Oct 02

Nope... we preferred it when Mary Poppins was our nanny...Click for full image

Good Show Sir Comments: That’s the last time I buy cheap toilet roll from the pound store! *crowds reaction*
Published 1977 (maybe)

Many thanks to Sophy!

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: 6.05 out of 10)

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17 Responses to “The Road to Science Fiction: From Gilgamesh to Wells”

  1. Adam Roberts Says:

    If that’s a smiley, his head’s on sideways.

  2. space_merchants Says:

    RT @GoodShowSir: New Book Cover: The Road to Science Fiction – From Gilgamesh to Wells

  3. Tat Wood Says:

    Rene needs to have his brolly open but pointing down because it’ll rain upwards: hence The Beat’s classic ‘Stand Down Magritte’

  4. THX 1138 Says:

    Come on, this wallpaper won’t put up itself – oh, maybe it will.

  5. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    Yellow ribbon: remember our troops
    Pink ribbon: fight breast cancer
    White ribbon double: the floor is the ceiling

  6. Bibliomancer Says:

    As I recall, this was the least popular of the Bob Hope / Bing Crosby Road movies.

  7. Tat Wood Says:

    @Bibliomancer: it’s gotta be better than ‘Road to Utopia’.
    (Actually, no: ‘Road to Hong Kong’ is embarrassing for a lot of other reasons).

  8. Bibliomancer Says:

    @Tat Wood — I think Road to Perdition was the worst. Hardly any laughs at all. What were Hope and Crosby thinking?

  9. Phil Says:

    Ceci n’est pas un livre de poche.

    I have this book, and it’s pretty good. The cover has never offended me. Magritte, on the other hand, may be turning in his grave.

  10. David Cowie Says:

    Turning in his grave, and thinking “Where can I get a good copyright lawyer in this place?”

  11. fred Says:

    I guess the road disappeared after Wells when we all got our flying cars.

  12. dpn Says:

    Nothing says “Science Fiction” like bricks, clouds, and umbrellas.

  13. Lionrock Says:

    The Roots of modern science fiction?


    Or maybe bricks.

    Or possibly a lot of pharmaceuticals.

  14. FearöfMusïc Says:

    @Bibliomancer: No laughs in ‘Road to Perdition’? Truly sir, where is your sense of humor? What hen Crosby’s hitman for the Irish mob encounters Hope’s photographer/free lance hitman in the roadside diner, why, I laughed til I cried! What hilarity!

  15. FearöfMusïc Says:

    And might I say it’s good to see someone including the bronze-age of SF, instead of just going with the old cliche of the ‘Golden Age’, About time someone showed some love for Sumerian SF And hey, nonone could do dystopian urban fantasy like the Babylonians.

  16. B. Chiclitz Says:

    @Bibliomancer et al—I think the reason all of the Road movies mentioned fail to make the grade is that by then Dorothy Lamour had jumped ship, as it were, abandoned Hope and Crosby, and signed up for a whole different approach to the Road genre.

  17. A.R.Yngve Says:

    Shouldn’t the title be “A History of Psychedelic Drugs”?

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