Aug 03


Good Show Sir Comments: The Ring of Ting!

Thanks to Ryan for sending this in!

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: 5.11 out of 10)

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13 Responses to “The Ring”

  1. Bruce A Munro Says:

    Stop looking at the bling ring and – to coin a tag – look in front of you!

    (Eh, I shouldn’t worry, he’ll probably be fine. I foresee a Warner Brothers type sequence in which he drives along girders, rooftops, bridge cables, the tops of trains, etc., while too distracted by the Shiny to pay attention to where he’s going, constantly narrowly and improbably avoiding death, while various people chasing after him suffer _hilarious_ and disastrous wrecks.)

  2. fred Says:

    It’s the future. If you don’t want someone going where they shouldn’t, use a killer robot instead of a wooden barricade.

  3. Max Bathroom Says:

    Why did I think that buying a motorcycle would make me look like a badass?

  4. Francis Boyle Says:


    The killer robots are busy floating just off-cover holding up the ends of the once-was safety barrier. (They had to use the killer robots for the job because ordinary robots don’t have anti-gravity.) And they’ve just turned to give the viewer a pair of cheesy grins.

    And that’s the most plausible explanation I can think of for whatever’s going on here.

  5. Tat Wood Says:

    after the success of the Sinclair C5, Sir Clive decided to re-invent the unicyle.

  6. Ryan Says:

    As a young man/Vulcan, Spock was a thrill-seeker, always looking for situations that truly were illogical.

  7. B. Chiclitz Says:

    “The Classic SF Adventure of Nightmare Justice—Giant Orange Ass-Clown on Trial!”

  8. Tor Mented Says:

    @Bruce: I like the Warner Bros. idea. There should be a sequence where he drives off into thin air but is fine until he looks down and realizes what he has done.
    Then he looks right at us and waves bye-bye. Zip.

  9. GSS ex-noob Says:

    Unicycles are notoriously unstable. I can’t see that powered ones are going to be any less so — possibly even worse. No matter how much Ting! is applied.

    Appropriately, I note that the hero’s surname is… Font.

    “Classic”. I do not think that word means what they think it means. I’ve been in organized (add air quotes) fandom for 40 years and this is literally the first time I’ve ever heard of it.

    @Bruce, @Tor: GSS! I’m also down with the WB toon idea. Complete with little puff of dust as he lands hundreds of stories below. Possibly accompanied by “Yakety Sax”.

  10. Emster Says:

    It’s the future. The letter “N” is the biggest, most important letter in the alpha-centauri-bet.

    @Bruce, @Tor, @GSS x-n: aaaaaand my brain went here:

  11. Bruce A Munro Says:

    @Emster: heh! I didn’t recall they had an SF episode.

  12. Tor Mented Says:

    Wow, Emster, you nailed them all.
    Would-be rescuer gets hurt, check
    Walking on thin air, check.
    Distant puff of dust hundreds of feet down, check.

  13. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @Emster: I remembered that when I saw the first few seconds. Indeed, a throwback to the classics. And probably more entertaining than this book.

    ACME unicycle pods.

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