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Good Show Sir Comments: It’s a Two-Fer TuesdayGerman Sex-Robot Extravaganza!

1. From the Asimov After Dark collection.

2. Miss Mavis Ming has undergone quite a transformation.

Published 1990 and 1984

Thanks to Erika for sending these in.

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: 8.75 out of 10)

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45 Responses to “Anti-Körper & Die Transformation der Mavis Ming”

  1. THX 1138 Says:

    #1: “Sorry, that is a bit cold, I’ll run myself under the hot tap…”

    #2: You can put lipstick on a robot, but you can’t make it whistle. Is that right?

  2. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    Achtung! Die Schkwisschenmädchen haben grosse Zungeschlorppe mit die Sorayamamekka!

  3. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    @TagZauberer: Es gibt eine Eule zwischen <<Science>> und <<Fiction>>.

  4. B. Chiclitz Says:

    #2: Trump’s fantasy of how the meeting with Merkel went last week.

  5. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    @BC: Some things cannot be unseen, DAMN YOU! 😉

  6. fred Says:

    Sorry, have to get back to my investigation of Alberto Vargas artwork.

  7. Bibliomancer Says:

    Whoa! Miss Mavis Ming has thighs like a T.Rex. Proportional issues maybe?

  8. fred Says:

    Kirkus review of book 1.

    ‘How obnoxious is he? Well, among other things he likes to masturbate while being interviewed on TV.’

  9. Tat Wood Says:

    Soundtrack for #2
    @Bibliomancer: it’s perspective – she’s trying to attack the artist.

  10. Raoul Says:

    This soundtrack works for both today’s covers:

    When I read today was “German Sex Robot Extravaganza” I thought to myself: I read a lot of blogs, but only GSS provides the content I need to stay informed and get through my day.
    Good Show Sir!

  11. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    Their son.

  12. Bibliomancer Says:

    @DSWBT – Their son they don’t like to talk about.

  13. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:


    ‘You know how to whistle, don’t you, Stevebot?

    import mouth
    import air

    ans = True

    while ans:
    if lips.together == 0;
    grep lips|mv /together

    elif lips.together == 1;
    mv air.obj /dev/null


  14. Alice Says:

    The question is whether one would be embarrassed to be seen reading these on a German bus.

  15. B. Chiclitz Says:

    I’ve mentioned this work before, but for those Jungen und Mädchen who wish to explore this trope or meme more deeply, IMHO nobody has done it better than Zappa. Check out this little ditty from Joe’s Garage where Joe is about to enter a dark night of the soul after hooking up with a Pan-Sexual Roto-Plooker named SY BORG.

  16. Sue Says:

    #1 I feel the more fleshy of the two has possibly dislocated her shoulder. Goodness only knows what’s happened to her hip.

    #2 Oh wait, there’s the missing hip!

  17. Anna T. Says:

    Is making love to a robot a common fantasy for Germans? Because judging by these covers, it is.

  18. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    @AnnaT: I’ve visited Berlin, and everyone seemed normal enough. Mind you, I was only there for five days, so I didn’t talk to anyone about Sechs. 🙂

  19. JuanPaul Says:

    What I’m taking away from these covers is, robot sex is not all that sexy.

  20. Tat Wood Says:

    @Raoul: I think this might also work

  21. Ray P Says:

    I must have missed the sexy Asimov stories. Ironically, he died of A.I.D.S..

  22. Francis Boyle Says:

    Number one’s enough to put a man off lesbian porn for life. I’m not sure what sort of sex is going on in number 2 but I’m off that too.

  23. GSS ex-noob Says:

    I think Miss Mavis Ming deserves a Sir Mix-a-Lot tag.

    WTF does #1 have to do with Asimov? His robots were never sexy. His books didn’t have sex in them. Huh.. apparently he wrote the forward — did he read the book? Did he know his name was gonna be in such large type? Because from that Kirkus review, this was… not the sorta thing Isaac dug.

    Perhaps some German anti-sex-robot league commissioned these covers. Certainly off-putting to me as well.

  24. Tag Wizard Says:

    @GSS ex-noob – Baby got back!

  25. Tom Noir Says:

    @GSS – I seem to recall some of Asimov’s books in the 70’s containing sex*.

    * and robots**

    ** but not necessarily both at the same time.

  26. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    ‘Fe + 3O2 + 2H2O = 2Fe2O3H2O’

    ‘Oh, you like it rough, do you?’

