Mar 31

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Marvin Comments: It seems there is some arse in his future.

Published 1958

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: 7.17 out of 10)

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20 Responses to “Timeliner”

  1. THX 1139 Says:

    Sequel to Binliner?

  2. JuanPaul Says:

    There’s the future where everything looks blue; the one where everything looks red; then there’s the green one. You get the picture.

  3. Bibliomancer Says:


  4. A.R.Yngve Says:

    Corgi Books – the favorite treat for your best friend!

  5. Francis Boyle Says:

    John Richards: Learnt about Cubism. Didn’t learn how to draw feet*.

    *Picasso could totally draw feet even if he sometimes had non-standard views on where they should be located.

  6. Ray P Says:

    Followed by Pantyliner.

  7. Tat Wood Says:

    Kenneth More – Time-Master.

  8. fred Says:

    Have to call bullshit on this. Tom Swift would be the one to build and use the Electro- Atomic Trebuchet Time Slinger.

  9. Ray P Says:

    “You’d be surprised what some men will do to catch sight of a beautiful body.”

  10. Tat Wood Says:

    @Fred: its a UK imprint, costing half a crown, so ‘catapult’ means a Y-shaped bit of wood with elastic, hand held to propel pebbles through windows, as used by either the original Dennis the Menace* or the American one. ‘Slingshot’ doesn’t work as a verb.

    And Tom Swift would run a mile from a naked lady.

    (*By a whole seven hours – the one in The Beano was officially revealed on the same day but America’s in a later time-zone.)

  11. GSS ex-noob Says:

    A wondrous future where a naked woman refuses to face him, so a small dog brings him some cheap reading material.

    @Tat: “Slingshotted” might also be the verb, and that’s dreadful. The first “slingshot maneuver” for spacecraft didn’t happen until the next year, and I don’t think the term was in common parlance till decades later, when we started sending so many probes to the outer planets.

    Mind you, if you’re launching an entire human through an entire chain of futures, you might need a proper medieval-sized catapult. A Dennis-sized one isn’t going to even be enough to launch the corgi.

  12. B. Chiclitz Says:

    @Tat W—Tom Swift might indeed flee from a naked lady, but I’m not so sure about that randy little Tom Swift Junior.

  13. B.Chiclitz Says:

    Can someone explain why the “f” in “Master of Science fiction” is lower case? You think maybe they wanted us to believe the author had earned an advanced science degree but then had to ‘fess up sotto voce? Like, hey, it’s CHARLES ERIC MAINE! MASTER OF SCIENCE . . . er, fiction.

  14. Ray P Says:

    Perhaps he was catapulted using the device depicted on the cover of A Maze of Death?

  15. Hammy Says:


  16. Verylatetotheparty Says:

    @Hammy: Not on THAT guy, and definitely not in 1958!

  17. GSS ex-noob Says:

    Tom Swift must have been with a lady at least once to produce Tom Jr.

    But they remained fully clothed in the dark, maybe.

    Or Jr. is just a clone produced by manly science, none of that associating with girls nonsense.

  18. Tat Wood Says:

    Tom Swift Junior comes from the same factory that gave the famously celebate Cliff Richard a son in ‘Thunderbirds Are Go!’ and also somehow produced simulacra of Hank Marvin, Tony Meehan, Bruce Welsh and Jet Harris.

    ( they cut this bit when they show the film on American telly, even though it’s the main thing we remember).

  19. Ray P Says:

    I watched Thunderbirds are Go! many times on UK t.v. while growing up and I’d forgotten the Cliff jr. & the Shadows bit. Hard to understand how. Hilarious now. Possible inspiration for Elon Musk. He was upset that his engineers couldn’t launch the guitar. The moon is a banana and Cliff has smoked it.

    It’s incontrovertible proof that the first man on the Moon was British and he got there in a Rolls Royce.

  20. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @Tat: for once I can only cheer the American censors. That’d scar the children for life, it would, as well as adding nothing to the plot of Rescuing Internationally. Ads for plastic toys and sugary cereals can only have been an improvement.

    And also, because we are all about the pedantic here, the Dennisi would have been launched 5 hours apart, not 7.

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