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Bibliomancer Comments: When using the General Atomic hair dryer, always start on the low setting.

Published 1995

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: 6.92 out of 10)

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24 Responses to “Women of Wonder: The Contemporary Years”

  1. THX 1139 Says:

    Not to be outdone by the Spice Girls reunion, Atomic Kitten plan their new image.

  2. JuanPaul Says:

    For a Women of Wonder cover, this is pretty decent.

  3. fred Says:

    That metal breast better light up and spin like a classic hypno wheel.

  4. Ray P Says:

    “What are your prime directives?”
    “Serve the public trust. Protect the innocent. Get nails done.”

  5. B. Chiclitz Says:

    300 bitcoin, payable through Chinese GSS, to whoever can tell me what a “contemporary year” is.

  6. Tat Wood Says:

    @B.Chiclitz: in Japan and elsewhere, the year you’re in is ‘Year Zero’ and all previous years are retroactively redated as -1, -2, -3 and so on. So we’re always in a contemporary year.

    Or maybe it’s like architecture, painting and writing, where ‘Modernism’ was the big thing between 1925 and 1970.

    Or maybe they’re travelling NAFAL and it’s going to be 1983 (for them) for a very long time (as we see it).

  7. Raoul Says:

    “Women of Wonder: The Temp Years”

    When they were in between jobs and couldn’t find steady employment

  8. Bibliomancer Says:

    I nominate her to lead the next Women’s March

  9. B. Chiclitz Says:

    @TatW—So, following the Modernism analogy, I guess we’re now in post-contemporary years.

  10. Bibliomancer Says:

    @B. Chiclitz – You might like to read my latest postmodern lit crit book: “Lady Women Writers and their Present-day Contemporaries”. Available wherever self-published books sit unsold.

  11. B. Chiclitz Says:

    @Bibliomancer—I thought the title of that volume was “Voices of Lady Women Writers and their Present-day Contemporaries.” At least that’s the title I bought through Chinese GSS Booksellers.

  12. Tat Wood Says:

    @BC (9): I grew up watching ‘The Old Grey Whistle Test’ so ‘contemporary’ means Mark Twain lookalikes in scoop-necked cheesecloth shirts and flared Levis doing noodly guitar solos for what seemed like months on end. Everything since the first time The Jam were on Top of the Pops (May 1977) is ‘post-contemporary’.

  13. GSS ex-noob Says:

    I’m a Woman, and I Wonder who thought this cover was a good idea.

    ISTM that filling the cover with three bad hair days and three cases of RBF/anger, plus giant purple boobs front and center doesn’t exactly scream “fiction that uplifts women”. Also, it wouldn’t have killed them to get a female artist.

    Or were they trying to trick the male no-girls-allowed SF readers into buying this, by putting a giant weapon, boobs, orange, and font abuse on the cover, hoping they’d think it was by BAEN! see previous clause

    Purple lady’s waist/hip seems to have anatomical issues… must be suffering from the weight of the boobs, big gun, and metal arm?

    @fred: I bet it does. She hypnotizes her enemies with it and then shoots them. Or chokes them with the metal arm. Or blow-dries them to death.

    I think we’re in post-post-contemporary, though I’d put the date of change a few years later than @Tat Wood. 1995 is definitely post-contemporary.

    As one of the former commenters used to note: Teal and Orange.

  14. Francis Boyle Says:

    Since the cyber-boob is not remotely in the right position I’m going to assume that it has built-in tracking capability. Someone, please, increment the canonical count of fetishes.

  15. Anna T. Says:

    @GSS ex-noob: Brilliant pun. And I don’t often say that.

    Anyway, I think she ought to complain about the underwhelming design of her prosthetic hand, which does not look so much like a hand as it does a claw.

  16. Bruce A Munro Says:

    Half Borg, half sexy underwear model.

  17. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @AnnaT: thank’ee.

    I guess her unhappiness is understandable, what with the claw awkwardly attached to her torso and then the wires going to her metal head. All that for something that looks unwieldy and dangerous to herself. And is that a dent with smoke coming out of it on the other side of her head? No wonder she’s cranky.

  18. Tat Wood Says:

    @GSSxN (13): in interior decor terms, ‘contemporary’ meant everything from the Festival of Britain (all that relentlessly jaunty Lucien Day wallpaper, crockery and fabrics) through Heal’s and early Terence Conran to the abrupt lurch into retro: naff Laura Ashley, Welsh Dressers and ghastly Denby coffee-sets. So, yes,about Spring 1977.

  19. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @Tat: I’m thinking a bit later — 1977 was still polyester, disco, shiny wallpaper, faint remnants of Avocado Green and Harvest Gold in interior design. All the retro naff came a bit later.

    Early 1979, maybe. When the 80s were rushing upon us all. Like an oncoming Ayatollah (or Thatcher, but I repeat myself), a flat broke ugly Chrysler sedan, or that killer rabbit that attacked Jimmy Carter.

  20. Tor Mented Says:

    ♪ Strut pout, put it out, that’s what you want from cyborgs. ♪

  21. GSS ex-noob Says:

    Hey babe, take a walk on the wild side

    and the cyborg girls go doot-doot-dooot-doo-doot…

  22. A3Kitsune Says:

    @Tat Wood (6) Huh? That’s not how Japanese number years. They count from the start of the current Emperor’s reign. Years from previous Emperor’s reigns are counted from the start of the reigning Emperor’s reign.

  23. Verylatetotheparty Says:

    As an old 2000ad reader when I look at Purple Catsuit Cyborg lady in the middle and that arm, I keep thinking the artist was painting a female version of Mean Machine Angel for… his own reasons I suppose. Presumably the right cyberboob has four settings to adjust.. I should stop now shouldn’t I?

  24. A.R.Yngve Says:

    After a dispute over how to share media attention fairly among all members, the all-girl band Women of Wonder split up.

    Cyborg Woman embarked on a short-lived solo career, flopping badly with the no-hit single “Look At Me, I’ve Got Implants All Over”.

    Alien Woman started the modestly successful cosmetics brand Extreme Nailz.

    Tough Woman opened a very successful gym which later expanded into the gym chain Wonder Workout.

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