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Nov 03

Dickson is out standing erect in his field. Call the cops.Click for larger image

Good Show Sir Comments: You’ve got “Dickson” and “Bone” on this cover. Somewhere Beavis & Butthead are snickering.

Published 1987

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: 6.71 out of 10)
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13 Responses to “In the Bone”

  1. THX 1139 Says:

    “Heh, this machine makes Robby the Robot look like Usain Bolt! No, wait a minute…”

  2. Max Bathroom Says:

    Kraftwerk shows have really gone downhill since the band members started leaving.

  3. fred Says:

    Weak. The Omni blurb is interesting, only for the ‘…’ making you wonder what was cut out of the rest of the quote.

    Dell really brings the GSS on this Dickson short story collection cover.

    https://www.abebooks.com/first-edition/Gordon-Dicksons-Best-Illustrated-.Hiliftger-Brother/821520491/bd

  4. Francis Boyle Says:

    They solved the weight problem by chopping off the poor guy’s arms and legs but in honour of the author’s name and the title they left one appendage. As a result the driving experience is simultaneously oddly pleasurable and immensely frustrating.

  5. Tor Mented Says:

    I’ve stepped on a Lego. I’ve never stepped into a Lego.

  6. Bruce A Munro Says:

    I suppose he still could have his arms and legs if he’s folded up like a freshly cleaned shirt in there, but it’s not going to be a comfortable ride.

    The constant electrical discharge seems like it would be rather inconvenient for bystanders – maybe it’s supposed to intimidate the natives?

    Behold the AWSUM POWAH of my mecha .. hey, you’re not supposed to be laughing!

  7. Bruce A Munro Says:

    Dickson was firmly in the Campbell “humans rule, aliens drool” school of SF writing: the story which provides the book title (and possible the cover pic inspiration) was a fairly notorious example. Human bad-assery lies “in the bone”, which still sounds like a dick/Dick metaphor.

  8. B. Chiclitz Says:

    “It’s ‘In the Bone’ all right; this damned arthritis is killing me!”

  9. Tat Wood Says:

    Russ Tamblyn gets back at those who said he was too short to be the lead dancer. He even points his prosthetic toes at a ninety-degree angle.

  10. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @Bruce: I guess maybe the mecha operator could be a multiple amputee?

    Don’t remember if I sent this one in or not, but it looks familiar.

  11. Bob Says:

    Techno zombie apocalypse Part 1: Baby Steps

  12. JuanPaul Says:

    Iron Giant Nerd finally leaves his mother’s basement.

    I respect this on a low level. At least the artist accounted for all the pivots and ball joints that would allow this tin can to walk.. Usually GSS artists create robots that wouldn’t be able to move.

  13. The Blue Are Coming Says:

    You think the cyborg dealership would’ve fixed that outstep before the customer picked it up.

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