Jun 13

You can't Dis-arm him!

Emster comments: The Tech Dept warned if he lost one more prosthetic hand they’d tie a mitten string to the thumb and staple the other end to his elbow.

Published 1989

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: 5.50 out of 10)

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16 Responses to “Cold Steele”

  1. fred Says:

    You don’t want to be around when he activates the William Wallace.

  2. NomadUK Says:

    Kwai Chang Caine decides he’s had enough and is ready for a bit of the ultraviolence.

  3. Tor Mented Says:

    He’s armed with the firepower, and he has fired with the arm power.

  4. Francis Boyle Says:

    I don’t know how guns work but not as much as our UAI graduate doesn’t know how guns (or anything) work. Does the hand just attach to the front of the gun or is there a missing piece? Is there a quick release mechanism? Why would you carry a gun when you are a gun? So many questions.

  5. Tat Wood Says:

    Are the laser eyes for targetting? If so, one would be sufficient and the other eye could be used for seeing the results, perhaps.

    I’m impressed by his one-legged stance – obviously the recoil’s not so bad after all.

  6. Leak Says:

    Shortly thereafter the remains of his left arm suffered n-th degree burns due to insufficient cooling of what appears to be some kind of gatling gun that was haphazardly mounted directly on his stump…

  7. Steve S Says:

    Judging by his frayed right sleeve and the line on his right wrist. Maybe that arm connects directly to a chain saw.
    Wow, what a great idea. How come nobody’s ever thought of that, for a film or tv series?

  8. Ryan Says:

    Not what I was expecting when I heard this was a book about unarmed combat.

  9. Max Bathroom Says:

    @Steve S
    There was (fairly crap) British comic strip around a similar conceit during the ’80s.

  10. Tor Mented Says:


  11. GSS ex-noob Says:

    The expression on his face reads to me like “Oh shit!” (Maybe that’s where the fake hand is coming from?) Perhaps he has just realized what @Leak said?

    Is it a gun, a flamethrower, or just a propane torch/BBQ lighter?

    He’s not a patch on this 80s guy:

    That was a cool dude. One of the first anime series I ever saw all of. Twice, once in Japanese (no subtitles, just dittoed synopses) and once dubbed into English. And the movie, and the translated comics but not the 2000s series.

    @Tor: GSS!

  12. A. R. Yngve Says:

    “How did he die?”

    “He had attached a gun to his left wrist. Then he came to a door and started fumbling with the key. Before he could get the key into the lock, they had shot him.”

  13. fred Says:

    He keeps the same uniform and cover blurb through the 8 book series.

  14. JJYoyo Says:

    Zoolander’s follow up to his famous “Blue Steele” pose really knocked ‘em dead. Literally.

  15. Tat Wood Says:

    His left shoulder isn’t where a shoulder oughta be. It might be handy for giving himself a heart-massage but otherwise I don’t think the surgeons thought this through at all.

  16. GSS ex-noob Says:

    Holy moly, I looked up who actually wrote these and damn. The man’s capable of coming up with good SF and fun fantasy, but also of stuff to pay the bills.

    Many moons ago when he was still going by his birth name, he and I got very very drunk together at a con party and discussed (bitched about) the then woes of our love lives. Do NOT attempt to keep up while drinking with a depressed Russian.

    @Tat: Maybe the shoulder is part of the weapon? The combustion chamber? I can’t decide if the thing on his back is a jet pack, bazookas, or propane tanks.

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