Aug 22

Mr Gorilla President! Who makes your capes... and where can we get one?Click for full image

Bob M Comments: Professor, wait! That’s not a banana! That’s NOT a banana!
Published 1980

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: 7.90 out of 10)

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40 Responses to “The Probability Broach”

  1. Phil Says:

    Planet of the Capes!

    Even gorillas use Powerpoint.

  2. Adam Roberts Says:

    ‘And, yes, I do fasten my cape with a Probability Brooch …’

  3. Stevie T Says:

    This is a book that I could never get over the cover to read. Although it sounded conceptually interesting, the cover looked too much like “Planet of the Apes” meets the U.S. Congress (let the fun times roll…).

    @Adam Roberts: My dad had this sitting on the end of one of his bookshelves, so I saw this book almost every day when I was growing up. When I learned what a “brooch” was, I thought the things holding the ape’s cape on was what the title was referring to!

  4. A.R.Yngve Says:

    “Order! Order! Will the meeting come to order, so we can elect the next GOP Presidential contender!”

  5. THX 1138 Says:

    “I hereby call this congress to an end. Now who wants ice cream?”

  6. Tom Noir Says:

    Sequels included “The Chaos Clasp” and “The Tie Clip of Eternity.”

    I’m GLAD they put a monkey on the cover. That title is about as electrifying as “The Trouble With Lichen”.

  7. Tom Hering Says:

    “Get your stinking laws off me, you damn dirty congressman!”

  8. Bilbo's master Says:

    Hey. Who do I have to blow to be able to post comments around here?

    I’ve been getting 403 FORBIDDEN TO POST errors for two days. Hath I offended thee?

    — Bibliomancer

  9. B. Chiclitz Says:

    Speaker John Boehner finally crosses the tanning-booth safety threshold.

  10. Bilbo's master Says:

    “The next human who interrupts this Seventh Continental Congress will be dodging gorilla poop!”

  11. The Tag Wizard Says:

    Hey Biblio, that’s odd indeed. Admin has emailed our genteel host to find out why the server thinks you’re a confirmed spammer.

    Anyway, good to have you back, even if it means pretending that this Bilbo fellow actually is you and not just your stalker in a body suit.

  12. Stevie T Says:

    Biblio is not the only one with a problem. For the past week, I have been unable to post from my computer. The screen just goes blank and takes my comment with it. Site comes back a second later, no post. Yesterday I got weird error codes when I tried. If this post goes through, it will be the first time in over a week. My previous posts that went through were from my smartphone.

  13. Bibliomancer Says:

    Hello world.

    Anyone seen my sock puppet?

    @Tag Wizard – just posted using my usual name/email. I guess your server didn’t like my North Korean gulag IP address.

  14. Stevie T Says:

    Sorry about the double post. Symptom of problem.

  15. The Tag Wizard Says:

    Yeah that’s what I thought. Just going through the spam bin now (and welcome back Stevie). Looks like comments coming through certain IP addresses have been automatically flagged as spam rather than as the fine hams we all know them to be.

  16. Bibliomancer Says:

    @Everybody — You might not be aware that Good Show Sir has a Chinese affiliated mirror website. It has a few (tasteful) ads on it but it is a lot easier to post comments there.

    Check it out

  17. GSS Admin Says:

    Deleted your double post Stevie, so now you look crazy! Ha!

    Sometimes, if the gods smile upon you, if you delete your web browsers temporary cache it seems to help!

  18. The Tag Wizard Says:

    Actually I’m wondering if those Pilz jokes were what set off the spam alarm in the first place 😉

  19. B. Chiclitz Says:

    @Bibliomancer 16—you are da bomb! Fell right off my chair again.

  20. David Cowie Says:

    @ Biblio 16: the first Fanthorpe book made me laugh out loud. That’s how shallow I am.

  21. fred Says:

    This cover raises some interesting possibilities for a “The Happy Hooker Goes To Washington” remake.

  22. David Cowie Says:

    @ Stevie T: I’ve never read this book either, but according to half-remembered hostile comments on Usenet, it sets the gold standard for Libertarian nuttiness. IIRC, whales with nukes come into it somewhere.

  23. Tat Wood Says:

    Yes, Virginia, there IS a General Urko

  24. Rectal Fury Says:

    Now both Bibliomancer and Bilbo’s master are blocked from posting comments.

    I guess GSS Admin really didn’t like my competing website.

    — J.R.R. “Doc” Asimov

  25. The Tag Wizard Says:

    The IP addresses we see next to your comments are shared with several other regulars who have, to our knowledge, been able to post without disruption. If clearing the browser caché didn’t help then I can only conclude that your Democratically Elected Administration is intercepting comments at source and you will be welcoming their representatives to your place of residence before too long. Meanwhile our best engineer is having a blazing hot curry while the Server Gerbil topples off its wheel for the nth time.

  26. Stevie T Says:

    @GSS Admin: Why thank you for making me look like a raving nutter (eye twitch, nervous laughter), but posting does seem to work now. Yay. Since Bibliomancer was the other one having a problem, I was starting to wonder if you had something against us yanks!

  27. A.R.Yngve Says:

    “Ape shall not filibuster ape! It is ape law.”

  28. Rachel J Says:

    @David Cowie. This book is award-winning, you know. That is, it got an award for Libertarian Science-fiction, created (and won repeatedly) by– *ahem* –none other than L. Neil Smith himself.

    I expect it’s a New York Times bestseller as well. (The ever-popular “Apes in Capes” category, no doubt.)

  29. Anti-Sceptic Says:

    Reporter: “Dr. Zaeus, what are your thoughts on stiffer gun control?”

    Dr. Zaeus: “As ‘Bright Eyes’ was once known to say: ‘You’ll have to take this gun from my cold dead hands’!”

  30. A.R.Yngve Says:

    “I salute you, Mein Ape Fuehrer!”

  31. Perry Armstrong Says:

    “I’ll see your Probability Broach, and raise you a Verisimilitude Stickpin!”

  32. A.R.Yngve Says:

    LOL! This is the cover that just keeps on giving.

  33. Tom Noir Says:

    “You there, in the back!”

    “Hi, thanks Cape Ape, long time fan. I have less of a question, more of a comment…”

  34. anon Says:

    Excuse me! I didn’t agree to be in an Apple commercial.

  35. A.R.Yngve Says:

    “Sir! Sir! Excuse me, sir, why are you not wearing any pants?”
    “Get that insolent human out of here!”

  36. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:



  37. A.R.Yngve Says:

    Still, a Gorilla President couldn’t be much worse…

  38. A.R.Yngve Says:

    “Mr. President, why did you dismiss the early warnings about the coronavirus epidemic?”

    “Fake news!”

  39. Bruce A Munro Says:

    In L Neil Smithtopia, the free market will take care of the virus. In fact, it has already tamed it, and the virus now clears up pimples, washes your dishes, and can be used as a delicious dessert topping.

  40. GSS ex-noob Says:

    How about as a floor wax?

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