Dec 20

Good to know they're still selling Marlboros in the 22nd century.Click for larger image

Good Show Sir Comments: “I thought your ‘Ladies Drink Free’ promotion would attract more women into the club. What are we doing wrong?”

Published 1989

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: 6.69 out of 10)

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22 Responses to “Desperate Measures”

  1. THX 1138 Says:

    Man, this is a classy joint… you even get a massage.

  2. fred Says:

    ….drunk co-pilot and a hot date. Just thought I would point out the error.
    That table hologram is the same floor show George Smiley watched in the Smiley’s People mini-series. I believe he called it ‘very artistic’.

  3. JuanPaul Says:

    Somebody please open the airlock.

  4. Bibliomancer Says:

    One not liking it at Goodreads:

    This is a small book where almost nothing happens. It’s a play on a space heist storyline, which holds a lot of promise.

    The book has a flippant tone without ever being satirical. The whole things reads like a formula cliché. The majority of the characters are formulaic and 2 dimensional. The woman are either promiscuous, shrew-like, or both. The men are generally clueless and stupid.

    The old trope of “Everything could be resolved if the characters talked to each other” is so over used that it seems the only way the author can build tension.

    I was looking for a good old space romp with some shenanigans, what I got was 250 pages of bland characters, insulting stereotypes, and weak plot.

  5. JuanPaul Says:

    BDSM tag maybe? Wouldn’t it be awesome if when someone searched BDSM and the first site to come up was GSS?

    Also, I think I recognize these “actors”

  6. Tom Noir Says:

    In the future, you’ll go to the pub to watch your porn.

  7. Ray P Says:

    Funny-looking hand on screen behind the bar; Funny-looking hand of Herrera on shoulder of Betty Page fan.

  8. Tor Mented Says:

    Try this. While sitting at a table, lean to your right until the right side of your face is on the table like Mr. Passed-Out Guy there. Now consider where the rest of your body is in relation to the guy sitting next to you.
    They must be close friends.

  9. JuanPaul Says:

    @tor surely you aren’t suggesting…CONJOINED TWINS???

  10. fred Says:

    I swear more artistic care was given to the flowery shirt than any other part of the cover.

  11. B. Chclitz Says:

    Do you think, when the author was but a small boy, his mother, when scolding him for his boyish wrongdoings, would begin by saying “Joe Clifford?” in that tone of voice? All of his young life he awaited that dreadful sound, “Joe Clifford?,” “Joe Clifford?!,” “Joe Clifford!!” Until he finally cracked and became a writer out of revenge. I think that accounts for the table hologram.

  12. Tag Wizard Says:

    @B. “Chclitz” – You’re gonna hafta start spelling your fake name right or you’ll end up in permanent moderation. 🙂

  13. Tor Mented Says:

    @JuanPaul: Yes, conjoined twins. Their bodies are occupying the same space. How else could that be? 😇

  14. Raoul Says:

    @Tor #8 – I tried your suggestion and the guy at the bar next to me slipped me his phone number!

  15. B. Chiclitz Says:

    @Tag Wizard—Why, I feel like a ruddy schoolboy. Thanks for your indulgence.

  16. Tor Mented Says:

    @Raoul: LOL!

  17. Tat Wood Says:

    This looks suspiciously like futuristic MacGyver/Jack Dalton slash from 1993. In which case the hologram might actually be raising the tone a little.

  18. GSS ex-noob Says:

    The Rock in a Hawaiian shirt doesn’t look happy with the Harvey-esque gent. Meanwhile, Captain Mal has passed out drunk and Zoe’s probably looking for him.

    Also, this is the gayest bar I’ve seen in a while, and I live near San Francisco.

    @B’mancer (4): So at least the cover matches the contents.

    @JuanPaul (5): well spotted.

    @Tor (8): see my first para. and Raoul’s comment.

    @Tat (17): ‘Cept Mac wouldn’t be drunk. Or smoking. But yeah.

    Guess Mr. Mattingly missed part of “How to Draw Hands” week at UAI. Probably skipped out on Friday to go to a bar, having only learned how to draw one right hand, forced to use that for everyone on this cover.

  19. A.R.Yngve Says:

    “See the depraved future of the year 2020, when cyberpunks watch sleazy single-color holograms in bars with – wonder of wonders – wall screens!”

  20. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @ARY: We had color Jumbotrons in 1989, so I don’t see why the artist’s imagination didn’t extend to a future bar having a full-color TV that didn’t have to come as a mosaic of screens. Especially as “giant TV you can hang on the wall” was already a well-worn trope for the The Future. Nor can I explain why the holograms are only one color when this book came out 12 years after “Star Wars”.

    Maybe it’s a retro 1980s themed (gay) bar, which would also explain the pack of Marlboros.

  21. Ryan Says:

    Consider how the Hawaiian shirt guy is drawing his pistol. Is he planning on reaching his right hand all the way around his left ear to point it at the menacing masseuse?

    Unless he is VERY flexible, he is not otherwise going to clear his jacket, the passed out guy, and the menacing masseuse’s right hand in any meaningful manner.

    Except perhaps to fire it at the monochrome hologram for some reason.

  22. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @Ryan: Very true.

    Maybe the big guy is doing a Vulcan nerve pinch and telling Hawaiian shirt guy to “ease that gat out slow”. Or asking him to shoot the hologram or the passed-out guy.

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