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Published 1951

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: 4.14 out of 10)

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27 Responses to “The City in the Sea”

  1. GSS ex-noob Says:

    I knew Bob Tucker pretty well back in the 80s, and he wouldn’t have noticed the dude’s weird pecs at all. Haven’t read this one, but I wouldn’t be surprised if the ladies’ costumes are dead-on. He wasn’t creepy about it, unlike so many others of his era, which is why I liked him. That and he shared his liquor with us all. Funny too.

  2. Bruce A Munro Says:

    “Hold on, girls. I sense eyes on us. Mocking, rolling eyes.”

  3. Leak Says:

    Pictured: “The Lake In the Desert”

    Not pictured: “The City in the Sea”

  4. fred Says:

    If they go into combat wearing that footwear they may as well go total Raven-Sword Mistress of Chaos stiletto heels.

  5. Francis Boyle Says:

    Isn’t that technically underboob rather than cleavage? Gotta keep the tags accurate. Or maybe we could just go with “costumes that make freakin’ sense”.

  6. Tat Wood Says:

    On my command, flash and distract the sentries.

  7. fred Says:

    Well, this sounds interesting.

  8. B. Chiclitz Says:

    It’s not all roses in the City in the Sea . . .

    “Hey, why is her shield big enough to protect both her hanging boobs while mine can only protect one? Doesn’t seem fair. And why does she get to wear the only helmet we own? And who told him he looks cool standing bare-chested like that? Who’d want to look at his boobs anyway (that is, among the target audience for this cover), when ours are on such provocative display?”

  9. Leak Says:

    @Francis Boyle: maybe “undercleavage”?

  10. Bruce A Munro Says:

    @Leak: well, according to the plot info at @fred’s link they’re going inland: a lake in the desert may be the best they can come up with (Hmm. Perhaps it’s the great salt lake and the city is a Mormon fortress of doom. They do tend to crop up in post-apocalyptic Americas)

  11. Tat Wood Says:

    @Fred: so this is a book that excites fans of Franz Kafka, Agatha Christie and Spike Milligan? I’m in.

    (But talking about oddly-dressed Atlantean women, I am legally obliged to show you this: – how is the one sat by the anchor fanning herself under water? That must take wrists of steel)

  12. fred Says:

    ,@Tat – That’s mighty impressive wire fu and for some reason I’m craving a metal version of that music.

  13. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @BC: The link from @fred leads me to believe the helmeted one is Captain Zee, their leader. They’re low-tech so helmets are probably scarce. I approve of their sensible shoes, good for covering trackless wastes.

    @Tat: Mesmerizing. Extra-impressive on a 60s Doctor Who budget. But then you are the expert on this topic. One of those little oddities you don’t see on English-language TV any more. GSS to those long-ago dancers and tech guys.

    @Bruce: The back cover does say they’re heading west. And if anywhere, SLC would be most likely to turn into an overly-controlled enclave/fortress of doom. Last time I went through there, my friend and I noted how clean and spacious it was — no litter or cutter, lots of open space and trees (with the temple looming over it all) but after a while, it felt fake and oppressive. We had flashbacks of all the artificial environments we’d read about/seen in SF. It was like Logan’s Run (movie) minus the dome. Or a sinister Disneyland, but without the cute decor and fun rides. “You VILL haf fun or pretend to, und clean up!”

    The lake itself is already dangerous now; it’s drying up and all the toxic sediment (mercury, arsenic) is being exposed and the wind is carrying that over the city and suburbs.

    Still has Sea Monkeys, though. Hey! Maybe they have the City in the Lake! Mutant brine shrimp in their post-apocalyptic home.

  14. Tat Wood Says:

    @Fred (12): I can’t immediately oblige you but fast forward to 7.55 on this and there’s a piano transcription with the score on screen.

  15. Bruce A Munro Says:

    @Tat Wood: delightfully weird early Who-nes. Does the complete episode still exist or only fragments?

