May 18

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Ryan Comments: Tony Shaloub found the futuristic milk bath rather unexciting.

Published 1979

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: 6.29 out of 10)

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12 Responses to “Echo Round His Bones”

  1. THX 1139 Says:

    “Hey, some of these bath bombs haven’t dissolved! Refund!”

  2. fred Says:

    One pill makes you larger, one pill makes you small. And the pills that mother gives you lets you pass right through the walls.

  3. Bruce A Munro Says:

    There’s not enough room for two, so they have to take turns being packed away in styrofoam for the week.

  4. Francis Boyle Says:

    Unexpected things that will exist in the future #273: PSAs warning of the danger of teleporting under the influence of strange alien drugs.

  5. A.R.Yngve Says:

    “Look, Artoo! It is Joe Piscopo, and he’s still frozen in Lactonite!”

  6. Ryan Says:

    This is one of the covers that is science-fiction-y, but at the same time deadly dull. Did the art director of Pocket Books spend more than two minutes on the decision to print this?

    “What scene will bore our readers enough to make them pass on to our competitor’s books? Let’s pick that one!”

    Even Tony the cover model is suffering from ennui.

  7. daard23 Says:

    “Don’t be half a man! Join the U.S. Space Force today!!!” (Stephen Miller insisted on the white background).

  8. Tor Mented Says:

    If ever a cover deserved the “feet are hard to draw” tag …

  9. Tor Mented Says:

    Actually, I don’t think it’s a bad cover. A bit of bargain-basement surrealism, but the artist has talent.

  10. B. Chiclitz Says:

    A certain orange-faced grotesquerie reads the blurb and ponders—
    “Two of every man? That means the other me can rule from 2024 until 2032. I’d better pop another Clorox Chewable to make sure we stay healthy!”

  11. GSS ex-noob Says:

    I’m not sure any of us can top Ryan’s art direction. GSS!

    We certainly can’t accuse the artist of taking the title literally. No echoes or bones.

    I have a question for the blurb — what about women? Are there still only one of them? This is definitely a dystopia if there’s twice as much mansplaining.

    @ARY: Joe Piscopo wants YOU to join him in Lactonite!

  12. Francis Boyle Says:

    I was going to mention the woman thing – but that would have led to a threesome joke and I’m too classy for that!

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