Nov 02

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J.R.R. Tokin Comments: She is proficient in ASSembly Language

Published 1973

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: 2.42 out of 10)

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15 Responses to “Demon Seed”

  1. Ryan Says:

    I get the magnetic tape data storage since it is 1973, but why the huge gears?

  2. fred Says:

    The one w/ the rapey artificial intelligence. SKYNET just wanted to kill us, thankfully.

  3. Francis Boyle Says:

    I thought they’d given up on moon shots by 1973.

  4. Alessandra Kelley Says:

    Not gonna lie, this look like my bitz box of spare parts for modifying tabletop gaming miniatures.

    (Also, Francis Boyle wins.)

  5. THX 1139 Says:

    Number 5… is alive! Oh, wait, wrong one.

  6. Bruce A Munro Says:

    Also a rather bad movie.

    @Francis Boyle: zing!

    Editor: remember, this book includes robo-rape, so the art should have the sensitivity and maturity the subject demands.
    Artist: T&A front and center, right.

    Did the robot have tentacles? I bet it had tentacles.

    Dean Koontz has been churning out horror for over half a century now: gotta give him points for productivity if nothing else.

  7. Tat Wood Says:

    Is this what became that cruddy film with Julie Christie and the voice of Robert Vaughan?
    If so, have fun with the ‘conception’ scene: I keep expecting Patrick Troughton’s face to emerge from the howlround effect

  8. B. Chiclitz Says:

    Almost as good as the Orgasmatron scene from Sleeper.

  9. THX 1139 Says:

    @Bruce: Dean has been churning out the same three horror novels for fifty years, anyway.

    The film was directed by Donald Cammell, who didn’t do much, but what he did complete was very weird. He turned it from a trashy potboiler about a rapey computer into a cosmic tale of womankind forced into making herself obsolete by male technology. More tea, vicar?

  10. GSS ex-noob Says:

    Ooh, dig that oh-so-70s “computer” font. Did this cover route checks to Koontz’ account? It must have, since he probably got a pittance for the movie and re-wrote and re-published this one in the 90s.

    I ask the men of GSS: does Julie Christie have that much of a butt?

    @Ryan: Good question.

    @Tat: I “love” how the person who uploaded the terrible VHS copy couldn’t even bother to cut off the PBS closing credit for the episode of Python that was on the tape before it.

    @fred: GSS! You win today.

  11. Tat Wood Says:

    @THX: funny how the people who fawn over ‘Performance’ never mention this.

  12. B. Chiclitz Says:

    @Tat W—I suspect it was Roeg’s hand what made Performance to fawn for. The narrative arc of that film is carried by the pure image, starting from the opening shot (watching yourself, and watching yourself watching yourself). The “plot” is laughable, and irrelevant.

    (Apologies for being serious, not usually my intention on GSS!) 😉

  13. THX 1139 Says:

    Cammell wasn’t talentless, he was overambitious though, and had to work with what he was given, rather than follow his muse more. White of the Eye is an amazing-looking film that just happens to be completely nuts, for example.

    The only other thing he completed was Wild Side, one of those 90s erotic thrillers that’s… completely nuts. He committed suicide when the studio re-edited it without his permission, which shows how passionate he was about his art, and maybe a lack of proportion, too. But he wasn’t a hack, by any means.

  14. B. Chiclitz Says:

    @THX 1139—Well put.

  15. A. R. Yngve Says:

    The novel that depicted how computer dating would snare us all!

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