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Sep 13

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Good Show Sir Comments: “Which one of you bastards drank the last of my Tang®”?

Published 1988

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: 6.38 out of 10)
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27 Responses to “Four Came Back”

  1. DKillBarney Says:

    “Four came back” …but only three on the cover.
    Guess the count was made by the space plumber coming out of the light.

  2. A.R.Yngve Says:

    I will defend this artwork. It’s actually quite good.

    Then why does the title logo shrink back in shame?

  3. DKillBarney Says:

    It’s being sucked into space through the door left open by the space plumber. 🙂

  4. THX 1138 Says:

    It’s OK, there were only four on the space station anyway.

  5. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    @AR: Mr. Freeman in the middle there just gave the font a good THWACK.

  6. Bibliomancer Says:

    Richard Benjamin started out as a cover model at the Unknown Artist Institute

  7. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    This book was quite popular. The publisher printed 10,000 copies. Four came back.

    I’ll get me coat.

  8. fred Says:

    With all the shiny sweaty faces their hair looks remarkably dry and fluffy. Also name tags w/o names.

  9. Lillie Awesome Says:

    @A.R.Yngve: Based on my super-scientific headcount, which comes to three, and three shall be the number of the counting, I’m going to suggest that the title of this books is actually:

    Fo Came; Ur Back

    So then the *real* question becomes, is that Fo Came staggering through the bulkhead with an intergalactic pipe wrench, and the two men in the foreground are expressing surprise at his return? Or is Fo Came one of the two men in front, who has something on the back of his jumpsuit that the audience isn’t privy to? As @fred alludes to, names on the name tags would have helped us here.

  10. Raoul Says:

    We’re down to Three Came Back.
    Two bludgeonings away from One Came Back.

  11. Alice Says:

    A classic BEHIND YOU! moment.

  12. Tat Wood Says:

    Abz, Ritchie, cancel the reunion tour – J’s bailed.

  13. Leak Says:

    @A.R.Yngve: it’s mind-BAEN-ding…

  14. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    Fo’s left thumb looks a bit naff, like he’s trying to grab at a handle that isn’t there.

  15. Tom Noir Says:

    It’s ok, Crowbar Guy, I hate moustaches too.

  16. B. Chiclitz Says:

    Underwhelming Punctuation Department:
    I thought at first the exclamation point was part of the title of Exit Earth but it’s not. The art director actually thought this blurb: “The gripping story of a plague aboard a space station—by the author of EXIT EARTH” deserved an exclamation point.

  17. Eric Says:

    @ Dead Stuff: Well, you’ll note the blurb calls it a “gripping story.” Turns out they meant that literally, it’s a story about gripping things–ornate cast iron fence posts (in space!), imaginary door handles, anything.

  18. B. Chiclitz Says:

    Biographical Background Department:
    According to Wikipedia, Martin Caidin claimed to have psychic abilities, including the power of telekinesis (although he would never allow The Amazing Randi to test him in a controlled setting). Maybe that accounts for the missing fourth comebacker.

  19. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    Maybe the reader is the fourth!

  20. B. Chiclitz Says:

    “Men, we have an emergency! The ship is understaffed. The engine room is ok, as are the storage and weaponry areas. But we need a fourth for the bridge!”

  21. Bibliomancer Says:

    @B.C. – … and we need a fifth for the Officers’ Club!

  22. Yoss Says:

    The fourth member of the staff is Rod. He’s Polish.

  23. Anna T. Says:

    I was going to make a joke about there only being three people on the cover, but that’s already been done to death . . . so what are the odds that the pipe-wielding man is planning on hijacking this spaceship?

    (High. Very high.)

  24. Tag Wizard Says:

    @Anna T. – I always put the most obvious joke in the alt-text of the picture so we get that one out the way first thing!

  25. JuanPaul Says:

    A plague aboard a space station; a plague of dramatic entrances, dramatic glances, and dramatic hair!

  26. GSS ex-noob Says:

    That’s really way more detailing of facial and neck wrinkles than I want to see.

    Was it the space station plague that so ruined their skin, while leaving hair and ‘staches so luxurious?

    🎜 some people call him the space plumber…
    some people call him Fo Came…

  27. Anti-Sceptic Says:

    It looks like a scene out of the movie Deliverance, but in space.

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