Jan 09

Every time I come here darling I can't help but think... How do people reach those buttons at the top!?!Click for full image

Frank Comments: Helmets for men only because we wouldn’t want to mess up the lady officers’ hair. And if we’re seeing the forward view, I hope they’re looking at the rear view mirror.
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: 6.22 out of 10)

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16 Responses to “The Road to the Rim / The Hard Way Up”

  1. Repton Says:

    I’m getting a lot of pareidolia from that space station.

  2. THX 1138 Says:

    You can tell by their expressions that there’s NOTHING FUNNY ABOUT THOSE TITLES AT ALL.

  3. SI Says:

    Best title combination… ever…

  4. Pat Says:

    Surely those titles were the result of a bet. “I bet you can’t get a reference to…”

  5. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    @Repton: you’d be smirking like that, too, if you tried to find the hard way up a Bertram Chandler!

    Or, you’d be trying to maintain your composure like that couple in the foreground.

    Love the mouse-over text!

  6. Phil Says:

    Well, it is panto season, so:


    I’ve always wanted to use this author as a quiz answer…

    Q. Who wrote THE ROAD TO THE RIM?
    A. Bertram Chandler.

    Works for multiple choice, too, as long as the answer is A.

  7. Phil Says:

    I’d like to see an ITV drama based on this book. Sponsored by Domestos. Or Toilet Duck.

  8. Alessandra Kelley Says:

    I suspect the helmet is there to hide that his head is considerably larger than hers.

  9. Joachim Says:

    At least there are female officers — science fiction (at least the early stuff) is notoriously bad in that regard…. But yes, the point is well-taken…

  10. fred Says:

    What is that crewman in the far lower left background doing?

  11. Jaouad Says:

    I think it’s forced perspective. The man is missing his left arm, but he’s actually standing ahead of the woman, so he looks bigger.

    Well, it works for movie hobbits, right?

  12. Anti-Sceptic Says:

    It’s captain Janeway and captain Jean Luc Picard (with his fancy “next generation” hat) together for the first time….on a mission that will be much more challenging than anything they faced in the past!

  13. RachelJ Says:

    Where’s the “Behind You!” tag?

  14. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    @RachelJ: it’s BEHIND YOU! And it’s wearing a funny hat. 🙂

  15. anon Says:

    While trying to neutralize the threat of R-Ver, the child of V-Ger, Janeway has to deal with a family crisis involving her special-needs brother, Captain Lampshade.

  16. A.R.Yngve Says:

    Sequels were:
    They were banned in 26 countries for the titles alone.

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