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Feb 13

Drill baby drill

Good Show Sir Comments: “Check out my paper airplane gun.”

Thanks to Ryan for sending this in!

Published 1977

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: 6.40 out of 10)
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11 Responses to “The Mercenary”

  1. Bruce A Munro Says:

    Somehow I get the impression they’re about to break into some sort of Busby Berkeleyesque dance number.

    (“Fascism: the musical’?) [1]

    [1] Oh wait, “The Producers” already did that…

  2. Francis Boyle Says:

    “Yes, of course I think seven-segment LED watches are absolutely still cool. Can I go now?”

  3. Bruce A Munro Says:

    @Francis Boyle: “Far out in the uncharted backwaters of the unfashionable end of the western spiral arm of the Galaxy lies a small unregarded yellow sun. Orbiting this at a distance of roughly ninety-two million miles is an utterly insignificant little blue green planet whose ape-descended life forms are so amazingly primitive that they still think digital watches are a pretty neat idea.” – Douglas Adams

  4. Francis Boyle Says:

    And HGTTG came out in 1978. Coincidence? Probably, but you can you prove DNA didn’t own this book.

  5. fred Says:

    Go shoot someone and turn that frown upside down.

  6. GSS ex-noob Says:

    For some reason, the first thing that popped into my head upon seeing the man’s pose was “I see a little silhouetto of a man/Scaramouche, Scaramouche, will you do the fandango?”

    And speaking of little, he’s got the paper airplane gun, and all the other chaps seem to have proper rifles.

    Next thought: is this drill going to be camp (you military fairy)?
    Why does manly fascist fashion always look so… swishy?

    The hip isn’t jaunty.

  7. fred Says:

    Now THIS is a proper mercenary.

    https://pangobooks.com/titles/they-call-me-the-mercenary

  8. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @fred: Agreed. Although if I were hiring a mercenary, I’d prefer one with binocular vision. Bit of a debuff to the stealth if you can’t see what’s coming from one side.

  9. Hammy Says:

    Am I seeing this correctly?

    The guy front-and-center (the Mercenary?) has a futuristic-looking wedge-shaped paper-airplane ray gun, and all the other troops are stuck with WWI long rifles?

    Damn defense budget cuts.

  10. Emster Says:

    Completely nerded out at the thought of a prequel (’77) to The Mote (’74) and Gripping Hand, fergot to attempt sassy comment.

    @Hammy: They all wanted airplane guns, but too much of the R&D budget was spent building one that did not disintegrate when fired, so they hadta make do.

  11. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @Emster: And everything in the blurb is stuff Jerry co-wrote with Larry.

    “The more-bombastic, less-talented half of the team who created the books you liked brings you… THIS!”

    (Seriously. I’ve told you guys before about seeing Larry rolling his eyes at Jerry’s macho bluster in the lead-up to Y2K.)

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