May 26

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Good Show Sir Comments: You never look good in these cheap store dressing room mirrors.

Published 1971

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: 8.00 out of 10)

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15 Responses to “The Byworlder”

  1. THX 1139 Says:

    Someone left the book cover out in the rain
    I don’t think that I can take it
    Cause it took so long to read it
    And I’ll never have that recipe again
    Oh nooooooooooooooooooooooooooo…

  2. fred Says:

    Beauty is in the watery eye of the byworlder.

    @1. THX – Richard Harris, mixing alcohol with music to produce wonder.

  3. Tat Wood Says:

    It’s Dutch for ‘Bewildered’.

  4. Francis Boyle Says:

    The rejected Purple Haze cover.

  5. Ryan Says:

    Captain Picard was not pleased by the new “jazz function” on the latest model transporter.

  6. A.R.Yngve Says:

    I assume that “beer goggles” are somehow an important part of the book’s plot…

  7. B. Chiclitz Says:

    Judging by the arrangement, I’d say the woman in the middle is a Bi-Worlder.

  8. Bibliomancer Says:

    I must be having an emotional reaction to this cover. It’s like I’m looking at it through tear-filled eyes.

  9. GSS ex-noob Says:

    I was going to send this one in.

    There are 2 men and one woman in a spaceship, but they aren’t blurry and smeared.

    The book is just… embarrassing. Imagine a conservative hard SF guy writing something sympathetic to, like, the groovy hippie world view. That’s this book. One of Poul’s few stinkers, which I think is why I got it in the 5/$1 used book bundle.

    So, cover and content suit each other.

    I no longer have the book, I got my 20c worth of entertainment and passed it along.

    @THX: GSS. Thanks for starting us off perfectly. Oh noooooo indeed. (I prefer the Donna Summer version. Actually I prefer Weird Al’s take on it)

  10. JuanPaul Says:

    I bet the first Biworld astronauts were very surprised by the view of thier planet.

  11. B. Chiclitz Says:

    @GSSxn—Glad you spent that twenty cents. I must be suffering from B’Mancer’s tears as well, since I thought it was two women and one epauletted man. So I guess General Ray-Gun there must be the actual Bi-Worlder.

  12. THX 1139 Says:

    @GSS xn: Donna did a good version, I agree, but there’s something majestic in Richard Harris’s original, like a grand folly. And the album it’s from is called A Tramp Shining, surely one of the worst titles of all time. But it did lead to a hilarious bit on SCTV.

  13. Tat Wood Says:

    @THX, x-n: the sad thing is, the line everyone remembers was itself pilfered from someone describing Somerset Maugham’s face. Specifically, it was a wedding-cake.

  14. Tor Mented Says:

    So, do the stripe-ed pair of pants refer to trousers or panties?

  15. GSS ex-noob Says:

    Baldy bald epaulet man is the untrustworthy ChiCom; nekkid man and woman are the good old American hippies (who are called “Byworlders” for no reason). Or at least the guy is, I forget who she was… maybe a scientist?

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