Apr 18

'Let's see what happens when I turn this knob'Click for larger image

Good Show Sir Comments: I’ll tell you what went wrong. You have teenagers messing with your rocket.

Thanks to Ryan for sending this in!

Published 1962

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: 5.40 out of 10)

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21 Responses to “Mystery of Satellite 7”

  1. THX 1139 Says:

    Those Beastie Boys got everywhere back in the day.

  2. THX 1139 Says:

    Also, does actually painting a turned down corner of the book on the cover make anyone else shudder a bit? Don’t encourage the book vandals!

  3. A. R. Yngve Says:

    “Are you boys launching space rockets down there?”

  4. Francis Boyle Says:

    Well, duh. Elon grabbed it and took it back to his volcano lair. Or it blew up. That could happen too.

  5. drlemaster Says:

    At first glance I thought the rocket said Icarus rather that 7arcus, which seemed like a really bad choice to name a rocket that you don’t want to blow up after it is launched.

  6. NomadUK Says:

    Frank and Joe discover that their ever-hungry pal Chet got cookie crumbs in the remote-destruct switch. The boys’ dad, Detective Fenton Hardy, reluctantly slaps the cuffs on him; it’s five years of hard labour for old Chet. Gosh!

  7. fred Says:

    Back cover. The New York Herald Tribune review blurb could pose a social media problem in 2022.

  8. Bibliomancer Says:

    Bill and Ted’s Ballistic Adventure

  9. Tat Wood Says:

    Leaving space hardware in the hands of someone who’s marvelling at an electric razor can’t end well.

  10. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @THX: Yes! This is a practice that’s bad and also stupid.

    Plus, here it makes it look like the cover is really just a crookedly-placed poster or decal of the illustration of the evil kids.

    @Tat: I thought it was a microphone and wondered who the hell he was talking to. Nobody should be in the blast range, it’s an unmanned satellite… so is he belatedly informing air traffic control or something?

    Similarly, not sure what Mr. Knob-Twiddler (that’s what she said) is doing — while it’s blasting off, there’s really nothing to be done except watch and hope. Probably should have labeled the knobs, too.

    @fred: So the writer knows boys and one of them looks queer. Yeaaahhh.

    Also, so much for the periscope window. Plate glass that close to a rocket should have shredded the kids into tiny pieces by now.

  11. Bruce A Munro Says:

    NASA’s use of outsourcing goes terribly wrong.

    “Probably we shouldn’t have gone with the lowest bidder!”

  12. Hammy Says:

    Man, I always hate it when someone turns down the gain when I’m on the mic….

  13. JJYoyo Says:

    “Alexa! Fix the rocket!”

  14. B. Chiclitz Says:

    @driemaster—At first glance I thought it said “Zarcus” and I thought “That’s Zardoz you idiots! Then I got distracted by mic-boy’s cowlick. Really bad. Looks like he has worms crawling out of his scalp.

  15. Tor Mented Says:

    Young Putin deals with a kid who set up a rival lemonade stand.

  16. JJYoyo Says:

    @Tor: GSS!

  17. GSS ex-noob Says:

    Another GSS for @Tor!

    @BC: Hence the need for “greasy kid stuff” in that era, followed by boys and men being extremely glad to grow their hair out far enough that cowlicks got weighted down.

  18. Emster Says:

    60 years later, their grandsons show the ol’ farts how it’s done:

    @ B. Chiclitz – Zardoz… there’s 1h 45min of my life I’m never getting back (however I was a teenager at the time of viewing, and wasting time WAS my specialty…)

  19. B. Chiclitz Says:

    @Emster—Zardoz, yeah, not much of a “story” there, but at least it has a giant floating stone head, Charlotte Rampling at her most appealing, and a hunky Sean Connery wearing a mankini!

  20. GSS ex-noob Says:

    Zardoz is considerably more interesting to look at than this. Sean, Charlotte, random special effects, orgy scenes, giant floating head — all much less dull than two boring boys and a rocket.

    Boys that age would probably like it better, too, if only for Charlotte.

  21. Dick Says:

    I see you lurking under that innocuous Tom Swift Junior ripoff, Jack Chalker. Nathan Brazil can return to being forgotten, along with your weird fetish fiction.

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