May 17

It's like Russian Roulette ... in space!Click for larger image

Tom Noir Comments: More like the Hair Salons of Isher – and bitch, you look fabulous!!!
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: 8.38 out of 10)

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15 Responses to “The Weapon Shops of Isher”

  1. MakkaPakka Says:

    A space Wheel of Fortune?… congratulations you have won a dry board marker/multimeter/oddly shaped paint brush?

  2. THX 1138 Says:

    Stay out of the black and into the red, you get nothing at all for two in a bed.

  3. Tom Noir Says:

    I did not realize GSS had a “blow dryer gun” tag, but I’m so glad it does!

  4. Bibliomancer Says:

    Rutger Hauer hosts “The Wheel of Electric Shavers”

  5. Francis Boyle Says:

    Lets see: (lockwise from the left) cattle prod/sex toy, sex toy, single cylinder motorcycle engine, Star Trek communicator seen from the back, not sure, but it probably makes a great smoothie, poorly designed sex toy, definitely a sex toy. Not illustrated: anything I’d want to go into battle with.

  6. Tor Mented Says:

    You’ll shoot your eyes out.

  7. B. Chiclitz Says:

    So—another character who can’t be a teacher because he has no pupils! I think I may have stumbled onto a hidden genre here. “Can’t be a teacher” might be a nice tag, no?
    Probably not.

  8. Raoul Says:

    @BC – Can’t be a potato either.

  9. B. Chiclitz Says:


  10. Tat Wood Says:

    I was so impressed I bought the company

  11. Anna T. Says:

    “Broken, broken, hairdryer . . .”

  12. JuanPaul Says:

    They call the gun on the lower right “The Shocker”.

  13. Longtime_lurker Says:

    That blurb–let’s see …
    Future past astounding with clash battlefield with is … Nope. Makes just as much or as little sense that way.

  14. fred Says:

    If time is the battlefield and Isher is selling the weapons, who is selling the watches?

  15. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @ B’mancer (4): has beat me to what I was going to say. “All these razors will be lost in space… time to die.”

    @Francis (5): perfectly described.

    The Mr. points out that the protagonist of the original title story is just a regular middle-aged businessman, not some glowing blow-dried superhero. He really likes this series. I think this is the GSS cover he’s found the most personally offensive. 🙂 Our copy’s cover is much less horrible. And, of course, the J’ai Lu cover is even worse.

    Doesn’t this also need a “glow” tag?

    The motto of the Shops is “The right to buy weapons is the right to be free.” Sadly, you probably can’t use the weapons to ensure you’re free of bad SF art.

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