Nov 18

Nice robot buttocks! Click for full image

Sophy Comments: nice to think that in the distant future, dial telephones will make a comeback.
Published 1977

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: 5.10 out of 10)

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19 Responses to “Decade – The 1940s”

  1. Tat Wood Says:

    I keep expecting Crystal Tipps and Alistair to bound in with a clarinet-and-harpsichord soundtrack.

  2. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    @TW: the 40s? A theremin, natch.

    Are those Leyden jars at right?

  3. THX 1138 Says:

    “Just cleaning out the garage, looking for my right arm…”

  4. SI Says:

    “It was the first day of robot university and Bob was strolling into class with style.”

  5. Bibliomancer Says:

    In the future, elbow replacement surgery is neatly accomplished using old cue balls.

  6. fred Says:

    Looks like a Dr Who Cybermen ep minus Xmas.

  7. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:


    “Hey, who’s that fine-looking lady over there?”

    “That’s no lady, that’s my transistor!”

    (OK, I’m off by a decade, give me a break.)

  8. Adam Roberts Says:

    I didn’t realise one could use ‘decade’ there as a verb in the imperative voice. A bit like ‘Decant!’

  9. B. Chiclitz Says:

    @Adam Roberts—thanks for making a grammatical point. I want to piggyback and complain that I hate those intrusive apostrophes people always automatically attach to decade references. “1940s” will do fine. Of course, apostrophe or not, it’s still a silly title. I apologize, dear GSS friends, for the pedantry. Back to glorious stuff and nonsense: it’s good to see that rotary phones, although somewhat larger and more complicated, will make a comeback in the future.

  10. B. Chiclitz Says:

    Sorry about the phone reference. Hadn’t read the topmost blurb from @Sophy. Inadvertent plagiarism!

  11. A.R.Yngve Says:

    The earliest fan costume shows during 1940s SF conventions were decidedly technology-oriented.

  12. FêaröfMúsic Says:

    Daaaaayyy….kaaaaahhhhd…ay. Huh. Daaay…cod…any. Yeah. Day-cod-ay. Wot’s that? Course it’s French, how else could it make sense. Not French. That’s just stupid, in it? Yobbo.

  13. anon Says:

    @Adam, @Fearofmusic Must be a typo. “Decode the 1940’s”, “Decede the 1940’s”, …
    I guess it still doesn’t make much sense.

  14. Anna T. Says:

    I wonder if perhaps the title means that all the stories in the book are either SET in the 40’s, or were originally published then.

    And @fred, that guy does NOT look like a Cyberman to me. In particular he doesn’t have handles sticking out of his head. Your grasp of technology troubles me.

  15. A.R.Yngve Says:

    “In the future year 1972, all modern homes are furnished with these automatic appliances and household robots. Housewives of the future can relax by the radio and listen to Amos & Andy!”

  16. Tat Wood Says:

    @Anna T.: This is what the ‘Earthshock’ Cybermen look like when they remove their 80s-style jump-suits and cricket-gloves. There’s definitely plumbing around the ears although it’s hard to see in profile.

  17. Bruce A Munro Says:

    Has a vaguely Monty Python collage-art look to it.

  18. Francis Boyle Says:

    When holodecks go wrong. A topic which sadly had to wait till the late 80s to be fully explored.

  19. Tat Wood Says:

    Even if ‘decade’ is a verb and ‘the 1940’ is the serial-model of this prototype Cyberman, what of 1940’s is being decaded?

    And I stand by my first comment nearly six years ago – this cover couldn’t look more mid-70s BBC children’s television if it had bad CSO and Johnny Ball dressed up as Pythagoras.

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