT: Oi! There’s nowt wrong with Paul McGann (he still looks great). Francis could do much worse.

  30. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    @GSS Time Lady: I see you a Paul McGann and raise you Roger Hargreaves!

  31. GSS noob Says:

    @DSWBT: I’ll take a Four, a Ten, and a Twelve… probably a Three…

  32. Francis Boyle Says:

    It’s a bit of a pain since I had to disappear and assume a new identity. On the other hand I now look suspiciously like David Tennant. . .

    @GSS noob
    Given that – I’m considering naked.

  33. GSS noob Says:

    @Francis: Well, at least Tennant’s one that you wouldn’t have to gouge your eyes out after seeing him starkers. He’s right tasty in a kilt, though.

  34. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    WHY MY INTERVENTION FAILED.

  35. GSS ex-noob Says:

    If that was your family, you’d have good reason to drink or take drugs. Seeing them could only bring on a relapse.

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