Mar 23

Fabio, the younger years

Good Show Sir comments: Should be a scratch-n-sniff cover.

Thanks to Ryan for sending this in!

Published 1996

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: 6.25 out of 10)

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32 Responses to “Night Lamp”

  1. JJYoyo Says:

    Gulliver’s Flowers?

  2. The Blue Are Coming Says:

    If this is paradise, I wish I had a lawn mower.

  3. fred Says:

    Weissmuller’s Tarzan in one of the campiest Tarzan movies ever.

  4. NomadUK Says:

    Q, in yet another fabulous frock, prepares his latest ridiculous test for Picard.

  5. Max Bathroom Says:

    “I never wanted to be a Dark Lord! I wanted to be a florist!”

  6. Emster Says:

    “Night Lamp cover should be cause for mirth among the SF people.”
    – Ryan at the bookstore

  7. The Blue Are Coming Says:

    I’ll see that Nightlamp and raise you a Nightloop !

    (Shameless plug, I know)

  8. Francis Boyle Says:

    Lord Byron contemplates how it all went wrong. Hint: it was the mullet.

  9. JuanPaul Says:

    Steven Segall achieves nirvana

  10. Tor Mented Says:

    From his expression, you’d think there was a corpse flower in full bloom.

  11. The Blue Are Coming Says:


    Or durians.

    BTW…”corpse flower” is a direct translation from Indonesian (bunga bangket).

  12. B. Chiclitz Says:

    Too late did Lord Byron realize that the deadly corpse flower pollen was simultaneously shrinking the size of his head and increasing the length of his mullet.

  13. Bruce A Munro Says:

    To quote a better artist: “Full moons, empty head.”

  14. Tat Wood Says:

    I’m reasonably sure I submtted this cover around 2017 and made a half-baked joke about Bruce Sterling.

  15. Emster Says:

    @JP: During the hide-n-seek game, everyone started making noise and looking out from their hiding places so they could get caught and go home for dinner already. Steven Segal doesn’t get to be “it” anymore if he doesn’t start wearing his glasses.

  16. Tor Mented Says:

    @The Blue Are Coming:
    Interesting. I had never heard of durians or the bunga bangket name.
    Now that I’ve read up on durians, it make me curious about how I would react to their odor. And that creates a dilemma in my mind. Maybe I would find them disgusting, in which case it would be an unpleasant experience.
    But maybe I would be one of those who like the smell. In which case, other people would see me as someone who enjoys something they consider trash.
    Which is a pretty good description of a GSS fan.

  17. The Blue Are Coming Says:

    Durians smell a bit like compost with a texture somewhere between firm custard and cooked tofu. The flavor is a mild butter-sweetness, but the combination of smell and texture is what grosses out a lot of people.

    The stinky fruit is known as “rajahnya buah” (the king of fruit) in Indonesia. Yet the smell is so off-putting to tourists, some of the larger hotels won’t allow them on premises.

  18. Tor Mented Says:

    Yes. In my research, I was laughing that “No durians” signs are a real thing. With a picture of a durian in a red circle with a line through it.
    Have you smelled them? Or eaten one?

  19. The Blue Are Coming Says:

    Oh I’ve eaten a lot of them. A small Buddhist temple at the end of our driveway in Singapore sometimes sold Durians Even though it was about 100 meters from the apartment, we could tell it was Durian season from the front door.

    Singapore doesn’t allow Durian on it’s public transport. I was riding the 125 bus one day when an older ethnic Chinese woman tried to carry some on board. The ethnic Tamil driver was having none of it. She probably wound up taking a taxi.

    In addition to the fruit, one can find durian candies, ice cream, mooncakes, milkshakes, and even coffee. I’ve had them all.

  20. GSS ex-noob Says:

    I’m fond of durian candy and mooncakes. Gotta be processed. My local Chinese market sells them whole. NOT cut, as they’d scare off shoppers of all ethnicities. Pretty smelly up close anyway, even though not tree-ripe.

    I swear just looking at this cover is making my allergies act up. Steven Seagal can’t fight pollen.

    @Emster: “…among the faithful. The rest of are going to spend the next 15-20 years making fun of it.”

  21. MelMc Says:

    Bob, (who has been trying to nickname himself Byron without success) is about to start reading his own poetry, starting with that one he’s been “polishing” for twelve years. The one that he claims you’d understand if you REALLY listened to it this time. The stone head in the back obviously knows what is coming and is trying to stuff his ears.

  22. Tor Mented Says:

    @Blue: That’s so interesting. Thanks for posting.
    This is on my bucket list now.
    There’s some internet chatter that they might be available at a Korean food store not too far from where I am.

  23. Tor Mented Says:

    @MelMC: Or Bob’s expression might be the result of looking at me after he read it.

  24. Ryan Says:

    I own a copy of this book, and let me assure you that the contents of the story are completely and accurately depicted in this illustration.

    Also, ripe durian smells like someone wore a sock for three days straight. If you can get by the smell, the taste is…innocuous? At least in comparison to the smell. It is sort of smooth and creamy.

  25. The Blue Are Coming Says:

    The frozen-then-thawed durians one finds in US asian markets don’t quite have the funk of tree-ripe ones.

    About that Singaporean temple…the seller was called “Combat Durian”. I would say that’s coz once you brought the durians home, the fighting would start.

  26. Tat Wood Says:

    After the “wankh” incident, you’d think Vance would have thought twice about using London place-names in his book. With all the talk of pungent vegetable matter, this seems doubly appropriate

  27. The Blue Are Coming Says:

    What? Nobody got my Talking Heads reference in #2 😀

  28. Tat Wood Says:

    @The Blue: we got it. We got it.

  29. The Blue Are Coming Says:

    GSS @Tat 😀

  30. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @The Blue: For which we American shoppers are grateful. The things still have that smell, just you have to stand near them to get a whiff. But they always put them right next to the fruit I actually want to buy. Masks aren’t just for keeping germs out!

    I do not allow them in my beautiful house.

  31. Anti-Sceptic Says:

    “Night Lamp should be cause for rejoicing among the faithful.”…What about the unfaithful?

  32. The Blue Are Coming Says:

    @GSSxn – Hehe 🙂

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