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Spring Heeled Jack comments: Barefoot in the Dystopic Park

Read all about it on the back cover

Published 1962

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: 6.17 out of 10)

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20 Responses to “Journey Beyond Tomorrow”

  1. fred Says:

    ‘I was sad that I had no shoes, then I met a man with a mandolin.’ The sixth most popular saying from beyond tomorrow.

  2. Adzel Says:

    I’m pretty sure Jonathan Swift did a similar novel.

  3. Tat Wood Says:

    This being Sheckley, the blurb and cover are way too timid for the contents. Just showing Gil Gerard at a street-fair fails to hint at the Swift-writing-for-the-New-Yorker tone that would later make millions for Douglas Adams.

  4. Bibliomancer Says:

    “Passion is a beatnik. Love the New Frontier”

    It doesn’t get more 1962 than that.

  5. Francis Boyle Says:

    I think it’s the time traveller from here after he mugged a generic beatnik for his clothes.

  6. THX 1139 Says:

    Space Lego has never been more perilous.

  7. fred Says:

    It’s like he’s just walked out of the Buckaroo Banzai end credits.

  8. Bruce A Munro Says:

    Published 1962. Makes it a really early entry in the “1960s ruin everything!” genre.

    Passion is a beatnik? I can’t help visualizing this guy:

  9. GSS ex-noob Says:

    So… sometime next week? Or only 2 days from now? That is one generic title.

    And Sheckley didn’t even get the whole back cover for the blurb, half of it’s an ad for another book, not even in the same genre! It’s probably better than the art and blurb.

    Another bad cover for it:,204,203,200_.jpg

    I know politics can be violent, but the Octagon?

    It took a little over 40 years for the all-caps part of the blurb to happen.

    What are the moons… suns… planets… whatever doing there?

    Possibly the most Sheckley-an thing to happen was when I did a search on the title and one result was a deleted video about Sue Perkins. !!!

    @B’mancer: I agree. I had the urge to put on a beret and snap my fingers.

    @fred: He’s nowhere near that cool.

  10. B. Chiclitz Says:

    Is he levitating? Must be into that 1962-vintage “Mary Jane,” maybe dipped in paregoric, a must for true Beatniks. I think that’s the Kingston Trio performing on the right.

  11. GSS ex-noob Says:

    I think mandolin-guy might have some melanin (hard to tell with that color scheme), which lets out the Kingston Trio. He’s definitely got more hair than all of them combined.

  12. B. Chiclitz Says:

    @GSSxn—I meant the group who were actually from Kingston, not the name-colonizers.

  13. Verylatetotheparty Says:

    @GSSxn: Ah, the notorious deleted Sue Perkins video. There are vague and conflicting rumours…

  14. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @BC: Groovy. Also probably better music, mon.

    @Vlttp: Probably the episode of “Supersizers” that the Beeb rejected. No doubt Giles did something extra-douchey.

  15. A. R. Yngve Says:

    Artist: “And here’s the cover for the new Sheckley skiffy book…”
    Editor: “I’m not too keen on that background color…”
    Artist: “I beg your pardon? I used MY OWN URINE to make those golden hues!”

  16. GSS ex-noob Says:

    Editor: “Like I said…”

  17. DaveM Says:

    @GSSxn; The lead guy is supposed to be the one with some melanin, he’s half Polynesian. The guy with the Lute is his hippy friend Lum who’s skin colouration and ethnicity is not mentioned (or so my aging memory remembers). And agree totally with @Tat Wood (3), the back cover doesn’t come close to showing how brilliant, subversive, and plain hilarious this book is.

  18. Verylatetotheparty Says:

    @GSSxn 14) Details are sketchy with various sources saying ‘Still covered by the Official Secrets Act old chap, don’t y’know,’ ‘Frankly, the world is not yet ready.’ and ‘…god help us all, cake, cake everywhere..’ It’s said that even Giles, for once, was speechless.

  19. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @Vlttp: and one bloke on the stage crew could only mutter “Gor blimey…” over and over.

  20. Bruce A Munro Says:

    Rob Sheckley was always creatively nutty, even when he wasn’t being promoted as such.

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