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Apr 06

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JuanPaul Comments: All the myriad ways to wear chinos

Published 1975

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: 6.50 out of 10)
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12 Responses to “All the Myriad Ways”

  1. THX 1139 Says:

    The truth about those No. 10 Lockdown gatherings.

  2. JJYoyo Says:

    And @THX has won the thread right off the bat.

  3. fred Says:

    Pink Floyd’s ‘Eclipse’, the lost lyrics.

  4. A. R. Yngve Says:

    Another day in the Metaverse – suspiciously like another day in Hell.

  5. Bruce A Munro Says:

    I told them to put on some Moontan lotion before they went out, but no…

  6. Emster Says:

    A very talentless sonnet, heavily leaning on Barrett Browning’s #43, and just barely:

    How much do I enjoy Niven? Let’s count All The Myriad Ways.
    His books and short stories are outta sight.
    Collaborative series of Kzin fights.
    For all his tales about outer space.
    Reclined on the sofa, I read and laze.
    So many good ones I just might.
    Read past bedtime well into the night.
    I hang on his words, his ev’ry phrase.
    Hoards of little mutants on the loose.
    Give earthling heroes a merry chase.
    I read with tea, and sometimes booze.
    The stories from the covers we cannot guess.
    The man’s an icon, he’s paid his dues!
    We’re sorry (not sorry!) this cover’s a mess.

    PS – I dub this font “Larry Niven Funky 70s Computer”, appeared to be the go-to for several covers…

  7. JJYoyo Says:

    @Emster: Excelsior!

  8. GSS ex-noob Says:

    GSS to everyone, especially @Emster.

    I don’t know if this has anything to do with any of the stories in the book, but it definitely isn’t the title story.

  9. Bruce A Munro Says:

    @GSS ex-noob: It might be “Inconstant Moon”, but if so the artist has the wrong bunch of people dropping dead: it’s not the people who can see an over-bright Moon, but the people on the other side of the planet, those foolish enough to not be Californian, who are screwed.

  10. Hammy Says:

    I’m just trying to figure out how the guy in the red shirt got yellow ‘mud’ on his jeans when the planet’s soil is red.

    Or maybe he just got finished painting the golden city that’s supposed to be in the background.

  11. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @Bruce: I think you’re right. It was supposed to be “Inconstant Moon”, except the Moon didn’t get bigger/closer (just brighter), all the people either died or didn’t, no in-between, and the story takes place entirely in the middle of Los Angeles, no empty plains involved.

    I wonder if anyone was disappointed, expecting some cosmic cataclysm from this cover.

  12. Bruce A Munro Says:

    @GSS ex-noob: it was definitely one of the more easy-going “most of humanity dies” stories I’ve read. (What’s the British SF term? “Cozy catastrophe?”)

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