Jul 23

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Wallace Comments “Put the Slave on my Master Card”.

Published 1972

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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19 Responses to “Into the Slave Nebula”

  1. THX 1139 Says:

    So that’s what’s under Michael Portillo’s pink suits.

  2. Francis Boyle Says:

    “Lady, if you want a slave for, er, personal purposes, you might want to look elsewhere.”

    (Atomic Genitals are one thing but this guy seems to have a black hole.)

  3. fred Says:

    I give it a 0% chance he’s looking at the card and not somethings else.

  4. fred Says:

    I don’t remember this particular Kurt Russell/Goldie Hawn movie.

  5. THX 1139 Says:

    @fred: Kurt was never so tall.

    Unless it was the sequel to Overboard: Overestimated.

  6. Bibliomancer Says:

    Whip Rentals. 5 credits. 5 minutes.

  7. Ryan Says:

    Why are the whip, the chain, and her eyes so vivid, while everything else is so muted? What is the illustrator trying to tell us?

  8. Bruce A Munro Says:

    Are those multiple chains (attached where? Inside the black hole?) or just one chain long enough to play skip rope? Doesn’t seem very secure.

    “At last, someone to open the pickle jars!”

    I’m assuming that neither of the purported males on the cover are Derry Horn (Horn. Heh heh), unless “giving up your Earthly Heritage” involves painting yourself blue.

  9. B. Chiclitz Says:

    John Brunner? I think the real title is The Boobs Perk Up.

  10. THX 1139 Says:

    Just wait till his hair grows back, Delilah!

  11. Verylatetotheparty Says:

    Not looking so smug now, Dr Manhattan.

  12. GSS ex-noob Says:

    Well! No wonder she’s buying him, and looking so pleased about it. She must have a very high limit on her Master Card, he wouldn’t be a bargain special.

    @Francis: he looks suitable for several other purposes. The whip, lifting heavy things, getting items down off tall shelves, being decorative.

    @Vlttp: he was the very definition of Atomic Genitals.

  13. Tat Wood Says:

    The thing that interests me is the bloke (and there’s no other word for him) on the right. He looks as if he’s just had a sharp intake of breath through his teeth and is saying ‘gor, dear, you can’t be doin’ that ‘ere, luv; this card only permits suggestive leerin’ and frottidge. More’n my job’s worth to let any flaggilative activities ‘appen on the premises.’

  14. Verylatetotheparty Says:

    @GSSxn: But here discretely censored by hands and shadow, for possibly the only time – unless the Bloke on the right is actually saying ‘Nah, sorry luv, you just can’t get the parts any more.’

  15. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @Vlttp: Maybe the stud is a Dr. M impersonator, but she doesn’t see the goods until her credit rating’s confirmed

    @Tat: That’s exactly how he sounds!

    If/when Mr. Muscles speaks, it’s in more of a David Beckham (famous underwear salesman) voice. Bit silly. The Sales-Bloke says, “An’ it’s extra to NOT ‘ave ‘im talk. Trust me there, luv.”

  16. Bruce A Munro Says:


    I’d read it.

  17. JuanPaul Says:

    I feel like I can almost see a celebrity in each of thier faces but then it slips away.

  18. A. R. Yngve Says:

    Curiously, John Norman (of “Gor” fame) wrote some very angry letters and columns about this book, claiming that it objectified men and promoted sexist ideas of male submissiveness. Go figure.

  19. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @ARY: thanks for the factoid. Quel surprise, he could dish it out but not take it; one book vs. a never-ending series. A proto-MRA, old-school male chauvinist pig. And no competition for Brunner in the writing talent, either.

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