Sep 14

Bubble Boy!Click for larger image

JuanPaul comments: One of the most dangerous jobs in the universe: harvesting space caviar.

Published 1986

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: 6.69 out of 10)

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19 Responses to “The Pathfinders”

  1. THX 1139 Says:

    It’s like Fantastic Voyage, but he’s going to the centre of a banana, raspberry, lime and orange smoothie.

  2. Longtime_Lurker Says:

    Not “he”s” going. Have a look under the left armpit.

  3. fred Says:

    I never thought I’d live to see the Power Rangers reimagined as alien jelly bean people. I can now die happy.

  4. fred Says:

    @#2 LTL – I considered the same thing, but the size of the larynx doesn’t gibe.

  5. THX 1139 Says:

    @LL: She’s no Raquel!

  6. Longtime_Lurker Says:

    Goodreads sez:
    ” Ai was an apprentice Pathfinder, in training to guide the great Darkjumpers through interstellar space. But sporadic attacks of blindness seemed likely to end her career before it had truly begun.

    Desperate, she sought the counsel of an old family friend. But she found him lost to a living death, his mind mysteriously siphoned off in the Dark of space. So she brought his body back to Scholar Emrys, the one man she thought could help him.”

    OK, I’ll stop now.

  7. Verylatetotheparty Says:

    Please keep going – at least until you get to some kind of explanation for the giant (sentient?) flying space fruit.

  8. Francis Boyle Says:

    Well, that’s bubble tea ruined for me now.

  9. Longtime_Lurker Says:

    VLTTP: Sorry, of the giant space fruit Goodreads has nothing to say.

  10. Tor Mented Says:

    Geary Gravel. Is he any relation to Sprockety Grit?

  11. B. Chiclitz Says:

    Space Macaroons! The yellow one seems to sport a goofy grin and is eyeing up the bubble-girl with a somewhat lascivious glint in his macaroon eye!

  12. Bruce A Munro Says:

    “That time I was reincarnated as a space slime.”

  13. MakkaPakka Says:

    @LL: “Darkjumpers” long time foes of the Cream Cardigans?

  14. Bruce A Munro Says:

    What’s all this colorful mist stuff in space anyway? Is Space-California on fire?

  15. GSS ex-noob Says:

    I’m not sure what pronouns the bubble person uses but I’m going with “she/her”. The arm and neck are so nebulously (har) drawn that I’m fairly confident in that from the small sideboob. *reads LtL’s comment* So there.

    But having short hair and small chest is an advantage when you have to travel by small bubble. I see her brainstem’s plugged into the bubble, but how does she do… everything else? (and other science facts).

    Is the ribbon-like thing the Path to be Found? Doesn’t take much talent, then. We can all see it from here. Follow the yellow glow road.

    @FB (8): She’s lost in the Bubble Tea Nebula, where all the boba of different species mingle with no rhyme nor reason.

    @Tor (10): That’s better than I managed which was “WTF kind of name is that?”

  16. Verylatetotheparty Says:

    @GSSxn: I suppose her bubble just slowly fills up with… stuff. Hopefully there’s some sort of outlet valve at the bottom to empty the accumulated contents once in a while.

  17. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @Vlttp: I do hope the electronics are well-shielded from moisture, then.

    Or perhaps since she has no food or water, the stuff doesn’t happen. So it’s hopefully a very short flight. Might explain why she’s skinny (and looking for bubble tea).

  18. A. R. Yngve Says:

    Dreams of a Jelly Bean Fiend

  19. Tat Wood Says:

    Gary Glitter’s attempt to re-invent himself isn’t panning out.

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