  27. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @DSWBT: Eh, she’s a little rusty.

  28. GSS ex-noob Says:

    Whoa, these covers currently stand at #1, ahead of the screaming guy of “Wheels” and our old pal ISTBE centaur!

  29. Michael Toland Says:

    “Kirkus review of book 1.

    ‘How obnoxious is he? Well, among other things he likes to masturbate while being interviewed on TV.’

    Kind of hard to take the review seriously when the writer and/or editor don’t know the difference between “forth” and “fourth.”

  30. JuanPaul Says:

    Well, this is a great way to end a GSS week that was the equivalent of taking a cold shower every morning.

  31. fred Says:

    Domo arigato, sexo roboto.

  32. Tat Wood Says:

    Two obvious Spring 1999 pop videos for #1 but they’re oddly hard to find: the pictures from this went with a different mix of the song and Add N to (X)’s animated ‘Metal Fingers in My Body’ is now completely absent. (The first minute is at the end of this ripe speciment on late-night Channel 4 from the 90s, about 4:30 in

    Cover #2 is the reason ‘WandaVision’ is only seven episodes long.

  33. Leak Says:

    @Tat: Try (very NSFW) – that’s the second result when searching Google for ‘Metal Fingers in My Body’ and choosing “Videos” at the top…

  34. Max Bathroom Says:

    @Tat Wood
    Gary Numan’s electric friend springs to mind as well.

    There’s also Chrome’s 1979 album Half Machine Lip Moves, which is probably the only concept album about robot hookers ever recorded. Not sure if that one came out before or after the Zappa album with the song Raul mentioned on it, though…

  35. B. Chiclitz Says:

    @Max B—If it’s Joe’s Garage you’re thinking of, it was originally released in 1979 also. I guess it was part of the, er, zeitgeist of the time.

  36. Max Bathroom Says:

    @B. Chiclitz
    Thanks. To be honest, there’s so much Zappa, I always wonder how anybody can manage to keep track of it all.
    Chrome, Numan and Zappa. Maybe they were inspired by somebody else? I think that Kraftwerk album with them in red on the cover and the song about robots came out the year before…

  37. GSS ex-noob Says:

    And so “German Norks” week concludes as it began.

    GSS!!! to Admin and Tag. Really one of your primo theme weeks.

    @Max: On #2, she’s getting Zappa’d by a Chrome Numan, right?

  38. Bruce A Munro Says:

    #1: the US cover was distinctly less pervy:

    #2: Shocking twist! Mavis is the robot, post-transformation.

  39. Bruce A Munro Says:

    Apparently the author is a cultural historian of horror, which makes the book as described very much on brand.

  40. B. Chiclitz Says:

    @Max B—Well, to be honest, I was never too into the whole Kraftwerk, Numan technopop genre, though I enjoyed some of it. I think Zappa was playing off it or parodying it, since he sets that particular song in German (then sings it again in English) on Joe’s Garage. But as far as machine sex goes, it was in fact one of Zappa’s “conceptual continuities” throughout his whole career.

    For example:
    “A gypsy mutant industrial vacuum cleaner dances about a mysterious night time camp fire. Festoons. Dozens of imported castanets, clutched by the horrible suction of its heavy duty hose, waving with marginal erotic abandon in the midnight autumn air.” (Chunga’s Revenge [1970] sleeve note.)

    Reveries involving industrial vacuums seem to have been one of his favorite erogenous zones, although in Joe’s Garage it gets a bit more “poetic” as Joe swoons,
    This is exciting
    I never plooked
    A tiny chrome-plated machine
    That looks like a magical pig
    With marital aids stuck all over it
    Such as yourself before

  41. Max Bathroom Says:

    @B. Chiclitz
    Sounds like Zappa was definitely there first, then. My bad.

  42. B. Chiclitz Says:

    @Max B—Not at all. On GSS the only bad things are the covers! And even they’re great. Everything else is just grist for the mill. 😉

  43. GSS ex-noob Says:

    The covers this week were so … uh… *gestures feebly* that truly, only Zappa could conceptualize the whole… uh… *gestures again*

    Uberzeigeist, maybe?

  44. Bruce A Munro Says:

    Uber zeitgeist: the defining spirit of delivery drivers?

  45. B. Chiclitz Says:

    @Bruce AM—GSS! 😉

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