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Jul 23

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Good Show Sir’s Art Direction: Many minds? He’s got many minds?! Well that means one thing which of course makes perfect sense. With more minds comes more… ummm… laser eyes! Science fact!
Published 1968

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: 7.84 out of 10)
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16 Responses to “Man of Many Minds”

  1. Phil Says:

    Man of many minds, without a single thought. In case your were wondering what he is looking at, just follow those solid lines coming out of his eyes.

    Not sure that I like those Xmas decorations behind him.

  2. THX 1138 Says:

    Sign up now for laser surgery on the go!

  3. SI Says:

    He may not be the best lecturer but when he points something out with his laser pointers… He really puts on a great show!

  4. Jaouad Says:

    Man of many minds? No wonder he’s wearing something which looks suspiciously like a straitjacket.

  5. Jon Says:

    Is there really any other way to vote for this one than a 9?

    “Gah…my eyes! They are burning!”

  6. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    I have linked to the Project Gutenberg eText, though I haven’t had the time to read it. The review says he can transfer his mind to animals. Based on the art, maybe also anti-gravity onions.

  7. Rachel J Says:

    Link on Project Gutenberg: http://www.gutenberg.org/files/19660/19660-h/19660-h.htm

    It seems the title character is a telepathic secret agent. I have yet to determine whether he in fact possesses laser-eyes, but I’m guessing the answer is “no”.

  8. fred Says:

    Abounding astounding alliterations. M’s making merry, E’s enhancing effect.

  9. Joachim Says:

    The same cover art was also used for Sturgeon’s The Synthetic Man… Not sure which title makes the cover worse….

    http://www.isfdb.org/cgi-bin/pl.cgi?269843

  10. Anti-Sceptic Says:

    So Doc, I have this problem….I can’t seem to get any sleep.

  11. A.R.Yngve Says:

    Typical “Promise Inferior Males a Daydream About Mental Powers” cover blurb, hmm? Rather bland copy, hmm?

    “In his brain was the power to rule the world,” yadda yadda.

    But apply the Universal Blurb Generator and you’ll spiff it up:

    “In his (1) was the power to (2) the (3)”

    In the numbered slots, use any of these alternatives:
    (1)
    – Brain
    – Gonads
    – Knee
    – Pinky finger
    – iPhone
    – Ear

    (2)
    – Rule
    – Destroy
    – Annoy
    – Shampoo, rinse and dry
    – Tickle furiously
    – Be ignored by

    (3)
    – World
    – Aliens from a suburb of Zorg
    – Excrement-flinging monkeys in the zoo
    – Girls who snubbed him in high school
    – Towering figure of his mother
    – Math teacher

  12. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    In his popliteal fossa was the power to eat the Alhambra! (thanks to my wife for the suggestions)

  13. Tom Noir Says:

    “This puny straitjacket can’t restrain me! Pew pew pew!”

  14. GSS noob Says:

    We had Christmas tree ornaments shaped like that back when I were a wee Noob; fairly sure they predated me by some years. They were in bright colors instead of shades of drab, of course, and we didn’t have a laser-eyed loony in front of the tree. Not even during cocktail parties.

  15. A.R.Yngve Says:

    Did you know? The pop-culture trope “beams shooting out of the eyes” (and Superman’s X-ray vision) may originate from the pre-scientific notion that sight was a kind of “beam” going out of the eyes (instead of the other way around):
    http://web.stanford.edu/class/history13/earlysciencelab/body/eyespages/eye.html

    There is much we can learn from picking through our culture’s trash.

  16. B. Chiclitz Says:

    Glad to see that crushed velour is still going strong as a fashion choice in the future.
    In fact, I think these are the boots he’s wearing.

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