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    Flap Jack
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    So it became a bit of received wisdom in the Red Dwarf fandom that “Infinity Welcomes Careful Drivers” was not actually intended to be the title of the first novel, but people saw the road sign on the cover, and either misinterpreted it as a subtitle, or appropriated it as a fan nickname for the sake of distinguishing it from the series in general. Then this was later made the official subtitle in the omnibus/audiobook/Radio Show.

    And yet, open the solo paperback edition and whaddya know, right there in the inside cover it says:

    RED DWARF
    Infinity Welcomes Careful Drivers

    So I’d say that’s pretty clear, even if the subtitle isn’t on the spine. 

    Makes it a bit weird for the Red Dwarf wiki to introduce it as “Red Dwarf (often referred to as Infinity Welcomes Careful Drivers to differentiate from the television series)… “. Yeah, sure, no actual lies there, technically, but it might be a tad misleading.

    Anyone else have any fond memories of other pervasive Red Dwarf-related misconceptions or myths?

    #275594
    Warbodog
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    That’s always been a stupid peeve of mine, so I concede to your actual evidence, I only have the omnibus these days. Title pages are definitive, even if they are the result of misinterpreting cover art.

    #275595
    Dave
    Participant

    Back To Earth not being series 9.

    #275596

    Is that a first edition you’re looking at or a reprint?

    #275597
    Flap Jack
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    That’s always been a stupid peeve of mine, so I concede to your actual evidence, I only have the omnibus these days. Title pages are definitive, even if they are the result of misinterpreting cover art.

    Yeah, I initially just got the omnibus too, so this myth took a long time to be busted for me.
    Though, is it on record that the inside title is only like that due to someone misinterpreting the cover? I assumed not, as surely the title/subtitle would be decided long before the cover art, but I guess it’s hard to be 100% sure.

    #275598
    Flap Jack
    Participant

    Is that a first edition you’re looking at or a reprint?

    I’m looking at the 2nd printing. It’s difficult to verify when that occurred, but it’s still copyright 1989, so it must have been a maximum of 2 months after the first. It might have even been a pre-publication 2nd printing.

    So it is technically possible that this subtitle was added inside between the 1st and 2nd printings – though it seems unlikely that Rob and Doug would make that happen just based on readers thinking it was already the title?

    If anyone does have a 1st edition, please do check and if necessary, re-bunk me!

    #275599
    Jonathan Capps
    Keymaster

    re-bunk me!

    #275600
    Flap Jack
    Participant

    I regret nothing.

    #275602
    Warbodog
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    More of an historic one, Craig’s macho lie about the dog food being real in the 90s. I probably read that fact in the Programme Guide, then the Smeg-Ups said it was cat food, finally on the DVD documentaries he gave the seemingly definitive answer of tuna in gel.

    The Programme Guide that’s up on the Internet Archive is an early edition without the episode trivia points, so I can’t check what other erroneous facts I learned and may still believe.

    #275603
    Jonathan Capps
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    I feel like there are a good few of these in Man in the Rubber Mask. The new footage found for Bodysnatcher that showed the infamous ‘electrocution’ incident in the sauna basically shows that he loves to embellish his stories.

    #275604
    Flap Jack
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    Ah yes, good ones. Another one that comes to mind is “the overlaid skutter in The End Remastered is CGI”. I can’t remember if anyone with authority actually said that, or everyone just assumed it was CGI because it looked crap.

    #275605

    I feel like there are a good few of these in Man in the Rubber Mask. The new footage found for Bodysnatcher that showed the infamous ‘electrocution’ incident in the sauna basically shows that he loves to embellish his stories.

    They’re entertainers and to a certain extent comedians.  They tell whatever the best version if the story is.  Which is mostly going to be bollocks.

    #275606
    Jonathan Capps
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    Ah yes, good ones. Another one that comes to mind is “the overlaid skutter in The End Remastered is CGI”. I can’t remember if anyone with authority actually said that, or everyone just assumed it was CGI because it looked crap.

    I think that one was down to limited understanding of what CGI is and so the term was misused. Everyone knew about the Tara Wars remastered being ‘CGI’ so changes to Dwarf must be the same thing.

    #275607
    Jonathan Capps
    Keymaster

    They’re entertainers and to a certain extent comedians.

    #275608
    Flap Jack
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    Well, they do get paid to lie, so clearly their testimony can’t be trusted.

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