Jul 24

Don't look now... there is a turtle flashing us...Click for full image

Ian Comments:No bull, this is a great cover. The Turtles are probably teenagers and have ninja skills.
Published 1991

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: 6.96 out of 10)

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28 Responses to “The Singers of Time”

  1. David Cowie Says:

    Ten foot two, eyes of blue …
    The back cover features more turtle men, a yellow bus, and, in the distance, what seems to been an orbital elevator.
    It’s far enough into the future that we have orbital elevators and alien invasions, but bus designs have not moved on since about 1975
    It’s the world of the turtle men, and a technological version of convergent evolution means that they have independently arrived at the same bus designs as we have.

  2. THX 1138 Says:

    “I’ll bet you’re sorry you ever mentioned Bring Your Daughter to Work Day now, aren’t you?”

  3. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    A rather delightful little review that establishes the cover has some passing similarity to the contents. Doesn’t make the art even a bit less horrid.

  4. Adam Roberts Says:

    Lady Gag’s new bull-themed codpiece certainly raised eyebrows.

  5. Yoss Says:

    Nice review link, Dead Stuff. I enjoyed the review of SimEarth that followed too! I remember making some sad-faced planets in my day.

  6. Joachim Says:

    I’m not going to lie — I like the weird turtle owls on the back cover!

  7. DaveM Says:

    Am I the only one who looked at the bus on the back cover and exclaimed “The 200!”?

    Sigh, I am aren’t I?

  8. fred Says:

    Gamera! Gamera!
    Gamera is really neat.
    Gamera is filled with meat.
    We’ve been eating Gamera!

  9. Anti-Sceptic Says:

    All hail the great flying turtle! Give me all your eggs…

  10. Jerk of all Trades Says:

    Bat-Tortoise, Defender of the Night!

  11. Tom Noir Says:

    So which one of these, uh, folks is going to be doing the singing?

  12. Rachel J Says:

    @Tom Noir. All of them, surely. It’s “Singers of Time”, not “Singer of Time”.

  13. Hep C Says:

    Well, the conductor in the back is doing his best, but it looks those two are not really willing to sing. Quite understandable actually, since the bull appears to have some serious case of cataract or glaucoma.

  14. Annexian Says:

    I actually read this. And the cover is believe it or not spot on…

    It’s essentially a sci-fi adventure updated to Stephen Hawking’s physics.

  15. Phil Says:

    Ol’ blue eyes is back.

  16. Tat Wood Says:

    Jon Pertwee persuaded the Sea Devils to give up their string vests and adopt his habit of posing as Jesus in a big cloak.

  17. GSS noob Says:

    @DSWBT: Did you notice that review was by The Notorious OSC? And funny how he’s now doing (in collaborations) the exact same thing he decried in it, as you can see on the front page (which has stuff going back several years and yet doesn’t mention the Ender’s Game movie…hmmm…).

    This cover somehow goes past Good Show, Sir! into Kinda Neat.

  18. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    @GSS locutor: I had not noticed the author. Nice catch!

    With all due respect to my colleagues, I still wouldn’t be seen reading this book on the bus. I find the colours garish, the poses static and the placement of the figures quite jumbled. There’s no sense of mystery or intrigue to draw me in. Different strokes for different folks and all that.

  19. GSS noob Says:

    Of course, what you want your fellow bus-riders to think is dependent upon the person and indeed the bus.

    On the school bus, you definitely don’t want to be seen reading anything out of the norm, lest taunting ensue. On public buses through dodgy areas of town, looking crazy keeps away the actual crazies and sometimes means no one will sit next to you, which is nice.

    When I was a Nubile Noob, I endeavored to look as odd as possible on public transportation to fend off harassment, manspreading, and persons of inadequate hygiene or excess baggage (literal and metaphorical).

    That said, this sucker is very garish and flat. Rendered in more subtle colors and better shading, it might have been keen.

    @DSWBT: I presume you were addressing me in Latin, not Spanish? 🙂 Luckily I savvy both to an extent.

  20. fred Says:

    A Ramones singing time cover for a singers of time cover. No flying turtle people were harmed in the making of this video.

  21. Tor Mented Says:

    @fred: Needs more cowbell.

  22. Tor Mented Says:

    Then there’s this.

  23. fred Says:

    @Tor – Turtle on the far right, behind the singer in close ups, has him some hair worthy of a GSS cover.

  24. Tat Wood Says:

    The Singers of ‘Time’ are off-stage, in a sound-proof booth
    ‘Some people run, some people crawl’, Most just sat and laughed.

  25. GSS ex-noob Says:

    “The Singers of Time”. Was that one of those album sets that Time-Life Books sold on late night informercials?

    Or this classic:

    If you had two copies of the book, there’s this:

  26. Bruce A Munro Says:

    “And Gamera created Turtle in His image.”

    @fred 2012: “And Gamera said: eat of this Guiron, for it is my body.”

  27. GSS ex-noob Says:

    Ways you can tell the era this was published in: on the back cover, the man’s wearing a fanny pack/bum bag. To carry turtle snacks in?

    I’m somewhat surprised it took us till the flashback a decade later to get the obvious songs in.

    Which means I must now reference:

  28. Tor Mented Says:

    @Fred: Geez, you’re right about the hair on that Turtle. And it’s so carefully done that it has to be that way on purpose.

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