Aug 17

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Good Show Sir Comments: In the future, the iPad 108th generation will be HUUUUUGE!

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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: 5.67 out of 10)

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20 Responses to “Slan”

  1. THX 1139 Says:

    Please don’t slam the Slan.

  2. fred Says:


  3. Cornelius Says:

    Most people would put windows into a new build house after all the brickwork was done. Slan had other ideas.

  4. Bibliomancer Says:

    Tim Cook introduces the new iSlan.

  5. fred Says:

    The gratuitous perspective lines are a real distraction on an otherwise good cover.

  6. Francis Boyle Says:

    Sorry mate, I don’t care if it’s the retro-future, portrait mode video is still stupid.

  7. Tat Wood Says:

    ‘OK Google, what’s the best haircut to hide the snail-eyes growing out of my head?

  8. Raoul Says:

    “Wow! This new vid-screen makes the city look hi-res and 3-D!”

  9. Bruce A Munro Says:

    @Raoul: the emperor’s new television?

  10. B. Chiclitz Says:

    “Gee, I wonder if that tiny rocket is about to smash through this plate glass window and smash me in the forehead? I guess I’ll just stand here and see.”

  11. A. R. Yngve Says:

    “Great screen, but the battery runs out too damn fast.”

  12. Leak Says:

    So I guess that’s what “tell all the truth, but tell it slan” is all about?

  13. fred Says:

    Panther Science Fiction ‘Slan’….Richard Harris hangover?

  14. GSS ex-noob Says:

    Usually the covers here are too gaudy.

    This one’s just dull.

    It doesn’t even seem to be a giant iPad or a TV or a visiplate or whatever. Slan’s just propped up a window or big empty frame near the city and from his eyeline he’s contemplating the endless green plane (with lines. why?) and not the city.

    Not so much with the genius and super-race.

  15. Bruce A Munro Says:

    Just dull? That’s Slan-der, sir!

    He lives in an invisible house save for the door and window frames? Making some sort of Slan-ish artistic statement.

    And maybe the lines and big green space are a giant football field ( ) for playing futuristic super-race-ball.

  16. A. R. Yngve Says:

    As for the novel SLAN… I’ll say that at least Van Vogt made the effort to depict “mental powers” as a physical thing that required actual organs to function (the golden tendrils on the protagonist’s head).

    Most stories about “mental powers” are much lazier than that – it’s “Unlocking your hidden potential” or the old hogwash [whiny voice] “You’re only using a fraction of your brain’s capacity”…

  17. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @Bruce: I am a ma’am, sir! 🙂

    Maybe in the future, football is played on a round/curved field, so the lines are radial.

    In which case, Slan there is either

    1) a coach using his mental powers to figure out a plan for the next game, or

    2) he’s a cameraman using the frame to figure out how the field looks to people who still hold their phones in portrait. His mental powers don’t help him know why they do that, thouogh.

  18. Bruce Munro Says:

    @GSS ex-noob: it was my impression we were all “sirs” here regardless of gender, at least when we had performed a Good Show.

  19. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @Bruce: Quite right. Sorries.

    Considering how many genders humans come in, much less the aliens we so often see, I suppose we all should be Sir.

  20. Emster Says:

    In the future, we’ll all wear George Jetson tops, and fashion throw (way way) back to Gulliver’s Travels pants, socks and shoes? That’s seriously cheesy.

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