Aug 26

When I say three. Everybody! Jazz hands!
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Raoul Comments: The time is now! Oh wait, no. Now! Let’s check again. Yeah. It’s NOW!

Published 1965

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: 7.44 out of 10)

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17 Responses to “Time Out of Joint”

  1. THX 1139 Says:

    “I’ve forgotten something very important, haven’t I?”

  2. Ray P Says:

    Escape from Disneyland.

  3. Francis Boyle Says:

    They’re pinkshirts. They’re bound to get a stubbed toe or a grazed elbow or something. But that’s what you get when you crew your starship with refugees from the local Rotary club.

  4. JuanPaul Says:

    This has to be the worst dodgeball team I’ve ever seen

  5. fred Says:

    Someone just had a Jar-Jar premonition.

    ’20th Century Fox, the studio behind the original Star Wars trilogy, has won the rights the new prequel films.’

  6. Bibliomancer Says:

    Oh my god! It happened to me too. The time is NOW, but the date on my newspaper is August 26, 2019!

  7. Raoul Says:

    @Bibliomancer – What’s a newspaper?

  8. Tat Wood Says:

    The three guys behind him have those collars you give dogs so they don’t bite themselves or passers-by. They think that the Street Mime virus may be transmissible and want to protect the public if they contract it while apprehending this victim..

  9. Ryan Says:

    Wilfred and the Globules sing their number one smash hit, “The Moon Seems Way Too Close”, tonight at Harlequin Castle.

  10. Anna T. Says:

    You know, I don’t think that bubble helmets alone will be sufficient protection against whatever’s got the guy in white reacting like that.

  11. Tat Wood Says:

    Months of having only MeTV for company enable me to identify the pink-shirts, at least tentatively:

    (L-R) William Schallert, Dabbs Grier, Werner Klemperer (with monocle). And the orange mime is either David Hedison or Mark Goddard (assuming they aren’t the same person).

  12. B. Chiclitz Says:

    Bad enough that the time is NOW, but I think also the place is HERE, though my newspaper says it’s Fargo, North Dakota!

  13. Rick Deckard Says:

    Dick’s Out of Joint

  14. Bruce A Munro Says:

    Obtaining a helmet and avoiding death by suffocation depended on his successfully “getting down” in the next sixty seconds.

  15. GSS ex-noob Says:

    Mr. xn’s probably got a newspaper from April 3, 1998 around here (Yes, it’s an ongoing argument).

    @fred: No wonder he looks so horrified!

    @Tat: It is difficult to decide if they’re cones of shame or bubble helmets — but either might help protect the bowling team from Mime Man.

    @Tat (11): Heh. That is absolutely William Schallert. Or at least his head.

    While this may have been this book’s first paperback publication, I’m wondering about the rest of the blurb; by the time this edition came out, “The Man in the High Castle” had already appeared and won the Hugo.

  16. A.R.Yngve Says:

    I only wish that this novel (which is very good) really was as “talked about” in 1965 as the cover text claims… but I doubt it. Most people at the time probably talked more about bestsellers by Alistair McLean or Harold Robbins… or Heinlein’s STRANGER IN A STRANGE LAND.
    (I wrote a scathing review of Heinlein’s mega-bestseller here: )

  17. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @ARY: agreed on what people talked about then — it wasn’t this book, either by the average public or SF readers.

    I see your review pictures the unabridged edition, which is even more tedious than the original published version. It even has a crappier opening sentence to boot! Doesn’t affect your points, however. And your point 3 is very well taken, though you left out the… er… regressive attitudes towards gay people too.

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