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Mar 19

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Good Show Sir Comments: No Place to Lie Down! Gotta Run!

Published 1956

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: 7.50 out of 10)
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18 Responses to “Mankind on the Run”

  1. THX 1139 Says:

    Are you the keymaster?

  2. Bibliomancer Says:

    This gas station is making damn sure you don’t drive off with their restroom key.

  3. fred Says:

    This locating device is incredibly accurate. It will take you to within less than 12, yes I said 12, parsecs of your desired destination.

  4. Tat Wood Says:

    It looks like you’re escaping an evil dystopia.

    Would you like help?

  5. JuanPaul Says:

    No place on earth to lie down…yes, a long layover in an airport does suck.

  6. Alice Says:

    I’m calling perspective problems on this one. Is that a giant key BEHIND YOU!? Or is it a normal-sized key and chain that they are staring at, in horror, in the foreground?

  7. Francis Boyle Says:

    You can lie down right there. Plenty of space. Might not want to go to sleep what with standard Sci-Fi health and safety regulations in force but five minutes on your back’s not going to kill you.

  8. Verylatetotheparty Says:

    Constantly losing your keys because you’re on the run with no place on earth to lie down? Everybody is talking about this simple solution!

  9. Tor Mented Says:

    What ring key dink artwork.

  10. Bruce A Munro Says:

    As in so many SF futures, “railings” seem to have become a lost art.

    Not “nowhere to hide”, but “no place to lie down?” So They get you when you’re sleeping?

    Who They are is unclear: a golden key, a golden ring-shaped object…are they running from some sort of Space Marriage Proposal?

    @Tat Wood, @Verylatetotheparty: I believe all I can say is GSS!

  11. GSS ex-noob Says:

    Is that the giant key to Superman’s Fortress of Solitude? Why is it hovering?

    Why is there no place to lie down? Looks like ample room for both of them to have a bit of a kip there as long as they don’t roll over too far. But it seems to imply that her kneeling is dangerous as well.

    If they stop running and lie down, does the giant key/manacle catch them? Do both of them have commitment issues and are running from a wedding ring attached to a key that’s flying at them from the front? Or is the ring fleeing from them and they don’t have locksmiths in the future either? Nowhere to lie down when you’re locked out of your house?

    Why doesn’t the key/ring combo have swoosh lines like the cover?

    There’s some rockets up left — are they traveling to a planet where you can lie down?

    Gord really was outstanding in a field by himself — where was that blurb when it was needed?

    Here’s a description which explains some of the art, but not why it involves “mankind” running instead of just these two.

    https://www.amazon.com/Run-Gordon-R-Dickson-ebook/dp/B00HSBNSDU/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=

  12. B. Chiclitz Says:

    @GSSxn—I think that’s where he was finally able to lie down, exhausted after a terrible bout of the runs, and unable, what’s worse, to insert the enormous key into the gas station restroom lock.

  13. Anti-Sceptic Says:

    Get up or that chastity belt & key are gonna chastise you!

  14. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @A-S: That explains their expressions. She’s thinking of how uncomfortable it will be, and he’s thinking it means he won’t be able to shag the blonde any more.

    Or, being the future, maybe the other way around.

  15. Noel Says:

    I could feel the wind rushing through my hair when I read the word ‘RUN’.

  16. Anna T. Says:

    “I KNEW we shouldn’t have put the key on the collar of our invisible, barely-controllable rabid dog!”

  17. Tag Wizard Says:

    @ Anna – Welcome back. I was worried you went Dead Stuff With Big Teeth on us.

  18. A.R.Yngve Says:

    The prophetic novel MANKIND ON THE RUN correctly predicted the jogging craze of the 1970s.. but its unfortunate speculation about an alien invasion of giant, sentient key chains ruined sales.

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