Friday, May 1, 2015

Paperback 874: The Zap Gun / Philip K. Dick (Dell SF 19907)

Paperback 874: Dell SF 19907 (1st thus, 1978)

Title: The Zap Gun
Author: Philip K. Dick
Cover artist: Uncredited

Estimated value: $12-16

Best things about this cover:

  • Early desktop RPGs were no joke. If you rolled a Q-bert, you had to self-lobotomize while listening to Rush. Hardcore gamers wore their wrestling unitards 24/7.
  • Love the old-school tech: before lobotomy guns went wireless.
  • I assume the floating man in the crosshairs is Captain Nosepick's conscience, who is clearly leaving for some interplanetary vacation.
  • That nose pose is gonna haunt me. Zap.

Best things about this back cover:

  • Ooh, the 21st Century! My favorite.
  • All these names are great. I can't make fun of them, as they are all very much aware of their own ridiculousness. I'm gonna borrow Lars Powderdry for my internet trolling needs.
  • I got this book at the local library book sale. So much junk … and then, bam: gold. God I love the serendipity of book sales.

Page 123~

Lars said somberly, "You're a cog."


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1 comment:

Bob Dively said...

And I thought my current ENT was a little odd.