Jun 20

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Marvin Comments: Virtual Reality Rodeo

You might remember this from here.

Published 1958

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: 6.50 out of 10)

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21 Responses to “The Currents of Space”

  1. THX 1139 Says:

    Are there any currants of space in that big Danish pastry behind him?

  2. Bibliomancer Says:

    I’m amped up to read this shocking Asimov novel.

  3. Bruce A Munro Says:

    Welcome to the grimdark future, where shoes and pants have merged into one really uncomfortable looking entity.

    (An era of poor fashion choices all around, really. Is that guy on the left wearing a painter’s smock? A fisherman’s waterproof? Or is his wife trying to persuade him to let her do the ties up on his straight jacket? He certainly has the expression of someone who has been probed and didn’t like it).

    @THX 1139: well, I’m sure the artist had his raisins for drawing it like that.

  4. fred Says:

    So why is it called Heimlich and not Asimov?

  5. THX 1139 Says:

    @Bruce: I bet Zoe Sultana’s sad he never got to draw any Guardians of the Galaxy promotional art.

  6. Francis Boyle Says:

    From the way he’s sitting? standing? flying?, it was actually an anal probe.

  7. B. Chiclitz Says:

    If you’re about to be trapped in a galactic web of intrigue, it’s helpful to have directional arrows conveniently placed to guide you properly.

  8. B. Chiclitz Says:

    That is some elaborate space costume. Must take a lot of tailoring to keep it looking sharp. Maybe that’s why he’s packing such an impressive etui on his belt.

  9. Ray P Says:

    He’s riding an invisible motorcycle like the Hair Bear Bunch. The woman has carried out a citizen’s arrest of the smock-wearing artist responsible for the abstract painting.

  10. Lillie Awesome Says:

    “Lt. Columbo, you’ve put your raincoat on backwards again. Here; stand still and let me fix it, you poor dear.”

  11. Anna T. Says:

    What he’s doing, is he’s dancing in front of a giant Pop-Tart while his comrades believe he’s gone mad.

    And everyone here is in dire need of a citing from the fashion police. Eugh.

  12. Francis Boyle Says:

    @B. Chiclitz

    But those arrows clearly lead deeper into the galactic web of intrigue so he’s well and truly studded.

  13. Tat Wood Says:

    To infiltrate Earth’s defences we have to master their ways and customs. This one is called ‘The Twist’. Our scientists predict that it will replace ‘The Madison’.

  14. JuanPaul Says:

    She seems to be giving that guy an impromptu anal probe. Complete with reach-around.

  15. B. Chiclitz Says:

    @Juan Paul—You think the dialogue goes, like—

    “Now I am giving you the psychic probe!”
    “Wait a minute, that’s not my psyche!”

  16. JuanPaul Says:

    @BC 😄

  17. Francis Boyle Says:

    ‘Stuffed” not ‘studded’. ‘Studded’ might actually be fun.

  18. GSS ex-noob Says:

    Don’t know about being probe victims, but they’re definitely fashion victims.

    The guy on the right looks like he’s wearing the “slenderizing” trousers of the era that were plastic/vinyl and were supposed to make you lose weight through sweating profusely.

    The other man is wearing his topcoat backwards as his wife clears that thing stuck in his throat.

    @THX, Bruce: GSS! for the fruity puns.

    @Lillie: my first thought as well (I met Peter Falk once, for about 30 seconds. Very polite).

    @Tag: Too bad the illustration didn’t show the blurb-mentioned Web of Intruige!

  19. Hammy Says:

    I don’t the woman is giving Mr. Smock (Dr. Smock?) either an anal probe *or* the Heimlich Maneuver. She’s restraining him, probably in an attempt to keep him from hurting himself. Look how her head is snapping back in shock and/or surprise.

    I imagine the dialogue as follows:

    She:”Don’t walk in front of the Space Poptart! It obviously has an effect on his pants that is dangerous! It looks like he’s being forced to dance like a marionette!”
    He:”Awwwwwww. It looks like fun to me….”

  20. Bruce A Munro Says:

    @GSS ex-noob: adding the Web of Intrigue probably would clutter up the cover too much. It’s hard enough to tell what’s going on already.

  21. GSS ex-noob Says:

    She: “No! Stay away from the Space Poptart! You’ll get caught in the Web of Intriuge!”

    He: “But Mooooom!”

    I just looked at Smock Man’s visible hand. Either the shading is wrong, or he had it removed and put on backwards. Maybe he did something stupid before and she’s restraining him so he doesn’t mess anything else up. Leading him back to the hospital for his own good.

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