May 31

Dear gender inclusive Sirs,

It is with heavy heart that I must tell you today’s broadcast has been interrupted by unforseen circumstances affecting the ferret-powered / ferret-eaten Good Show Sir server.

Either that or we’ve been accosted by the masses of IO9 / BoingBoing / MeFi / Reddit, incensed that such an obviously amateur and inadequately snark-filled operation cannot scale up in time to support a substantial increase in traffic. Sorry!

In addition, GSS Admin, who is currently in foreign lands, had to “run off to an early meeting and then get thrown out of a hotel,” taking the keys to the GSS email account with him. Ominous.

So all I have for you is this blank post draft I found, entitled “Encounter.” The suspects:

ISFDB: Encounter by J. Hunter Holly, Avalon Books 1959, illustrated by Emsh
ISFDB: Encounter by J. Hunter Holly, Monarch Books 1962, illustrated by Jack Schoenherr

Have at it, and have a jolly weekend!

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: 8.14 out of 10)

15 Responses to “Encounter”

  1. The Tag Wizard Says:

    Live links appended below! That’s how broken the server is! 🙂
    ISFDB: Encounter by J. Hunter Holly, Avalon Books 1959, illustrated by Emsh
    ISFDB: Encounter by J. Hunter Holly, Monarch Books 1962, illustrated by Jack Schoenherr

  2. Bibliomancer Says:

    Your second link was broken. Here is a fix;

    You guys better cash in and sell the Good Show Sir website to Yahoo or Huffington Post before the word gets out on your shaky management and flawed business model.

  3. Tom Hering Says:

    In the first cover, by Emsh, the whiz-by saucer is filling the man’s head with brains. In the second cover, by Schoenherr, it’s clear that all the transplants have failed to take, leaving him without the upper half of his head. Not that this stops him, or any other man, from staring at a hot babe.

  4. Kripslod Says:

    Dear, TW

    Sorry to see you share the same computer mishaps that we often experience at our office.

    Some possible causes to look into:
    Sharing server space with organizations currently under inspection by the security services. / The ferret finally caught the hamster. / The primary capstan drive solenoid is out of sync with the stack drive rectifier diode – try kicking the power supply (real hard) – twice!

    Also, sorry to hear that GSS Admin is enduring travel-time difficulties. Pray tell, what embassy is he/she currently holed up in?

    If GSS Admin is anything like our Mr. Kenny, then try the following to get into e-mail account:
    Log In (ROOT) / Password (User)
    Log in (Mr Baen) / Password (IHAVETHEPOWER)

    Hope these suggestions help. Time to get back to work (boss out of office today) I have a wonder to build and resources don’t gather themselves.

    Your obedient servant,
    Citizen Kripslod.

  5. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    Is his brain on fire?

  6. Anti-Sceptic Says:

    Brains, brains, brains, brains, brains….Face!

  7. fred Says:

    Second cover needs some Enrico Morricone background music to go with that pre-Leone style close-up.

  8. FeařofMusıç Says:

    Cover#1: (Emsh) Gonna be kind of hard to take over the world when you can be incapacitated by a well placed toothpick.

    Cover#2: (Schoenherr) Glowing green eyes, soooo evil! Oooh! What world is he conquoring, the Planet of The Incredibly Tiny Babes? What is he thinking, ‘If only you weren’t 1/124 scale, why I could..”

    Like that both have the Space Invaders flying saucer on them. Give me a quarter, and this invasion is done.

  9. Phil Says:

    Even without clicking on the links I am guessing a cat person, a T Rex wearing clothes, a shiny sword, and an evil child. Oh, and the cat person is partially obscured by the smirking face of C.S.Lewis.

  10. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:


  11. Phil Says:

    @Dead Stuff: just click randomly on any cover listed on the right of the screen, and there’s a 87.2% chance you will find it.

  12. The Tag Wizard Says:

    Lies! We don’t have any dinosaurs wearing clothes here.

    Well, apart from one or two.

  13. Phil Says:

    Oh yes we do:

    And the all-time classic:
    (They may call him a dragon, but he’s a dinosaur, he really is.)

  14. Jerk of all Trades Says:

    #1 – An army of aliens, who all have something resembling grandma’s wrinkly backside where their craniums should be, is coming to conquer Earth!

  15. Tom Noir Says:

    Last time I went to get my haircut and they asked me what style I wanted, I said “Brain hair.”

    They didn’t know what I was talking about. Next time I’ll just bring in a copy of the first cover.

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