Sep 04

One second before they fell on their assesClick for larger image

Rick Deckard Comments: Doug Weaver. The one-hit-wonder of science fiction cover artists.

Published 1961

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: 7.55 out of 10)

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22 Responses to “1976 … the Year of Terror”

  1. THX 1139 Says:

    The older I get, the more I realise every year is the year of terror…

  2. Bibliomancer Says:

    Oh, a history book! Don’t we save these for Honourable Mentions?

  3. Francis Boyle Says:

    Well, 1976 was undoubtedly a year of terror mainly due to Doug Hammersmith beating me up behind the bike sheds and stealing my lunch money. Since the blurb doesn’t go into detail I’m forced to assume that’s what the book is about. (Odd, though, that I don’t remember the submachine gun or the distressed-clothed damsel.)

  4. MakkaPakka Says:

    I am troubled that, uniquely, the “and” is not capitalised, otherwise I like it.

  5. fred Says:

    Anti-Kennedy propaganda?

  6. B. Chiclitz Says:

    Although I am somewhat embarrassed to point this out, we need a “Nip Slip” tag here.

  7. Tag Wizard Says:

    @B. Chiclitz – Then you’ll be even more embarrassed when you notice that the tag was already there.

  8. Lillie Awesome Says:

    OK, first, it took me a couple of reads before I realized it wasn’t ruthless mets battling the secret police, but rather ruthless mobs. Honestly, I think it would probably have been a better story my way, but I’m not the boss.

    Second, just precisely for whom are we supposed to be rooting? Ruthless mobs don’t sound so great, but I can’t say I’m a big fan of secret police either. Such a dilemma.

    And finally, her left side and his right side should get together and make a family, and vice versa. The four of them might produce a couple of symmetrical offspring.

  9. B. Chiclitz Says:

    @Tag W—Oops, I guess my eyes were slipping too! Appy-polly-loggies.

    (I could say that since my tag comments are so routinely ignored, I wrote one I knew would get a response, but that would be a lie 😉 )

  10. Francis Boyle Says:

    Ah, ruthless mobs. I take back what I said earlier. Obviously about a zombie sheep outbreak, then.

  11. B. Chiclitz Says:

    @Francis B—I thought it was “ruthless moops” at first. After they invaded Spain.

  12. Raoul Says:

    Accurately predicted the rise and tyrannical reign of Emperor Jimmy Carter. ★★★★

  13. Anna T. Says:

    @Raoul: Yeah, horrifying, because the Americans elected an actually decent human to their highest office.

  14. Tat Wood Says:

    The shocking true story of how Neil and Christine Hamilton first met.

  15. THX 1139 Says:

    I wonder if Bill Grundy reviewed this on A Better Read?

  16. Bruce A Munro Says:

    I’m not quite convinced that those two are crouching/sitting on a solid surface rather than awkwardly floating, and I’m a bit doubtful about that hidden leg.

    Took me a little time to figure out “mobs” as well. One possibility was “mehs”, indicating the Secret Police were battling the savage forces of indifference.

  17. Line Noise Says:

    C’mon! Disco wasn’t that bad!

  18. GSS ex-noob Says:

    AKA “The Year of Love”, which makes me wonder about George’s love life.

    I read it as “Ruthless Mods” and thought “but mods and rockers weren’t still a thing in 1976”. That is one badly capitalized and colored tagline.

    Does the tagline mean the damsel is Ruth, whom the mobs are after? Is the dude with the secret police? His attire suggests maybe, particularly the trousers and boots. (Needs “booties” tag)

    Which one of them has the power of levitation? Did he develop that after losing a leg? The attention to detail on the bottom of Ruth’s shoe is amazing.

    I don’t know about you guys, but 1976 wasn’t orange in my area, it was red white and blue everydamn where you went.

  19. Hammy Says:

    Funny, I read the blurb as saying “ruthless molls.” At least that would have sort of made sense with the cover picture and all….

  20. A.R.Yngve Says:

    Ah, the terrors of 1976. I remember the terror of disco… Jimmy Savile… Punk Rock… trying to quit the “Record of the Month” Club…. and having only two TV channels.

  21. GSS ex-noob Says:

    I do have to correct myself — we did have carpet almost that color in the house we moved into in 1976.

    I’m wondering if this was leftover art from some “gangster and gun moll”/”tough guy and loose gal” book of the time. It’s not science fiction-y at all. Except perhaps in the levitation.

    @ARY: And here I thought I had it bad with only 5 channels. The parents got cable TV in 1980 (a whole 30 channels)… immediately after I moved out.

    Now of course, I live in The United States of Tomorrow, and I’d like to go back to The United States of About Ten Years Ago. My number of TV channels was more than adequate back then.

  22. Calyx Says:

    Blouse designed by Wrigley’s Spearmint Gum, stick it up your…well, whatever.

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