Aug 27

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Good Show Sir comments: I hate buying a book with a broken spine.

Check out the wraparound cover.

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: 6.43 out of 10)

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15 Responses to “Fireship”

  1. fred Says:

    Tinted glasses AND a turtleneck. He probably has a flying car and a mansion with a secret research lab in the basement where bald Mel Ferrer keeps him tuned up.

  2. Bruce A Munro Says:

    “Before you go hit on that Suicide Girl [1], remember – I have the off switch to your groin.”

    [1] Wrap-around cover link

  3. THX 1139 Says:

    Looks like he got more actual back than his baby.

  4. JuanPaul Says:

    The bald guy contemplates switching off the entire experiment.

  5. fred Says:

    Doh! Jose not Mel.

  6. Francis Boyle Says:

    Dammit! I wish I had studied anatomy. I really want to know where that cable is intended to exit.

    Sidenote: Wasn’t 1979 a bit late for reel to reel tapes to be considered futuristic (although one of the units has only one reel so I suppose that counts for something).

  7. Bibliomancer Says:

    This was the breadboard model of the 6-Million Dollar Man.

    Easier to troubleshoot.

  8. THX 1139 Says:

    Behind every Robert Evans there’s a… Jackie Earle Haley?!

  9. Bruce A Munro Says:

    So, is a Fire Ship like a Fire Truck and puts out fires in space stations and such, or is it a more metaphorical fire, like the one we didn’t start but has always been burning, burning?

    Re the Suicide Girl on the back cover: can’t tell if those are tattoos or just really fancy socks, and unsure if that is face paint, a bad job of shading, or severe rosacea.

    @fred: I was wondering about that. But your comment at #1 is apt: he does have a really 1970s Six Million Dollar Man knock off hero look, doesn’t he?

    @THX 1139 #3: I think that’s just deliberately weird perspective, with the way the spine sort of dwindles away in the distance.

    Edit: but you probably knew that already. Sorry about nerdsplaining there.

  10. Tor Mented Says:

    “I don’t always wire up bionic men.

    “But when I do, it’s through the bum.”

  11. JuanPaul Says:

    @Tor M The bum jack reminds me of the VR port in ‘Existenz’

  12. B. Chiclitz Says:

    “See you have to remove the plug from the bunghole without hitting the sides or else the buzzer goes off and his nose lights up and the operation is a failure!”

  13. GSS ex-noob Says:

    Ah yes, this one also resides upon the shelves at Chez xN.

    Fugly as it is, it does a reasonable job of showing things that happen in the story. Well, the title story anyway, which is about 40% of the book. IRL the cover is excessively orange, presumably because the story takes place on Mars.

    SFBC’s captive audience suffered much for their book bargains.

    @BC: GSS.

  14. Tor Mented Says:

    @JP: I have that movie, and you’re right, it’s exactly like that!

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