Nov 05

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It’s a Two-fer Tuesday: Spontaneous Combustion Party!

Good Show Sir Comments:

1. Is this the end of Martin Scorsese?

2. Mama mia thatsa spicy meatball!

Published 1985

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: 8.44 out of 10)

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21 Responses to “Fire Pattern”

  1. THX 1139 Says:

    1: C’mon, who doesn’t like Blipverts?

    2: He’s over-gesturing! He’s going up!

  2. fred Says:

    1. The good old days when states could carry out executions any way they damn well pleased, even by giant magnifying glass.

    2. Luckily Janes apartment came equipped with an anti wacky neighbor system.

  3. JuanPaul Says:

    1. I would be reaching for that pint of stout right about now.

    2. Uh-oh, looks like Juventus just gave up a penalty.

  4. Bibliomancer Says:

    1. The Crazy World of Arthur Brown, in retirement.

    2. He’s not on fire. He just fell into the houseplants.

  5. THX 1139 Says:

    1: “The producer said to me, he said, Ronnie, you’re going nuclear, ah, ha ha…”

  6. A.R.Yngve Says:

    “Ooo, that vindaloo….”

  7. Tat Wood Says:

    Both reasonably accurate depictions of the book’s content (spontaneous combustion – caused by inadvertent teleporting froom the Sun) and, at the time, the UK cover was rumoured to be based on Brian Aldiss.

  8. Ray P Says:

    #1 “As far back as I can remember, I always wanted to be a firestarter … twisted firestarter.”
    #2 Ah burning love I’m just a hunk, a hunk of burning love

  9. Bruce A Munro Says:

    Spontaneous combustion is an embarrassing way to go: you usually make an ash of yourself.

    The woman in the second picture looks more annoyed than anything else at the presumable screams of the man burning alive in the other room: “basta, basta: stop yelling, I’m bringing the espresso as fast as I can.”

  10. Ray P Says:

    #2 The embarrassment of premature spontaneous combustion.

  11. Francis Boyle Says:

    @THX 1139

    Yes, but which Ronnie? Or have Big Ronnie and Little Ronnie been merged “The Ronnie” in a freak teleporter accident? Now, don’t get me wrong, I loved The Two Ronnies when I was a kid but this pretty much illustrates what I’d wish would happen to Little Ronnie during the tedious monologue in a chair segments.

    Also, Bob Shaw deserves much better.

  12. Anna T. Says:

    Ah, spontaneous combustion, it’s been a while. What awful depictions of the subject matter.

  13. Tor Mented Says:

    There — much better Guy Fawkes effigies.

  14. Raoul Says:

    “Autocombustione”! What a great Italian word. Can we just add this to English?

    “Look out, I’m having a bad day. I’m autocombustione!

  15. B. Chiclitz Says:

    All around great comments today. I’ve nothing good to contribute. Somehow I just can’t warm to these covers, non é autocombustione oggi!

  16. Rick Deckard Says:

    @Raoul – My Bing Translate tells me “autocombustione” is Italian for “road rage”.

  17. Tat Wood Says:

    1. Static build-up from polyester is a major hazard.

    2. Arthur Brown now makes house calls to shock people individually.
    (Never mind Daleks, THIS is what sent me behind the sofa in 1968 )

  18. GSS ex-noob Says:

    Heartburn is much more serious in SF, I guess. Another case of “even if it illustrates the plot perfectly, it can still look daft”.

    @BC: I can’t find anything to add, either. The curse of getting here too late. GSS to all.

    Although I did learn about Arthur Brown, which I really could have done without.

    @FB: my thought about Bob Shaw as well.

    @Bruce: She does look annoyed, not worried. “First he bitches for coffee, now after I’ve made it, he spontaneously combusts. That’ll be impossible to clean up. I’ll never get my security deposit back now!”

    @Tat: The Death of Brian As Performed On An Aldiss Lamp?
    (I’ll get my coat)

  19. Verylatetotheparty Says:

    @GSSxn: I saw Arthur Brown live twice in the nineties, partly, I admit, because the venue was in walking distance, and he put on a good show. Everybody including Arthur had a good night. Due to mellowing with age and/or fire safety regulations, there was no burning headdress though.

  20. anon Says:

    Bow Bash
    ER-Fit Parent
    “TV-dinner war in Travinio lineage.” — Stymied Anus

    Can’t do the Italian one.

  21. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @anon: presumably “TV dinner-war” refers to the chap’s bad dinner igniting him as he sits in front of the tube?

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