Aug 01

They are welcome to take BlackpoolClick for larger image

Ryan Comments: Not really what the Chamber of Commerce intended, really.

Published 1960

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: 7.27 out of 10)

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29 Responses to “And Then The Town Took Off”

  1. THX 1139 Says:

    No, no, Mr Artist, we meant it was successful!

  2. JuanPaul Says:

    “oh darn, did I leave the iron on?”

    That one never gets old

  3. Francis Boyle Says:

    That’s ridiculous. I don't believe it.

  4. Ray P Says:

    “No, I don’t wish to report an Unidentified Flying City..”

  5. fred Says:

    I hope they aren’t expecting Vegas.

  6. Bibliomancer Says:

    They were warned that fracking was going to cause big problems.

  7. Raoul Says:

    Did James “Cities in Flight” Blish ever sue this guy?

  8. Tat Wood Says:

    And the pro=Brexit lot dismissed it as ‘Project Fear’…

  9. Anna T. Says:

    Ways in which to ensure the launch of your city or town into space will not be successful: neglect to build a dome so everyone will be able to breathe, dooming them to death by asphyxiation and exposure.

  10. Tor Mented Says:

    “Well, great. Now I suppose Iron Man and Captain America are going to fight.”

  11. Tom Noir Says:

    Dammit Ultron!!!

  12. Tor Mented Says:

    @Tom: Lol! We had pretty much the same thought at the same time.

  13. B. Chiclitz Says:

    I’m guessing the other novel in this Ace double edition has to be The Town Returns, and you can read them in whichever order you choose.

  14. Tat Wood Says:

    Not a very big town, by the looks of things. Not enough lawn to provide oxygen even if they’ve got a spindizzy. But a glance at the flipside indicates why they were in such a hurry to get out of Dodge (and off the cover)

  15. Tat Wood Says:

    PS. I can’t believe nobody’s done this one yet…

    ‘Well, there goes the neighbourhood.’

  16. Tweet Jane Says:

    @Tat Wood – Ding! Ding! Ding! Good Show Sir!

  17. Bruce A Munro Says:

    It’s a recurrent idea.

  18. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @10, 11: My second thought. Right after @7 having my first thought.

    @Tat (15): Bravo, and GSS.

    The pilot doesn’t look nearly as surprised as he ought to be in this scenario. Are towns often taking off in his world? Or, as @Anna T suggested, is he merely thinking, “Yep, they’re screwed without a dome.” Or is he about to perish for lack of oxygen mask too?

    The blurb doesn’t agree with the title and artwork. Looks more like a town to me, but blurb wanted to go bigger. Possibly even a village.

  19. Bruce A Munro Says:

    @GSS ex-noob: maybe it’s not circular? Maybe it’s more like a big flying half-pickle and we’re just seeing one end.

  20. FluffyGhostKitten Says:

    Do they have to take it from the UK? Because they’re welcome to take Waukesha. Not like anyone wants it.

  21. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @FGK: The style of the town (or pickle-shaped city @Bruce) does look much more Midwestern US. Smaller than Waukesha, though. But it’s not like there aren’t plenty of towns in the vast middle of the continent that nobody would miss.

    Flyover country becomes fly-up country.

  22. Hammy Says:

    It’s the basis for the next Doug & Bob McKenzie Great White North movie.

    “Take off, eh?”

  23. FluffyGhostKitten Says:

    @GSS ex-noob: Yeah, it is too small. Token Creek, maybe? Though the lack of truck stops makes that unlikely.

  24. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @FGK: Maybe the truck stops are on the other side. Or didn’t get to come with the town.

  25. FluffyGhostKitten Says:

    @GSS ex-noob: Maybe.

  26. Anti-Sceptic Says:

    @Tat #15: GSS!

    @Hammy #22: ..and the sequal: The Flying Hosers Came Back!

  27. A.R.Yngve Says:

    Well, I like this cover. It does the job, it doesn’t get pretentious, the humor is understated.

    Also, something like this happened to me in ’98. I was lucky to get out of that mess alive, man…

  28. GSS ex-noob Says:

    I reiterate: this must happen all the time, since Manly McSteelJaw looks bored. But then why write a book about it, if it’s no surprise?

    @ARY: Which town was it?

  29. A.R.Yngve Says:

    @GSS: I think it was called Whooshington.

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