Apr 27

Where's me bowsprit?!Click for larger image

Dr Bob Comments: Worse things happen at sea.

You might remember this from here.

Published 1988

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: 7.13 out of 10)

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24 Responses to “The Instrumentality of Mankind”

  1. Francis Boyle Says:

    Remember folks, if you’re planning to merge with a boat make sure it’s one of those snazzy ones with the fins at the front. Nothing else will do.

  2. THX 1139 Says:

    “Agh! Prickly heat!”

  3. Adzel Says:

    Boaty McBoatface always let his hair down on the weekends.

  4. Bibliomancer Says:

    What do you call a half man, half boat centaur?
    A jacktar

  5. Verylatetotheparty Says:

    There might have been less objection to the name Boaty McBoatface if people had known that ‘Boaty McBoat-arse’ was a possible alternative.

  6. fred Says:

    Instrumentality. Game of Throne’s theme on air cello?

  7. Tor Mented Says:

    “Is that a U-boat?”
    “Why-a yes, that’s-a me.”

  8. Longtime_Lurker Says:

    Gollancz perpetrated this atrocity?? What was the art director thinking of? Even passing up an opportunity for a cat-girl? (And a dog-girl, and a turtle-girl, and a bull-man …)

  9. JuanPaul Says:

    Heh, dude’s got a slim body but he’s a bit wide in the beam.

  10. Tat Wood Says:

    Is this supposed to represent ‘Drunkboat’? Or maybe they found a lost paragraph of ‘A Planet Named Shayol’ where someone had a dinghy growing out of him.

  11. B. Chiclitz Says:

    Row row row myself
    Gently down the stream
    Got a splinter
    In my scrotum
    Think I’m gonna scream


  12. Tat Wood Says:

    I stand corrected: it’s not ‘Drunkboat’, it’s I’m-not-drunk-I-can-pat-my-head-and-rub-my-tummy-at-the-same-time-boat. Because they can’t chalk a straight line on the sea.

  13. GSS ex-noob Says:

    Now, the Instrumentality certainly had plenty of animal-human hybrids, but no boat-human ones.

    I see Tag has created “boat people” and “ahoy matey” just for this! GSS.

    Why does the boat have fins?

    He’s apparently showing off his odd torso in a “Hello, sailor!” sort of move. Looking for someone to ride him, literally. Or bail him out, literally.

    What is his means of propulsion?!

    Was he also hybridized with an outboard engine on the back that we can’t see? He’s moving at a decent speed, judging by the bow wave, but he’s not paddling with his hands. Got to be some sort of motor somewhere.

  14. Roly Says:

    Does my bum look big in this?

  15. B. Chiclitz Says:

    @Tag Wโ€”just would like to second @GSSxn’s shout out for the new “ahoy matey” and “boat people” tags, and note the apt use of the “weird pecs” tag. Trifecta! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  16. Bruce A Munro Says:

    If you’re shipwrecked and find a magic lamp, don’t ask the genie to “make me a boat.”

  17. Ikari Gendo Says:

    Maybe it’s just an Americanism, but I’m surprised by the lack of comments about dinghies.

  18. A.R.Yngve Says:

    “Being a boat wouldn’t be all bad… if it wasn’t for those pesky barnacles!”

  19. Tor Mented Says:

    @Bruce 16: GSS.

  20. Dr Bob Says:

    @GSS & Tag Wizard – the cover artist is John Avon. Should I include artists in the comments when I submit covers?

  21. Tag Wizard Says:

    @Dr Bob – That would be useful, but the artist is usually easy to get at from the good people at The Internet Speculative Fiction Database.

  22. Francis Boyle Says:

    The fins are just cheap “bowsprit” symbolism.

  23. Verylatetotheparty Says:

    ‘This cold water’s shivering me timbers.’

  24. Anti-Sceptic Says:

    @Tor #7: Gave me a good laugh. GSS!

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