Sep 01

He can't believe he's a cyborg. He's in da-Nile.Click for full image

Alice Comments: Did you ever just stare at your hand while tripping? Far out!

Published 1986

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: 8.03 out of 10)

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29 Responses to “Creatures of Light and Darkness”

  1. Tat Wood Says:

    Nature doesn’t provide nearly enough reflective surfaces for checking yourself out.

  2. Bibliomancer Says:


  3. Teary Ennui Says:

    “Wait a minute…these are fake arms!”

  4. JuanPaul Says:

    The Royal Shakespeare Company’s, “Naked Cyborg Hamlet at Giza” , was a huge success.

  5. SI Says:

    That moment when you realise you forgot to order thumbs.

  6. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    ‘I’d give an arm and a leg to visit a Pyramid!’

    ‘What if I offered you two pyramids?’

  7. Billy Awesome Says:

    “How will I manage to keep my pecs so ripped when my cyborg arms are no longer providing resistance? Oh well, I’m glad that even though my designers provided no protection for my arms’ and legs’ internal moving parts against dust, they were thoughtful enough to build me these dapper metal spats.”

  8. THX 1138 Says:

    The expression that says he’s just realised what part they’ve forgotten to include.

  9. THX 1138 Says:

    Wouldn’t creatures of light and darkness cancel each other out?

  10. A.R.Yngve Says:

    Not if they’re Hegelian Synthesis of Darkness and Light creatures.

  11. THX 1138 Says:

    Silly me!

  12. Francis Boyle Says:

    @THX 1138

    Not so much ‘forgotten’ as ‘already used up the entire planetary supply of chrome plated dildos’.

  13. B. Chiclitz Says:

    Let’s see, “This is the church, this is the steeple, open the door . . . ” Hmmmm, something’s missing.

  14. B. Chiclitz Says:

    What if it’s not a human puzzled by the fact that half of him is turning into a robot, but a robot puzzled by the fact that half of him is turning into a human?

  15. fred Says:

    Zelazny goes to China. Zelazny gets great covers worthy of his writing.

    Won’t spoil the end of this scene.

  16. Anna T. Says:

    He looks like he just woke up and discovered his shiny new robotic limbs, knowing that he had normal limbs when he went to sleep . . .

  17. B. Chiclitz Says:

    @Anna T.—or maybe he just woke up and discovered his dull and
    fleshy upper body, knowing that he had a normal metallic torso and head when he went to sleep . . .

  18. MisterBob Says:

    Perhaps he popped to Amstrad’s Integra ( CybermanDiv )Face Care System ? Every amstrad punter comes away with a free WTF face .

  19. Tat Wood Says:

    So a shop-dummy and a Gaggia coffee-machine get drunk one night and nine months later…

  20. Tom Noir Says:

    Did somebody say chrome-plated dildos???

  21. JuanPaul Says:

    Comment 20 is a perfect example of why this is the best place on the interwebs.

  22. HappyBookworm Says:

    I like the robot-turning-human explanation. Otherwise I can’t think of a reason for a man to merely have a vague “something is not right here” expression on his face while looking at his metal limbs. “Hmmm…oh, yeah…I forgot I was a cyborg…”

  23. Jeff Vader Says:

    Someone´s decapitated the Sphinx, dumped the head in the sand and stolen off with the body! My bet´s the creatures of darkness that did it…

  24. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    @TagWizard: another candidate for the beloved, neglected epic thoughts tag?

  25. Tag Wizard Says:

    @DSWBT — Yes. A sadly neglected tag.

  26. B. Chiclitz Says:

    @Tag Wizard—well, if we have epic thoughts (as we should), shouldn’t we perhaps also have vapid thoughts?

  27. A.R.Yngve Says:

    What deep thoughts race through this man’s head as he ponder his bionic limbs? What majestic ponderings go through his mind…?

    “How am I ever going to wipe my butt with THESE? The claws go right through the toilet paper!”

  28. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @ARY: Maybe the bionic hands can double as bidets?

  29. Calyx Says:

    “…So, biceps 20cms…” Calibrators at the ready.

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