Jul 21

I'll take it! It comes... with the mannequin... right?Click for full image

Chris Comments: Thought this might be of interest…
Published 1984

You might remember this from here!

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: 7.44 out of 10)

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22 Responses to “The Space Merchants”

  1. Adam Roberts Says:

    Pohlekornbluth. One of my favourite authors, he was. Jacob Algernon Pohlekornbluth.

  2. GSS Admin Says:

    What a post you might say! That’s right… but I have to admit there has been a lack of movement on the website fixing. I fully expect it to break sometime this week again. But while I can post… why not!

    I’m going to fix this, once all your cheques clear… I mean soon.

  3. Adam Roberts Says:

    “… and this piece is called ‘Mo Farrah Wearing A Bra, Angry Because His Arms Have Been Chopped Off’. It’s by Anthony Gormley.”

  4. TearyEnnui Says:

    “And that’s how Peter Goodfellow got banned from M&S Northampton…”

  5. THX 1138 Says:

    “Mrs Slocombe, are you free – in the year 3000?!”

  6. Phil Says:

    I thought the bra was your new high-tech replacement for space sheep/CS Lewis. Imagine my surprise when I clicked on the image, and the bra remained in place. Go on, imagine it!

  7. lilac Says:

    Man, I’m depressed that in the future the same horrible pale pink shiny bra is still around.

  8. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    She grew up so quickly!

  9. Tat Wood Says:

    The riddle of how she managed to put it on distracts us from the bigger conundrum of what the other things on plinths are. Between the ‘L’ in ‘Pohl’ and the ampersand is a Venus de Milo made of salmon mousse.

    As it happens there IS a Venus in the book but it’s a planet.

  10. Tom Noir Says:

    The author’s name at a glance looks like it might be “Pohl & Kornbluth” as in, “Pohl & Kornbluth, purveyors of fine ladies undergarments”.

  11. Rags Says:

    Before deciding on the evil T-1000 liquid metal design, Skynet had tested out various other terminators in order to destroy the young, horny, John Conner.

    The most controversial was Braminator. This sexually charged machine was to use its heaving bossoms to entice John Conner into pre-marital groping. With his mind devoid of much blood, he would fail at leading the humans v the machines.

    Other discarded models included Pantynator and Lingerienator. There was also a Biebernator in case John Conner turned out to like the boys more than the girls.

  12. fred Says:

    Where did the head come from?

  13. SI Says:

    @fred – Not sure I want to ask how you found that… or if you just remembered the advert…

    How much does a space merchant charge for a bra?! How much… does the book tell you?!

  14. Tat Wood Says:

    The artist had just been to the pictures and had a very 80s idea of what was officially-designated as ‘cool’ (behold:

  15. Tom Noir Says:

    Assuming the author gave this story some firm support, I think I would be hooked! Know what I mean, bra?

  16. Stevie T Says:

    …and somewhere a Victoria’s Secret Catalog editor just got a pile of copies with a “fingerrocket” on the cover and is really wondering how he’s going to explain this to the top brass…

  17. A.R.Yngve Says:

    The first and last SF cover that Jeff Koontz ever made.

  18. anon Says:

    I had no idea there was a demand for lingerie in space..

  19. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    @anon: You’re new here, aren’t you?

  20. anon Says:

    @Dead Stuff With Big Teeth: Enough to warrant salesmen with half a mannequin, I mean.

  21. Alessandra Kelley Says:

    The display window at The Space Merchants, with its retro-radical almost-Deco décor, compares favorably with those of Abercrombie and Fitch, but lacks the edginess of those of Saks or Macy’s.

    The use of a bald sleek black armless half-mannequin, while popular among some of the more forward-thinking boutiques of the 1980s, is at strange odds with the old-fashioned pink satin longline bra it is wearing.

    That, combined with the row of old-fashioned post office boxes on the right and the amorphous modern sculpture, vintage 1960, on the left, leads one to conclude that the merchandise of The Space Merchants is aimed at forward-thinking conservative old ladies who like to think they are kind of punk whilst wearing traditional underwear.

  22. anon Says:

    @Alessandra Kelley: …or aimed at new-wave/post-punk types who are really into traditional underwear..?

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