Oct 09

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Mrs Brown’s Boy Comments: “We’re all gonna die!” yelled Tom fatalistically.

Published 1954

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: 8.00 out of 10)

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23 Responses to “Tom Swift and His Atomic Earth Blaster”

  1. THX 1139 Says:

    “Agh, someone’s dropped the Mintos in the Cola river!”

  2. Oreo Says:

    I swear, first time I read the title I thought it was Fart Blaster.

  3. Francis Boyle Says:

    If it’s an Earth blaster they must be on Earth so the spacesuits* are kinda redundant. Unless Victor Appleton II is lying to us.

    *Stolen from Santa Army which I’ve decided is totally a thing.

  4. A.R.Yngve Says:

    “Oh no, a crisis!” shouted Tom desperately. “Quick, let’s throw more engineers on the problem until it is resolved!”
    “Yes!” replied his friend loudly. “All problems can be fixed by applying more engineers!”

  5. JuanPaul Says:

    Since the space suits don’t seem all that space-tight, I’ll just assume the tanks and masks are there for a steady supply of nitrous.

  6. Bibliomancer Says:

    Apparently this was the last volume of the series

  7. fred Says:

    Tom’s attempt to top the pan galactic gargle blaster seems to have both succeeded and failed.

  8. Tor Mented Says:

    Tom, now is not an appropriate time for jazz hands.

  9. Adzel Says:

    Before assembly and operation, always read the instructions.

  10. Raoul Says:

    It seems Tom has his regulator on backwards and it’s sucked all the air out of his helmet.

  11. Tat Wood Says:

    The capital H in ‘His’ suggests divine retribution for all the previous Tom Swift adventures.

  12. Anna T. Says:

    Tom’s panicked look is hilarious.

  13. Tor Mented Says:

    And still there are those who doubt the dangers of fracking.

  14. Tor Mented Says:

    Tom desperately tries to remember his mime training in order to find a way out of the invisible box.

  15. GSS ex-noob Says:

    Maybe they’re in Antarctica, which would explain the chichi fur trim and lacing. And it’s on Earth. The suits aren’t air-tight, they’re for warmth and to look properly “sciency”. The helmets are also for protection, and the tanks are probably what @JuanPaul said. “Science is fun!” Tom said gleefully.

    But this disaster even gets through the nitrous haze. I agree with @Anna T, that look is perfect. Serves you boys right for being inadequately-supervised teens traveling alone to the ends of the earth and tinkering with things Man Was Not Meant to Know.

    If things went logically, @B’mancer is correct, so is @Tat. Tom and pal get divinely smited, the series ends, and judging by the publication date, the Rooskies get the superweapon. Unless it burns through the ice pack and maybe goes China Syndrome. Or the US government gets it and puts it in that warehouse with the Ark of the Covenant.

    ETA: Wiki sez this is a Tom Swift Jr. book, and “his inventions and adventures extend from deep within the Earth (in Tom Swift and His Atomic Earth Blaster [1954])” So I might have been correct in my China Syndrome comment!

    Meanwhile, someone is still cranking these out:

    and you can buy gobs of the old ones in e-book. Er, “Tom Swift’s Electronic Library”.

  16. Hammy Says:

    GSSxn (@prev):

    Nah, this was one of the first four or five of the Tom Swift, Jr. volumes (33 in the set – get ’em all! 😉 So much for logic!

    I’m rather amazed that, despite this being an *atomic* Earth Blaster, mere yards from the melted rock it’s producing there’s still plenty of snow and ice….

  17. B. Chiclitz Says:

    Panicked though he was by the atomic blast, he was too much the self-satisfied young scientist not to analyze it. “It appears to be in the shape of a parabola’” said Tom archly.

  18. Bruce A Munro Says:

    The follow up to “Tom Swift and his Genetically Engineered Flesh-eating Bacterium” and “Tom Swift and his Thing that Must not be Named.”

  19. Tat Wood Says:

    Is that a look of panic? I can’t help seeing it as ‘omigosh, reader, that shirt looks FABulous on you!’.

  20. Anatole Says:

    As long as it makes time for pages of Chet’s expository about how good it is to cook vittles, the cover’s worth the price of entry.

  21. GSS ex-noob Says:

    Wonder if you could cook said vittles over that lava?

  22. Bruce A Munro Says:

    @GSS ex-noob: depends if that lava fountain is spraying around like an unsecured firehose or just gushing in a specific direction. If there is no need to continually and rapidly change location, I’d think it’s a matter of suspending your vittles at a sufficient height over the lava so they cook rather than carbonize. Probably want to use interns or something equally disposable to test the correct height.

  23. GSS ex-noob Says:

    ISTM that the lava might be spraying randomly, judging by the panic and fleeing in all directions.

    Perhaps the vittles were atop the tower at the left (courtesy the interns), the Atomic Earth Blaster was used to light the lava, and that’s when things went wrong.

    Or maybe those ARE the interns, fleeing, while Tom and pals are at a safe distance.

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