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Feet are REALLY hard to drawClick for larger image

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FluffyGhostKitten Comments: Dude, ‘flying by the seat of your pants’ is a figure of speech!

Published 1983

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: 7.83 out of 10)
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17 Responses to “The Fires of Paratime”

  1. THX 1139 Says:

    They call him Twinkletoes… you don’t want to know what they call the local mall.

  2. fred Says:

    I ‘m guessing the anatomical issues tag is connected to the phallic structure tag.

  3. B. Chiclitz Says:

    The verbal gibberish of the title is matched by the visual gibberish of the cover, so that’s something at least.

    By the way, “footloose”—is that a new tag? GSS!

  4. Francis Boyle Says:

    Someone is. . .

    Frustrated.

  5. Bibliomancer Says:

    Well, if you’re going to spell the author’s name wrong, at least bury it in an unreadable font.

  6. B. Chiclitz Says:

    The Fires of Paraffin

  7. Tat Wood Says:

    Thanks for the wraparound, it explains everything. A giant Terry’s Chocolate Orange being fired out of a volcano at a mall made of kitchen-foil would need a special kind of superhero.

    Mind you, with the dodgy perspectives in this picture, it could just be a normal-sized one being shot at by a three-inch man really close to us.

  8. Bruce A Munro Says:

    Typical: checks to see if he has his keys but forgets his feet.

    There seems to be someone else flying to the left of the Big Tent: another protagonist, or are flying people a common thing on the Volcano Planet?

    That’s some interesting variety in architectural styles on the Volcano Planet: some classical type ruins on the far left, some work in the Partially Digested Innards school in the middle, and a giant tent of chrome on the right. Meant to represent the recurrance of civilization-ending oranges?

  9. THX 1139 Says:

    Woah, someone’s tomato soup is beyond ready!

  10. Verylatetotheparty Says:

    @Bibliomancer & Tag Wizard: So is the authors name wrong then? I only vaguely know it and I don’t know if I’m experiencing the Mandela effect.

  11. Bruce A Munro Says:

    @Verylatetotheparty, it’s one s and two t’s, as here: https://www.google.com/search?q=the+fires+of+paratime&rlz=1C1PQHS_enUS499US522&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwj8746B2dPhAhUBMawKHX9TC2kQ_AUIDygC&biw=800&bih=487#imgrc=H-Y2TWc6wdqOSM:

    Apparently the chap who’s doing the zappy thing eventually becomes a TIME GOD.

  12. Tag Wizard Says:

    @VLTTP – Modesitt spells his name as tagged. SFBC begs to differ.

  13. Verylatetotheparty Says:

    Thanks Bruce, Tag Wizard. Now back to proper, serious GSS issues – ha ha, the tower looks a bit like a thingy, fnar fnarr.

  14. GSS ex-noob Says:

    Extremely phallic, slightly yonic*, overwhelmingly stupid.

    Is he firing at Paratime? Is what he’s firing a Paratime? Did he lose his feet in Paratime?

    The structure on the front could be some kind of inflatable tent thingy. I remember before the Sydney Olympics, they had a touring exhibition going around to other countries (they took over our mall parking lot) that was partially enclosed in an inflatable Sydney Opera House. But it didn’t make me think “is ‘frenulum’ the word I’m looking for here?”

    *Particularly with the misspelling of the author’s last name, which will remind ladies of A Certain Age of… a feminine hygiene product.

  15. Anti-Sceptic Says:

    After the buildup of the countdown and everyone shouts a loud “Happy New Years!”, does the head get lowered down?

  16. anon Says:

    IF I AM A SHEET FORT REP…
    Jr. Models Site

  17. A.R.Yngve Says:

    “So how was Burning Man?”
    “Well… either it the was the most awesome experience of my life, or someone slipped LSD into my drink…”

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