Feb 16

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Marvin Comments: And then Toby got tased.

Published 1959

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: 7.50 out of 10)

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22 Responses to “The Death Rays of Ardilla”

  1. A. R. Yngve Says:

    “Calling Biggles! Calling Biggles! Biggles, come in… oh bloody hell, this isn’t a microphone! It’s my electric shaver!”

  2. fred Says:

    There are plinths and then there are PLINTHS.

    Johns covers are a treasure.

  3. THX 1139 Says:

    Hmm, this holiday resort needs more work.

  4. Francis Boyle Says:

    I think the Prof’s thumb is evolving into a seal (or at least some vaguely pinnepedoid organism).

  5. Tor Mented Says:

    In light of today’s author, I think we should address each other with the honorific of captain.

  6. Captain Bibliomancer Says:

    @ Cap’n T. Mented – It will be a busy day with Captain T. Wizard approving all the new login names.

  7. Tat Wood Says:

    “Don’t worry, Algy, Liz Truss has gone to Terramagna to take some selfies.”

  8. B. Chiclitz Says:

    @Captain Bibliomancer—And of course GSS Admin will have to provide us all with shiny new space uniforms! Perhaps similar to this one?

  9. Leak Says:

    Havana Syndrome, the early years?

  10. Bruce A Munro Says:

    @Marvin: You’ve seen Hobo with a Shotgun: now, Elderly College Professor with a Taser.

    Fashions come and go in cycles: clearly, in the year 2500 they’ve cycled back to the 1950s. [1]

    “Hello, this The Professor. I was told Ardilla was shooting out death rays. (Is this thing on?) Nobody told me the bloody thing was playing dodge’em with other planets!”

    [1] Perhaps they’ll be into to Victorian top hats and swallowtail coats by the 3000s.

  11. JuanPaul Says:

    I would have titled it: The Killa Rays of Ardilla

  12. Captain Raoul Says:

    By the looks of his left hand, his taser is shorting out.

  13. Tat Wood Says:

    Dunno about Death rays, but the sunlight’s coming from three dfferent places.

  14. Captain GSS ex-noob Says:

    @Captain Marvin: Toby deserved that tasing, I say.

    For some reason, my brain is singing “it’s just a jump to the left.”

    Apparently the death rays got to the Prof so he’s fading out on the book spine.

    Was Mr. Johns a Navy captain (slightly worth bragging about) or an Army captain (get over yourself, mate)?

    Checked @Captain Fred’s link — no, he wasn’t any sort of captain at all!

    Biggles and Algy would have regarded him as a bounder for lying about his rank.

    Is Ardilla a planet, or its sexy ruler? (Like Princess Ardala in “Buck Rogers”.)

    @Captain fred: Plinthus Maximus!

    @Captain Raoul: It’s definitely not a thumb. Look at the size and how/where it’s attached. Something very wrong with the Prof’s hand.

    @Captain B. Chiclitz: how’s about this instead?

    To infinit(ely bad covers) and beyond!

  15. fred Says:

    If he’s a Professor holding a piece of equipment that makes him a boffin.

  16. Captain B. Chiclitz Says:

    @Captain GSSxn—Link didn’t work. Too bad. I’m sure it was a super special Space outfit. Amen to Beyond Infinity!

  17. B. Chiclitz Says:

    @Cap’n GSSxn—The link didn’t work. Too bad. I’ll bet it was a swell Space Outfit! For some reason I am not able to give myself the rank of “Captain” when I login. Is there some trick to getting that through the moderation process? Anyway, amen to always being Beyond Infinity!

  18. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @Captain (provisional) BC: It was a basic astronaut spacesuit, like the middle of the link says.

    Really not tacky enough for GSS, now that I think on it. We’d need one that’s at least Buzz Lightyear-esque, or at minimum a shiny jumpsuit.

  19. Tor Mented Says:

    I guess it’s just as well that no one referred to me as Cap Tor, or it might have led to a misunderstanding about a hostage situation.

  20. Tat Wood Says:

    It’s the 1955 version of ‘Don’t Look Up’ – the Professor’s so entranced watching ‘Muffin the Mule’ on his hand-held telly he fails to spot a planet crashing towards him.

    Still, I bet his accent’s better than John Bradley’s in ‘Moonfall’

    (Hint for future GSS readers: it’s February 2022 and two silly films have been released, one sincere-but-misfiring, the other crass and, well, Roland Emmerich. Both will be comprehensively forgotten three weeks from now.)

  21. Leak Says:

    @Tat Wood: there’s also a short animated film on YouTube on the topic that’s probably more informative and fun than those two films combined…

  22. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @Leak: Good find! Actually knows science, is free and much shorter, and has animated penguins.

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