  16. Tat Wood Says:

    “The Underwater Menace” was in four episodes; Episode Three (the source of that clip and the most bonkers cliffhanger of the decade ) was saved for the nation, for some reason, and Episode Two came back about twelve years ago.

    Last November, as the BBC was trying to get us excited about David Tennant being dragged out of retirement, there was an animated guess of the other episodes that managed to look cheaper and, for reasons known only to themselves, they remade the two existing episodes in colour with less-good movement. So by now that (with the real episodes as a bonus feature) will be in second-hand shops next to the half-baked 2013 DVD release.

    The director, Julia Smith, later insitgated ‘EastEnders’. Most 60s Who punches above its weight but the mismatch between ambition and facilities here is downright quixotic.

  17. Ryan Says:

    So this book is the Complete and Unabridged story of some folks whose outfits are both somewhat incomplete and significantly abridged.

  18. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @Tat: So we can continue watching this on YouTube. I have never been fond of the cheapo animation reconstructions, they look to be done on a lower budget than Hartnell had. I almost non-ironically love that cliffhanger! It goes beyond bad all the way into campy fun.

    @Ryan: GSS!

  19. Bruce A Munro Says:

    @Ryan: GSS!

  20. MelMc Says:

    He’s looking a little red and rashy in the stomach area. I hope one of the clone-girls packed sunblock. Or at the very least remembers where he left his shirt.

  21. Verylatetotheparty Says:

    It must be quite a low-gravity planet, or we’d be needing space sheep on this.

  22. JJYoyo Says:

    @VLTTP: Alternatively, a planet with a dense enough atmosphere (say Venus, hence the stylish-ish Amazonian soldiers, I guess) would have air pressure that would provide , ahem, sufficient lift. Am I right ? Any physicists care to correct me? Venusian acid rain might also explain the outfits.
    And if they are set to conquer Earth, vait til day tries to conquer Mather Rassia! Day are not dressed for Generals January and February, and gold Mary Janes are not the most practical footwear for the raputitsa!

    I date myself (and probably perplex anyone not from North America or not over 50), but there used to be a commercial jungle for a canned tuna called “Chicken of the Sea” which made me think:

    Ask any mermaid you happen to see
    Where’s the best tailor?
    City in the Sea!

  23. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @JJYoyo: They’re Amazons. Physically and mentally superior in every way, and that includes the firmness of their boobs.

    As it’s set in America, I don’t think the atmosphere has changed much, nor the gravity. I’m not sure atmo has anything to do with supporting cleavage, at least not for air pressure of a sort humans can breathe. The background gals appear to have no shirts, so the amount of dumpling coverage seems to be by rank. Their queen probably is completely covered.

    Even in the post-apoc future, traipsing across the uncharted Midwest when that lightly clothed is probably not a good idea. Especially not people their color. General January won’t be kind to them either, nor General August.

    Charlie Tuna would be proud of you.

    @Tat: I see a few Doctor Who novels on the page @fred linked to as well. It’s all connected!

  24. Bruce A Munro Says:

    The most recent iteration of chicken of the sea ad:

    @GSS ex-noob: well, they’re descended from those who didn’t die in the (I think?) atomic war: perhaps they’re radiation resistant?

    Winter clothing presumably is being carried in the baggage train, which has to be there just out of shot: you don’t set off across thousands of miles of wilderness with just a spear and the clothes on your back: [1] these gals don’t even have backpacks.

    [1] Even Ozi the iceman had more stuff.

  25. GSS ex-noob Says:

    I was hoping there was a baggage train over that ridge. You need replacement spears/swords and shoes, along with spare capri pants and inadequate boob coverings.

    Dear Ghu, I hope the blacksmith has leather overalls! And that they have winter clothes for all of them.

  26. A. R. Yngve Says:

    Still, that’s not half as “out there” as what you can see at the Met Gala.
    (I think the fashion designers are stealing from these old skiffy covers!)

  27. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @ARY: True. It’s not ostentatious enough for the Met Gala. The trousers and sensible shoes would never cut it, and the cape would need to be big enough she’d need some warriors or the shirtless dude to carry it.

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