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Priscilla Comments: Attack of the Words!

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: 6.78 out of 10)

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17 Responses to “Space Platform”

  1. THX 1139 Says:

    “Amazingly prophetic” – it predicted the rise of Cannon Films in the 1980s!

  2. Francis Boyle Says:

    So that would be:

    French Mime Force caught looking wrong way

    I’ll look out for it in the morning.

  3. A.R.Yngve Says:

    The book that predicted how Bruce Willis would one day run around bare-chested in DIE HARD !

  4. A.R.Yngve Says:

    Q: When sales copy breathlessly declares that “This is it!”… what is “It,” exactly?

    A: Either a scary supernatural clown, or nothing much really.

  5. THX 1139 Says:

    @ARY #3: I think you’re forgetting the most famous vest in the annals of cinema.

  6. Bibliomancer Says:

    Doin’ the Dab

  7. fred Says:

    The 1953 cover is much much better. Take this you Commie bastard.

    Just GOOGLE Murray Leinster. The covers for his pulp stories are amazing.

  8. B. Chiclitz Says:

    They ran out of room on the cover. The prophecy is the emergence of futuristic disco culture, as you can tell by the dance moves, and the full title is Space Platform Shoes.

  9. JuanPaul Says:

    It’s that moment when an antique vase is falling over, and you can see it happening like it’s in slow motion, but you know you won’t get there in time to catch it.

  10. Raoul Says:

    By Murray Leinster’s

    Oh, and I believe the sequel to this was “When Words Collide”.

  11. Ryan Says:

    In truth this is the perfect cover for a Murray Leinster story, since a lot of them are indistinguishable from Alistair MacLean stories…in SP-A-A-A-A-A-A-A-CE!

    Listen to them:

    And this one in particular:

  12. Bruce A Munro Says:

    What happens when you leave the keys in the space platform and some young hooligans take it on a joy ride.

    @fred: “why, you’re right – my shoelace _is_ untied!”

  13. Anna T. Says:

    I had no idea there was a novel that predicted the dreaded Wars of the Words in the 21st century!

  14. A.R.Yngve Says:

    But let’s put on a pair of horns and play The Devil’s Advocate for a moment: What if we’we got it backwards?

    What if this cover is ballsy in a way that we no longer dare to be?

    I so detest those “Yes-It’s-SF-Please-Don’t-Hit-Me” type of covers that hide the contents with tiny text and nondescript, “artsy” imagery…

    If you argue “But this wouldn’t sell today, it’s too bold,” explain President Trump.

    [Devil’s Advocate exits]

  15. GSS ex-noob Says:

    I doubt I’d have been able to add anything clever even if I’d shown up on time for this. GSS to all.

    Maybe that first line means it predicted either the Kenny Loggins song, or the Michael Jackson one?

    There is probably a notable cover-words:interior-words ratio.

    I don’t think I’ve ever seen the blurb take up so much cover space, and in such a “funky” font. I can practically hear it shouting at me in an AIP trailer voice.

    Is that the space platform at top, or a UFO? And whatever it is, it might be upside down.

    @ARY: It’s not Bruce Willis, he wouldn’t bother to save the Eiffel Tower, particularly without his famous wife-beater on.

    Why are the French couple in jumpsuits? Judging by his helmet, they might have been riding past on a motorcycle when this happened, and Le Bruce Impostor is either telling them to get back on and evacuate, or he’s going to grab the bike and get out of there himself.

    Not worth 50c, 1/6, or 3/6, since you’d also have to buy something to hide the cover. You could read some of that lettering from the other end of the bus.

  16. Tor Mented Says:

    Don’t forget your space platform shoes.

  17. Tat Wood Says:

    Revealed: the real reason West Ham got the Olympic Stadium ahead of Leyton Orient.

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