Jan 25

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Bibliomancer Comments: Let me flash your BIOS big fella!
Published 1964

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: 6.32 out of 10)

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27 Responses to “The Cosmic Computer”

  1. A.R.Yngve Says:

    HAL 9000 called and he wants his eye back!

  2. A.R.Yngve Says:

    “Okay — for my reward I want… yarn! All the yarn in the Universe!”

  3. Perry Armstrong Says:

    THIS looks like a ‘Fantastic 4’ movie I can get into!

  4. L.B. Says:

    @A.R.Yngve “I’m sorry, Dave. I can’t see that.”

  5. fred Says:

    Magnus Robot Fighter 4000 A.D. laugh at girly man who need laser. World need Magnus Robot Fighter 4000 A.D. movie. Magnus Robot Fighter 4000 A.D. need work.
    Swim fin feet? Really?

  6. Ray P Says:

    Human wields chemical laser; giant robot only has bloody great claws.

  7. Anna T. Says:

    It seems there is a shortcoming to this security robot: It does not have a gun, and thus cannot shoot back at the intruder, only flail at him with its sharp claws. I smell a design flaw.

    Unless, of course, this robot was repurposed from the loading dock to serve as security. Which is very likely in this case.

  8. Tom Noir Says:

    It’s not these guys that our heroic spaceman needs to worry about, but the giant bowling ball robot heading his way.

  9. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    @AR, 2: I thought that the blurb meant that you get to GIVE the robot menace a name. Like Virgil, or Stephanie, or something.

    What I want to know is, if this is 4, where are the other three?

  10. Bibliomancer Says:

    @DSWBT – #3 is dead on the ground, #2 is falling over and #1 is far off in the lower right.

    Considering how fast the right claw is moving, the spaceman soon won’t be around to deal with #5.

  11. Perry Armstrong Says:

    Robot has a bit of a combover going on…

    OMG – Robotic Homer Simpson!

  12. HappyBookworm Says:

    The original title was “The Junkyard Planet”…That sounds like a VERY different story than “The Cosmic Computer.”

    PR man: We’ve changed your title.
    Author: But it’s about a planet that’s a junkyard. That’s not very cosmic.
    PR man: You want this published or not?

  13. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    @B’Mancer: Wouldn’t it be hilarious if they were 1, 2, 4 and 5, and the spaceman wasted time looking for a #3 that didn’t exist!

  14. THX 1138 Says:

    For a reward I’d like one of those H beam pipers as demonstrated on the cover, thanks.

  15. fred Says:

    For my reward I want a laser that doesn’t make sad clown faces upon impact.

  16. Perry Armstrong Says:

    @THX1138: Jamie claimed to have seen an H. Beam Piper, but he was delirious then and thankfully got better.

  17. Tat Wood Says:

    @Perry Armstrong: You really did see a different ‘Moonbase’ from everyone else

  18. DaveM Says:

    “Danger Will Robinson Danger!”

  19. Perry Armstrong Says:

    Looking at the robot’s knees, a more effective weapon might be a gargantuan flathead screwdriver.

  20. A.R.Yngve Says:

    The Homer-Bot is going to grab the spaceman by the neck and snarl, “Why, you little…”

  21. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    Pow! right in the I/O!

  22. Allen Batson Says:

    I LOVE Valigursky! Wish he would have been more prolific in Sci-Fi.

  23. Gobbledydorp Says:

    So… Is this the original inspiration for the new Star Wars light saber?

  24. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    Gives a new meaning to ‘running Crysis’ 😉

  25. B. Chiclitz Says:

    @Bibliomancer—why would the robots attack in reverse order? What do those numbers signify anyway? How did #3 manage to get himself killed before #4? Do you think #2 is falling over because those ridiculous fin feet don’t seem to bend? Who do you think designed their armor which, while providing the safest clavicles in the universe, leaves the vital midsection completely exposed? This has to be the the most challenged robot death squad ever to go out on patrol.

  26. anon Says:

    @B.Chiclitz: Well, the design idea may have originally been that when the robot falls down, it can simply retract its legs to become egg-shaped, push itself upright with those weak, noodly arms and simply stand up again. Doesn’t seem like a particularly good choice, but hey, what do I know?
    And then some artist went and updated the design to make it look sleeker and more modern. So, now the model of the fallen robot on the background not only isn’t armored in the midriff but can’t get back up.

  27. Tat Wood Says:

    BB8 goes over to the Dark Side.

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