Apr 23

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Published 1959

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: 8.67 out of 10)

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25 Responses to “Time-Echo”

  1. THX 1139 Says:

    “It’s OK, I don’t want an all-over tan, just the face. But I will strip off anyway.”

  2. Verylatetotheparty Says:

    To get your-self serious villain-credibility, execute your naked-victims in a giant-blender.

  3. Francis Boyle Says:

    In the future, bar equipment will be designed by AIs trained on the works of Salvador Dali.

  4. fred Says:

    ‘Do not read too much Lionel Fanthorpe at one go, your brains will turn to guacamole and drip out of your ears’ Neil Gaiman (Kindle version blurb)

  5. JuanPaul Says:

    The Time Echo cocktail:

    Begin with one fit 35 year old naked man, washed and trimmed

    Marinate the man in a pint glass full of top shelf vodka while irradiating the man’s skull with a proton accelerator until the brains start leaking out the ears into the vodka.

    Next, count out random numbers until you are bored. The addition of boredom will give this cocktail an umami-ennui flavor.

    Use an industrial hair dryer to blow off any unwanted brain foam.

    Add ice, cover and shake until the man loses consciousness. This can be difficult to gauge, as his brains will have all entered the vodka by now.

    Remove and discard the man then continue to shake aggressively until the sound echos in your mind for eternity.

    Pour into a chilled martini glass and garnish with pretentious conversation about time paradoxes.


  6. Tat Wood Says:

    Ben Affleck experiences personal grooming of tomorrow, today.

    And all for two bob.

  7. Bibliomancer Says:

    “I just wanted some professional head shots, but if you say I have to get nude and climb into this giant goblet, well, you’re the photographer!”

  8. NomadUK Says:

    Having tired of Cheri’s insistence on playing the ‘W’ game every night, Tony decides to give the Orgasmatron™ a whirl.

  9. A.R.Yngve Says:

    Not to be judgmental or anything, but is this one of “those” books…?

  10. B. Chiclitz Says:

    Speaking of paradoxes, can someone explain this one to me?

  11. JuanPaul Says:

    @BC I happen to have a picture of that book I was going to submit, but it didn’t seem bad enough.

  12. GSS ex-noob Says:

    This is more like! Gaudy, jumbled, and Rev. F!

    Methinks “starkers” would also be an appropriate tag.

    I thought he was standing oddly, maybe knock-kneed, but then I realized it was quite logical for him to have his legs clamped together firmly, what with … whatever’s going on. We know it’s dangerous thanks to the helpfully-labeled gizmo on the left.

    As usual, the badger seems to be looking askance as he exits stage right to get away from it all.

    @JP: GSS. And all for two bob. But you’ve got to do it well outside the city limits.

  13. Verylatetotheparty Says:

    What’s a ‘Time-Echo’ anyway?

  14. Verylatetotheparty Says:

    What’s a ‘Time-Echo’ anyway?

  15. Verylatetotheparty Says:

    What’s a time echo anyway?

  16. Verylatetotheparty Says:

    what’s a time….

  17. Ray P Says:

    @Verylate “That’s enough, Data.”

    I’ve noted this before, but old-time sf book covers have a lot of naked men featured. It raises questions.

    Tomorrowland would have been so much better like this. An opportunity for smug chin Clooney to product place a beverage brand.

    “What are you smoking?”
    “Essence of Man.”

  18. Longtime_Lurker Says:

    @Ray P: from our Department of Obscure and Useless Knowledge, the music track behind that scene (if I’ve got the reference right) is called “Viper Vapour”.
    (Hoping to make this page the top Google hit for that title.)

  19. B. Chiclitz Says:

    Very much enjoying this thread, but still cannot resolve the paradox of the author’s name. Is it Lionel Roberts or, as the link to Amazon has it, Robert Lionel? And is there or is there not a hyphen in the title? Actually, I think @VLTTP has pretty much said all that can be said about this book. Actually, I think @VLTTP has pretty much said all that can be said about this book.

  20. Tag Wizard Says:

    @BC – Both are pen names of Robert Lionel Fanthorpe

  21. Ray P Says:

    @Lurker If it has Anita Pallenberg and Jane Fonda over-stimulating the Mathmos you’ve got it right. Soundtrack also features “Sonata for executioner and various young women.”

    The dialog is actually: “What is it?” “Essence of Man.” “Essence of Man!?” It would have made even less sense out-of-context than it does though.

    “Viper vapour”, appropriately, has plenty of mouth-organ.

  22. B. Chicltiz Says:

    @Tag Wiz—Yes, thanks, but that still doesn’t explain why one cover has it one way and the other has it the other way. Unless, of course, one of them is supposed to be titled Echo Time, or Echo-Time.

    I love this tidbit from the article you linked to:

    pseudonyms included Neil Balfort, Othello Baron, Oben Lerteth, Elton T Neef, Peter O’Flinn, René Rolant, Robin Tate and Deutero Spartacus. All but the last are partial anagrams of his name.

    We could use more Deutero Spartacus around here!

  23. Bruce A Munro Says:

    The Time-Echo Pharmacy makes the best Manshakes!

  24. Longtime_Lurker Says:

    @Ray P #21: That’s it exactly. Ah, to be 18 again and watching the opening credits for the first time. Although I suspect the version that I saw back then was a few seconds shorter—I doubt that the Powers That Were would have allowed we hotblooded young’uns to be corrupted by the sight of Jane’s devil’s dumplings. Where was Space Sheep when they needed him?

  25. Ray P Says:

    Well, when this film first appeared I was still being weaned. Didn’t see it until around twenty years later when all involved were well past their peak. The opening titles do make a (deliberately) unsuccessful essay on covering up Miss Fonda. I’d forgotten before reviewing the beginning how much of her is visible. Especially (coincidentally?) when Roger Vadim’s nom appears on the screen. IMDB has some amusing behind-the-scenes photographs of chez Vadim-Fonda with Calamity Jane in costume stood at a stove stirring something/one French no doubt. And pics of Roger personally hands-on adjusting the rips in her bodysuit on set.

    Funny to think of her appearing in a Godard movie, a few years after this one, though it is in many respects weirder, despite being about striking French factory workers.

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