Jan 17

T18th Century Typography

Good Show Sir comments: Voyage to the Bottom of the Slush Pile

Published 1956

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: 7.90 out of 10)

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19 Responses to “21st Century Sub”

  1. Max Bathroom Says:

    So presumably he’s the Dom and the 21st century Sub is on the end of that line he’s pulling in?

  2. JJYoyo Says:

    Half submarine, half Batmobile. 21st century schizoid sub.

  3. fred Says:

    Amazingly the first hard cover edition of Dune didn’t have the blurb “By the writer of ’21st Century Sub’ ” on the front cover.

  4. Daard23 Says:

    One of the more obscure songs on the King Crimson album “Waiting in Neptune’s lobby”.

  5. Bruce Alexander Munro Says:

    @Max Bathroom: GSS! The erotic adventures of a man and his sub?

    Title: oops! I said the boring part loud, and the cool bit quiet.

    Definitely a 1950s sub: just look at those tail fins.

  6. GSS ex-noob Says:

    I agree with the tags: Dude isn’t in a wetsuit and flippers, he’s an actual frogman.

    Why do his hands have their own bubble helmets? Why is the sub both underwater and yet clearly visible?

    I was trying to figure out who to award a GSS to, and quickly realized: everyone!

    @Max: Is this what they mean by “Voyage to the ‘Bottom’ of the Sea”?*

    @Bruce: Why they changed a mildly interesting title to a boring one that sounds like a non-fiction report by the Navy is puzzling.

    *The Golden Age of Science Fiction is twelve. So is the age of GSS’ers.

  7. Bruce Alexander Munro Says:

    @GSS ex-noob: “Oh wait, he should be wearing gloves, shouldn’t he? Eh, I’ll just do a quick fix: those beers are calling.”

    It was originally serialized as “Under Pressure”, which I think is still better than “21st Century Sub”

    (He’s also got a separate bubble – with no apparent connection to an oxygen system – over his lower face. Maybe it filters CO2 out and oxygen in the seawater in through the power of SCIENCE.)

  8. JuanPaul Says:

    Just keep repeating the litany against sea farers

  9. Tracy Says:

    Hallelujah to starting the new year with an indisputable 10!

    In a forum I frequent we were discussing AI taking the illustration jobs from human artists. I pointed out that because of covers like this one, it would actually be an improvement. OTOH, the scuba diver’s ridiculously undersized head — which apparently is on backwards — could never be recreated by any mere AI.

    And is that fancy sub coming or going? I think it’s going because of the fin and where the radar is pointing, but there seems to be a rudder on that end.

  10. Longtime_Lurker Says:

    Bruce @5: And then published (in the UK at least) as The Dragon in the Sea. I remember it as a really first-class techno-thriller. But the cover is a travesty.

  11. Tat Wood Says:

    What is that wrought-iron contraption in his right hand? A traffic-light?

    And is it just me or does the artist’s signature look like ‘Hot Snooman’?

  12. Max Bathroom Says:

    @Tat Wood
    I think what he’s holding in his right hand looks rather like some sort of flogger, which ties in with my D/s theory about the book’s title…

  13. A. R. Yngve Says:

    Batteries not included.

  14. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @Bruce: That title is also a classic rock song (which I heard the day after this was posted).

    @Tat: “Hot Snooman” sounds like something the Swedish Chef would say.

    @Max: I really think the D/s angle is correct. Who’s to say if that’s a wetsuit or simply fetish wear?

  15. Emster Says:

    Dear Avon Publishers,
    Your cover is a bit of a ding-dong.

    (Okay, I’m a bit rusty on the quips, gimme a couple more covers and I should be back to my nerdy sarcastic self)

  16. JJYoyo Says:

    @Daard23: with even more obscure lyrics:

    Frog foot, iron sub
    Goodshowsurgeons spot the flub
    Snark n sarcasm, that’s the rub
    21st century schizoid triphibian batmobile thing. Or something.

    Fun fact: Elton John nearly provided vocals on *In the Wake of Poseidon*

  17. Hammy Says:

    Wait a mo’…

    How’s fish-guy stabbing what looks like a periscope he’s looking into while standing on a white surface that kinda appears to be a dock of some sort?

    The 21st Century Sub (not to be confused with 20th Century Fox) is *over there*, Mr. I-Don’t-Have-A-Haddock-I-AM-A-Haddock…..

  18. Max Bathroom Says:

    Adds a whole new twist on the idea of “topping from the bottom”, doesn’t it?

  19. A. R. Yngve Says:

    Kevin McCarthy’s long-awaited, shocking tell-all about working under Trump

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