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    • CommentTimeDec 4th 2007 edited
    All of these are awesome.
    I had totally forgotten I read some really pulpy SF that I guess was for young kids in the 50's. (edit: apparently, published from 54-71) here's one of the covers of the one I remember reading most clearly:

    The website's description of the cover confirms what I remember about it:
    The cover of this book is, at first glance one of the better ones in the series. It depicts Tom Swift working away at a large control board controlling Owell, just what he's doing is not apparent, but it looks important and exciting. After reading the book, however, I realized that the cover made absolutely no sense....And what are those bright colors coming off the top of the Wing? ... It just doesn't make any sense.

    I read this one too and I remember spending a long time just looking at the cover when I was like 4 or 5 and trying to figure out just what the fuck was going on...
    What's with the screens along the inside curve? Why is it shaped like that? Is it going into the water? Why not take one of those rockets behind them on the lake shore? those look way more awesome.
    Also, What is a Polar-Ray Dynasphere? is that even a sphere at the end there? Is there a sphere anywhere? a decade and a half later, they remain unanswered.

    If you're curious there's way more information that even I want here.

    Thanks for sparking a trip down memory lane.

    I loved the fusion of fascist iconography and art nouveau in that last one.

    Someone needs to put that logo on armbands....

      CommentAuthorAlan Tyson
    • CommentTimeDec 4th 2007
    Unfortunately you can't see it very well, but the caption is "Submarine-Land Dreadnaught!"

    land dread

    The fact that this was in the precursor to Popular Mechanics makes it all the more fascinating - this was really what people thought the future of warfare and industry would be like.

    I think we ought to start a movement to bring the term "scientifiction" back.
    • CommentAuthorglenn ross
    • CommentTimeMar 18th 2008
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    I love that book.
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    You can't beat a dame with lotsa shooters...

    Black Mask
    • CommentTimeMar 18th 2008
    My brother scarred me for life when I was but a teen by handing me a copy of A Feast Unknown. 'Sprobably why I'm here.
      CommentAuthormuse hick
    • CommentTimeMar 19th 2008
    gray lensman

    gotta love this suit!
    • CommentTimeMar 19th 2008
    These covers remind me of the Choose Your Own Adventure books. I'd go to the library every two weeks and grab as many as I could carry, based on the covers alone.

    Cave of TimeSpace and BeyondThe Antimatter Formula

    Here's more:
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    Choose Your Own Adventure! Aah childhood...
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    I've had an 8x10 print of that cover on my book shelf for the last five or six years.

    I still don't know what's going on in the picture.
    • CommentTimeMar 20th 2008
    @ Loki: When it came to Choose Your Own Adventure, I always managed to die within 3 choices. Half the time a ninja was involved.
    • CommentTimeMar 20th 2008 edited
    colorado kid, 1950

    Crime Over Casco & the Mother Goose Murders, 1979

    fatal focus

    astounding, 1930's

    • CommentTimeMar 20th 2008
    @ sythsapien

    HAHA! How many guns does one dame need?!
    • CommentTimeMar 20th 2008
    This man fucking raised me:
    die softly
    christopher pike, web
    starlight crystal

    This man came into one of my classes as a child, and scared the shit out of all of us:
    james kelly

    bastard even made one of us cry.

    that's the true test a science fiction writer, making small children cry.
    • CommentTimeMar 20th 2008

    Honey West ^

    This is a 60 anniversary image by George Chastain:

    All I could think of at first when you say Pulp were parody images. George Chastain has some doozies. The two below invoke beloved memories:
      CommentAuthorAlan Tyson
    • CommentTimeMar 20th 2008
    Holy God, I remember those Choose Your Own Adventure books. I suspect they're what got me into tabletop gaming, actually, before I'd even heard of Dungeons and Dragons.
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    Okay, this may be pretty much off-topic, but I've often thought of collecting scifi set in the past. Alien invasions in the 80's, interstellar travel in the Year 2000... that kind of thing.

    But I'd probably just pine away waiting for my flying car and Moon-colony vacations... I'm old enough to have grown up seriously expecting all that.
    • CommentTimeMar 21st 2008
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    Jeez! Tom Swift (Jr)!! Back in like 6th or 7th Grade (and that would be like 1966-67 or something), EVERYBODY (well the boys anyway) in my class read the whole series - like 30 books or something. It was the Hardy Boys or Harry Potter of the sliderule-and-home-chemistry-kit set (yeah, yeah, flying cars and moon vacations... blah blah blah). And cooler yet, my best friend's Dad had the complete "Tom Swift (Sr)" series which must have dated from 1920s or earlier - titles like "Tom Swift and His Transcontinental Railroad" (I'm not kidding, though that may not have been an exact title).
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    Think Like a Dinosaur didn't make me cry... but it was CLOSE.