Dec 05

It's not me, it's the electrodes moving my hand. I swear!Click for sheep removal

Bibliomancer Comments: “Listen up Ruben, I got a great idea for your novel: Masters and Johnson … in space!”

Published 1977

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: 8.08 out of 10)

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25 Responses to “Dionysus: The Ultimate Experiment”

  1. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    Ultimate…as in, “last one, before he was slapped with a restraining order.”

  2. Francis Boyle Says:

    “Teach me about this human emotion you call ‘bored indifference'”.

  3. THX 1138 Says:

    Thinks: “I’ll get away with this if I make the “parp! parp!” noise…

  4. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    Gin a body meet a body
    Comin thro’ the rye,
    Gin a body kiss a body —
    Need a body cry.

  5. Bibliomancer Says:

    The electrodes will help to locate her zero-g-spot.

  6. Longtime_Lurker Says:

    “A man and a woman locked in a space capsule test the limits of their passion in weightlessness. On earth scientists, generals and politicians test the limits of their ambition to conquer a country, a planet, a universe. It was the unthinkable, unreportable project, that would create an aberration in space, a holocaust on earth.” (Amazon) Sounds like it ends not with a bang but with a whimper.
    Nothing on Goodreads, nothing in Wikipedia and exactly 1 review on Amazon. Obscure maybe? Where did you find this thing, BM?

  7. fred Says:

    Since Dionysus is the god of theatre this must be ”Waiting For Godot’.

  8. B. Chiclitz Says:

    “Hey, wait a minute. I’m also the god of wine, ritual madness and ecstatic orgies. I’m not sure these two are up to it, actually. Way too tranqed out.”

  9. Tor Mented Says:

    Going beyond any human emotion experienced on Earth gives you maybe wombat emotions on the moon?

    Oh, and at first glance, I didn’t think those were electrodes …

  10. Tat Wood Says:

    Experiment” to see if marionettes can work in microgravity.
    Conclusion: without weight, the puppets flop about uselessly.

    Gerry Anderson lied to us.

  11. Bibliomancer Says:

    @LL – Found this gem at a used bookstore in Seattle called Twice Sold Tales. Awesome store, seemed to have more used SF paperbacks than I’ve seen anywhere else.

  12. Longtime_Lurker Says:

    Thanks BM. Are you actually going to read it? If you do please let us all know how it went and please please put a review up on Goodreads (under a false name if you prefer).

  13. Longtime_Lurker Says:

    Er, that would probably be a false false name.

  14. Bibliomancer Says:

    @LL – Read this? LOL. That implies I had purchased it.
    I bought something else. Life is too short to read dreck. Took this picture for the memories.

  15. Tom Noir Says:

    So “beyond any human emotion experienced on earth” = “I want to touch her boobs”???

  16. B. Chiclitz Says:

    Read this? LOL. That implies I had purchased it.

    Er, dear sir, perhaps you are forgetting the omnipresence of CCTV in today’s world? Telling us you did not purchase the book might imply you left it on the shelf, or it might imply this.

    Robert Mueller will be inviting you in for a chat shortly, I believe.

  17. Raoul Says:

    One and done by Billy Ruben:

  18. GSS ex-noob Says:

    Wow, we barely (har) needed Space Sheep this time. Not that we aren’t always glad to see our galaxy-spanning ovine pal.

    People experience different emotions off Earth, even though they still have the same brains? I don’t think so.

    Here’s the first, 1970 cover; trippy, man:

    Neither of these titles or blurbs makes any sense. The nekkidity in outer space is the same, though they look less bored in the earlier art.

    Someone actually owns this!

    Apparently he wrote this, a book about the Holocaust, an “inspirational” book about women, and a soap opera/pot boiler about the powerful.

    @Tat (10): I KNEW it!

    @Tor (9): Wombats on the moon? Anything like narwhals on the vestry?

  19. GSS ex-noob Says:

    Whoops. Too many links in my post. TW, please un-moderate it, it’s not spam, I promise. Just links to Mr. Ruben’s other work, and the previous edition.

    A selected line:

    @Tor (9): Wombats on the moon? Anything like narwhals on the vestry?

  20. Tag Wizard Says:

    @GSSXN – Done!

  21. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    @GSS ex-hibtionist: I hadn’t noticed until you posted the link, but it does appear as though his man bits are being exposed…except, they have their point of insertion considerably above the bladder.

    Maybe that’s the ultimate experiment? Penis transplant? 😶

  22. Tor Mented Says:


    So that’s what they mean by the Gaza Strip.

  23. Francis Boyle Says:

    Twenty two comments and nobody’s mentioned the giant sperm. HOW CAN YOU NOT SEE THE GIANT SPERM?

  24. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @DSWBT(21): Maybe that’s what gets him the new emotion, beyond Earthly ones?

    It doesn’t look terribly impressive from this angle. Might lead both of them to a new negative emotion.

    @Tor(22): Indeed. One way of solving the ongoing crisis, I guess? But were the Middle Eastern folk removed during the rewrite and new title? Because this cover looks like it’s trying to solve the problems between Norway and Sweden.

  25. A.R.Yngve Says:

    The title “Dionysus” suggests an experiment to see how drunk people can get in orbit. Which might be interesting…

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