Aug 04


SteveAsat Comments: I can overlook an Apple II case with a Commodore PET monitor being used to visually indicate “hey kids, computers!” And the Escheresque architecture suggesting a suburban three-bedroom rendered in granite. But how the hell did that cat get up there and why isn’t he sliding off?!
Published 1980

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: 6.97 out of 10)

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23 Responses to “Thrice Upon a Time”

  1. MisterBoB Says:

    Isn’t that Uri Geller ?

  2. Smith Says:

    If ever there was a man caught looking at “specialist” websites, its this guy.

  3. Adam Roberts Says:

    “To save the future they must change the past — and lose the present”

    The 1985-model computer was a present? Definitely they should lose it.

  4. THX 1138 Says:

    You would have thought that by the second upon a time we’d all have the idea. But no, they had to go thrice.

  5. Claire Says:

    I think the cat is trying to get away from the miniature dog perched on top of his head.

  6. Mike G. Says:

    Agree about the cover.

    It’s a pretty decent book, though – “near future SF” at the time it was written, which puts it in our past now if I remember right. It’s been a while since I read it.

  7. Craig T Says:

    Have you never owned a cat? Finding a cat somewhere it shouldn’t be able to get to is par for the course.

  8. Craig T Says:

    Is that another cat on the bannister?

  9. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    “The mouse…where did the mouse go off to?”

  10. Jon Says:

    4 8 15 16 23 42

  11. SI Says:

    Evil Lord: All you have to do to save the world is use that computer.

    Man: EASY! I’ll just…. HEY…. where’s my graphical interface?


  12. fred Says:

    That armor has some wacky proportions and why did Bruce Campbell pose for this cover?

  13. A.R.Yngve Says:

    “An exciting new novel by James P. Hogan”…
    Dazzling copy from the wizards of the Marketing Department! And don’t say publishers don’t work themselves to the bone for authors!

  14. Anthony Breaux Says:

    Maxwell’s (the cat) ability to show up in unexpected places was a plot point.

  15. KW Says:

    Considering the novel was published in 1980, that was about how computers looked then. I used to own a copy of that paperback, bought in the mid 80’s, and never had a problem with the image.

  16. ppenguinator Says:

    Cats have really good balance. It could stay up there if it wanted.

  17. Harry Says:

    Blame the author: the protagonist, shown in cover actually looking like the description, worked in his grandfather’s Scottish castle. And the cat, Maxwell, really could have gotten up there. IIRC there’s a scene where he gets caught inside that armor.

  18. A.R.Yngve Says:

    “George!! Are you down there drawing dirty pictures with ASCII signs again?”
    “No, Mom!! I’m just doing my BASIC homework, honest!”

  19. Rev Says:

    soo..let me get this straight. To save the future I must lose the present in the past to get back to the future? Who is the present for? Why are there cats? Are the cats the present? I have to lose cats? In the future? Can’t we just say that I’ll do it later and leave it at that?

  20. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    ‘Yep, that’s me. You’re probably wondering how I ended up in this situation…’

  21. GSS ex-noob Says:

    Did this time predicament leave him with someone else’s hands? They look the wrong size and from someone decades older. Maybe he had to swap hands with his future self.

  22. classicOz Says:

    At the end of the book they are specifically asked to add a 100Mb hard drive for a big message to come from the future, which appears a bit more advanced than the model shown could cope with.
    Considering the artist seems to have some skill, why do the proportions of everything seem so wrong?

  23. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    BEEP • WHO • EVER • SMELT • IT • DEALT • IT eof

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