Mar 11

Look at the calendar. It seems we have a very important day circled there. No, it’s not a Monday Bank Holiday. It’s the Good Show Sir 10th Birthday Gala! I guess we need to post OUR GREATEST COVER EVER! Which, unfortunately, Tag Wizard forgot to organize. So we will just have to fish something out of the slush pile. At least the title is somewhat relevant.

Your 15 minutes of fame is up ... 9 years ago!Click for larger image

Good Show Comments: The whole Good Show Sir experience was eerily foretold in B. Flackes’ classic science fiction novel “Ten Years to Oblivion”!

Thanks to all of our GSS After Dark club members for making it to the JuJu Chelsea for a wild evening of wining and dining. And what a surprise! Thanks to our good friends at Baen for picking up the tab. Didn’t you know? They bought us out last month in an unfriendly takeover. Well it’s been a good run.

We even ordered a very appropriate birthday cake:

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Good Show Comments: Yeah, it’s photoshopped. We bought one of those edible photo cakes and even sent over a picture of our favourite book cover on a thumb drive for the baker to put on the icing. Unfortunately this is what was delivered to the party:

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Good Show Comments: But thanks anyway to all the loyal kooks who have been showing up these many years and somehow keeping this shitshow going. And for all the commenters who have fallen by the wayside. And for the one-off drive-by’s who remind us that it was really a great book and the cover is very professionally done and shows something that was really in the story. Remember, the real Good Show Sir were the friends we made along the way. Or some such bollocks.

Oh no! Not another Harry Turtledove mashup!Click for larger image

Good Show Comments: … Let’s end the next decade with a bang!

Published 1951, 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: 8.86 out of 10)

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24 Responses to “Ten Years to Oblivion … the Good Show Sir Story!”

  1. THX 1139 Says:

    1: Watching Pointless in the forty-first century.

    2: “Oi! Bloody vandal!”

    Ah, but seriously, what a site, a receptacle for the detritus of science fiction at its least sensible. Long may it continue. No, wait, not seriously – facetiously, that’s more like it.

  2. Bibliomancer Says:

    1. Me, at work, calculating when I can afford to retire.

    2. “I finished spot-welding your nose cone. You can pay me in ale.”

    Thanks for inviting me to the kick-ass gala party. The highlight was the cosplay Xena Warrior Princess jumping out of the cake.

    It’s been a sweet ride following GSS down to oblivion. I’ve discovered it’s terrible covers. All the way down!

  3. fred Says:

    Never knew sitting on birthday cakes was a Thing. I wonder if there is an appropriate Boris Vallejo cover floating around somewhere.

    “I never in my wildest dreams thought I could actually make a living doing this,” the 29-year-old Brooklynite told The Post. “But here I am, and I couldn’t be happier.”

  4. drlemaster Says:

    Ten years to oblivion? I can drink _much_ faster than that.

  5. Alice Says:

    It’s been a spiritual journey. I’ve come to realize the font problems were inside of me, all along.

  6. Tom Noir Says:

    Have I really spent a decade clicking on space sheep so I can leer at poorly drawn ladies on crinkled paperbacks? How the years fly by.

    Congrats to GSS and everyone who helps keep this place running!

  7. Bruce A Munro Says:

    Congrats on ten years! May you never run out of crap covers!

    1. Mama mia, that’s a big meat-a-ball!
    2. Unfortunately, the rocket failed to get away in time before the Space Vikings laser gunned it.

  8. anon Says:

    What is the name of the bakery?
    It is important to know which businesses do this shit.

  9. Monty Says:

    @anon: It’s all too common. safeway’s particularly infamous but any grocery big enough to have its own bakery has a good chance of having a preliterate, overworked high school student in it. See for far too many examples of stupid.

  10. Tor Mented Says:

    I feel that all this time spent studying GSS has made me a non-papillial person.

  11. Tat Wood Says:

    Ten Years.

    My brain hurts a lot.

