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Nov 23

Sci-fi could not look more ultra-modernClick for larger image

Lady Jane Comments: “Computerworld” cover. Featuring no computers.

Published 1983

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: 4.33 out of 10)
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18 Responses to “Computerworld”

  1. THX 1139 Says:

    If this is ultramodern, where are their phones?

  2. Francis Boyle Says:

    I don’t think gay S&M wet-and-messy balloon fetish porn has been invented yet so that makes it ultra-modern, I suppose.

  3. JuanPaul Says:

    That guy on the ground is getting an ultra modern kick in the groin.

  4. fred Says:

    KITT counts as a computer, and if anyone else has any complaints about David Hasselhoff streaking then I’d think twice about that.

  5. Tor Mented Says:

    Rather than being ultra modern, I associated bubble dances with the 1940s — by women.

  6. Tat Wood Says:

    Being Van Vogt, I’d expect a computer in this story to be the size of three planets. Luckily, they didn’t draw any magnetic tape spools, punched cards or Apple Macs so maybe this drubbing is happening… inside the mainframe.

    (UPDATE)
    It’s a bubble-memory… how early 80s.

  7. Bruce A Munro Says:

    @Tat Wood: nothing ages worse than an SF story that promises to be ultra super dooper modern.

  8. Bruce A Munro Says:

    “Is that my body down there? Man, I should have worked out more.”

  9. Daard23 Says:

    This is exactly what it looked like when Karl Bartos left Kraftwerk.

  10. B. Chiclitz Says:

    I don’t know what’s more interesting, the idea that he’s trying to push the cover apart and escape this awful scene, or the brick-sized object that seems to be inserted under the skin of his right forearm.

  11. Hammy Says:

    @B.C. (prev.)

    Both forearms, actually. The left one looks like an old-fashioned (i.e., from the 1970s) American football arm pad, but implanted subcutaneously….

  12. GSS ex-noob Says:

    No computers, and nothing modern on the one guy, who hasn’t even progressed as far as clothing technology.

    Where are the blobs coming from? What’s on top of KITT?

    @Francis: I don’t know for sure, but I’d be surprised if someone hadn’t invented that by 1983. Possibly this artist.

    @Tor: maybe the fact that men were doing it was the modern part?

    @Bruce: maybe the implanted football pads have something to do with the bubbles.

  13. Bruce A Munro Says:

    The bubbles are ectoplasm…it’s a ghoooost!

    (No doubt that Ghost in the Machine we’ve all heard of).

  14. A. R. Yngve Says:

    Excuse me while I type in ultra-modern Computer Lettering on my ultra-modern Thinking Machine, and send them via the Electro-Cables to the Ultra-Message Board known as “Good Show Sir”….

  15. Tracy Says:

    Where are Ralf und Florian?

  16. THX 1139 Says:

    @Tracy: Bit of bad news about Florian, I’m afraid… but I don’t think this cover is what happened to him.

  17. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @Tracy: “Und now is de time on Shprockets ven ve danse. Naked, mit killer cars.”

  18. 1Thunderfire Says:

    Ultra-modern times require running naked past yellow space ectoplasm and avoiding lasers.

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