Apr 18

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Good Show Sir Legal Direction: Tell Huxley to call off his lawyers. I’m changing the title to “Brand New World”.
Published 1964

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: 6.90 out of 10)

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27 Responses to “A Brand New World”

  1. THX 1138 Says:

    I can show you the world
    Shining, shimmering, splendid
    Tell me, princess, now when did
    You last let your heart decide!

    I can open your eyes
    Take you wonder by wonder
    Over sideways and under
    On a magic frisbee ride

    A brand new world!

    …well, you get the idea with that.

  2. Bibliomancer Says:

    Step aside folks. I got this one.

    If they added a new planet to the solar system, they had to shove it past Uranus!

  3. Raoul Says:

    @Bibliomancer – They must have put it where the Sun don’t shine!

  4. MakkaPakka Says:

    Some kind of alien Quidditch. He’s got the quaffle.

  5. B. Chiclitz Says:

    “An inhabited planet joins the solar system.”

    Yeah, Einstein, it’s called “Earth.”

  6. fred Says:

    1) If the title has an explanatory blurb is the blurb considered a part of the title.
    2) Is that a brow on his lower lip?

  7. Tom Noir Says:

    This is NOT how you play table tennis.

  8. Tat Wood Says:

    Mr Tomorrow: the Youth Club Years

  9. JuanPaul Says:

    This finally makes sense. An epic game of dodge ball.

  10. Longtime_lurker Says:

    Cummings was pre-Golden-Age pulp. According to Wikipedia he died in 1957 and Brand New World was first published in Argosy in 1928. It doesn’t seem to be on Project Gutenberg, but is apparently available here:, if you can be bothered.

  11. JuanPaul Says:

    @LL I never would have matched the portrait with the cover art.

  12. Ray P Says:

    “Klytus I’m bored. What plaything can you offer me today?”

  13. Longtime_lurker Says:

    Not only have we had Cummings on GSS before, but he even used the ‘interloper in the solar system” device before:,

  14. Anna T. Says:

    There is another potential solution to this “joins the Solar System” oddness: they terraformed Mars.

    Of course, it’s probably a planet in a different solar system, and the blurb writer didn’t understand the difference between “solar system” and “interstellar civilization”.

    On a different note: what’s with that guy’s Orb of Power, and where can I get one?

  15. Bibliomancer Says:

    @ Lurker – Good catch.

  16. B. Chiclitz Says:

    Hey Tag Wizard, “let’s shoot hoops!” is brilliant! Can’t wait for the second book that earns the tag.

  17. B. Chiclitz Says:

    @Anna T—That puts the blurb writer on a par with the artist, who seems to have skipped the “What is a Palette?” class at the Unknown Artists Institute.

  18. Tag Wizard Says:

    @B.C. – Thank you! I’m sure the second book is already waiting for you to find it in the archives.

  19. Hammy Says:

    @Tag Wizard (#18), B. Chiclitz (#16):

    How’s this for a candidate for the “let’s shoot hoops” tag?

  20. RachelJ Says:

    @Anna T. Nope. It’s a formerly extra-solar planet entering the Solar System. (See the link provided by Longtime_lurker).

  21. B. Chiclitz Says:

    @Hammy—Good find, sir! Gets my vote.

  22. Hammy Says:


    I particularly liked that the Refugee/Tyrant-of-the-Future is gliding in for a finger-roll layup, all while toting the largest Nerf gun in outer space!

  23. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @Hammy: Perfect. Even the mouseover text agrees.

  24. RachelJ Says:

    Another must-have tag: Strangely Familiar Title/Copycat Title.

    Here’s another candidate.

  25. A.R.Yngve Says:

    Worst. Gallstone. Removal. Ever.

  26. Anti-Sceptic Says:

    I don’t know why, but this cover reminded me of this old classic:

  27. Monty Says:

    @Anti-Sceptic They found the red moon! Smaller than advertised.

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