  12. B. Chiclitz Says:

    I haven’t been here for the whole decade, but it sure feels like it. I owe so much to GSS—hours wasted at work ready to hit the screen saver when any normal person strolls in; moments of existential angst when someone beats me to an obvious joke; learning patience as my many tag requests end up on the cutting room floor; above all, the joy of encountering the Phrase That Changed My Life: “Narwhals upon the parapet.”

    You are all wonderful, and much wittier than Chinese GSS!

  13. daard23 Says:

    I’ve only been visiting this site for 5 years, so I felt as though I should’t go to the party.
    In the immortal words of Carnacki, the Ghost Hunter…”good” “show” “sir” “!”

  14. Raoul Says:

    I wonder sometimes if the next generation will care enough to just slap together some terrible cover art and say “this will do’. Or whether they will have robots who will just Photoshop everything to perfection. May you never run out of bad cover art, GSS.

    @fred – You are obviously a man who has done his research. I like the final paragraph of the article:

    “I’m just sorry for Lindsay Dye that her father is dead. By that I mean, he has to be. Because if my daughter told me she was going to be a professional Cake Sitter, as soon as that first cake came out of the oven, I’d turn up the gas, blow out the pilot and stick my head in. I guess maybe I am judging.”

  15. Hammy Says:

    Congratulations to the GSS staff and contributors for ten years! I’ve only dropped in for the last two or so, so I’m still new here. Couldn’t afford to get to the party – was home sick with some nasty virus.

    On the covers:

    1. Hey, isn’t that one of the former members of Kraftwerk?

    2. No, no! Don’t shoot the nosecone off the rocket! You’ll be stuck with those darn invaders if you do!

  16. Francis Boyle Says:

    I’m not one for anniversaries but 10 years of misshapen body parts, cat people, 80s hair, 70s wtf, and well just general wtf deserves a cheer.

  17. Longtime_Lurker Says:

    What Hammy and Francis Boyle said. GSS to all concerned.

  18. GSS ex-noob Says:

    Gosh, I’ve only been here for about a quarter of that, but I HAVE looked at ALL the postings and appeared in re-enactments of a couple of the books, so I feel quite a part of the gang. (nyuk nyuk)

    Many goofy thanks to Admin, the long-suffering Tag Wizard, the hard-working Space Sheep (and the even harder-working Mouton De L’espace), used book dealers everywhere, Dick Blade, and of course to all the amusing regulars.

    Good Show, Everyone!

    Photo #3 overlaps with another fun blog, “Cake Wrecks”. Wal-Mart keeps them in business, I think.

    I didn’t know about the BAEN!explosions and boobs takeover, but that explains why my ankle cast ended up being spray-painted bright orange with useless “tactical” doo-dads glued on.

  19. GSS Admin Says:

    Now that is a cake I can fully appreciate!

    Happy ten years! Thanks to everyone, especially the people basically running the site now while I sit back in a tax free haven living the high life with all my $$$ I’ve made through the site. Yep living it up with negative 300 quid!

  20. L.B. Says:

    Happiest returns to you lovely loonies! Looks like you guys fell afoul of a cake wrecker with that pic of yer thumb drive. I was reading an Honorverse book (cats, David Weber, Baen, etc…) and all I could think of was GSS.
    Here’s to another ten years of floating C.S. Lewis, the Space Sheep, the legendary Tag Wizard, and to the harried Admin. And also, a fine future for all the commenters!

  21. Anti-Sceptic Says:

    Congrats GSS on 10 years. Since I’ve been on this site, I’ve been divorced, had 3 kids, remarried, bought and sold 3 houses, had a car stolen, lost a bit of hair, and gained a bit of grayer hair…But throughout all the ups and downs GSS (and the community) has been there for me to turn to for a good chuckle. Thanks everyone!

  22. Tor Mented Says:

    If, in all this time, anyone has ever thought of exiting this site, I certainly hope they delay that decision.

  23. RachelJ Says:

    Dammit, looks like I’m late to the party. Well, here’s to another decade. May cover art never improve!

  24. A.R.Yngve Says:

    Cover #1:

    Never, EVER put Rudolf Hess on a book cover. It only attracts the wrong crowd.

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