Jul 03

I'm thinking John Wilkes Booth is behind this one too.Click for full image

Good Show Sir Comments: Gonna have to rewrite this Gettysburg Address to cover The War of the Robot Rebellion.

Published 1990

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: 5.45 out of 10)

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26 Responses to “What Might Have Been: Alternate Heroes”

  1. A.R.Yngve Says:

    “One score and seven years ago our engineers brought forth on this continent, a new robot, conceived in Chrome Steel, and dedicated to the proposition that all robots are created equal.

    “Now we are engaged in a great robot war, testing whether that robot nation, or any machine so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure…”

    [A.R. is moved, holds back a tear]

  2. A.R.Yngve Says:

    “But apart from that, Robbie, did you enjoy the play?”

  3. THX 1138 Says:

    Even great men can misread the instructions.

  4. StevenLP Says:

    I look at that and think “Abraham Lincoln – Leprechaun”

  5. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    The look of a man who dearly wishes to tidy something up.

  6. JuanPaul Says:

    “Hah! My robot doppelganger fooled them!”

  7. Francis Boyle Says:

    I liked him better when he stuck to killing vampires.

  8. fred Says:

    Alternate response.
    Sherlock Holmes deduces the killer can only be Eleanor Roosevelt.

  9. Bibliomancer Says:

    He left a cryptic suicide note:

    “Abort, Retry, Fail”

  10. Tat Wood Says:

    Spielberg’s optioning this is why Daniel Day-Lewis quit acting.

  11. A.R.Yngve Says:

    By the way, I don’t think this cover is bad.

  12. JuanPaul Says:

    When a robot says it is going to give you a piece of its mind, it’s being literal.

  13. Anna T. Says:

    Who shot the robot in the head? John Wilkes Booth? Was it standing in for Abe at the theatre?

    So, so many questions . . .

  14. JuanPaul Says:

    IIIII shot the robot
    But I did not shoot the president

  15. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    I shot the robot
    And they say Eric Clapton gives offence, yeh

  16. Yoss Says:

    These Terminator reboots are getting ridiculous.

  17. GSS ex-noob Says:

    I recognize the story this is from, and Abe does not investigate the shot in the head on the golf course robot. It’s, like, metaphorical.

    Sadly, metaphor doesn’t translate well to cover art, so it looks like Honest Abe has become a private eye specializing in suspicious robot deaths, the cases nobody else cares about. He’s tough but fair.

  18. Tat Wood Says:

    The robot’s not dead, it’s chillin’

    (I tried posting this twelve hours ago and it didn’t take. Dunno why).

  19. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    Question: why are we alternating between heroes? Can’t we keep with the one who’s still alive?

    Or did they mean ‘alternative’ heroes? ­čśë

  20. GSS ex-noob Says:

    Is it like alternate street side parking?

  21. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    @Tat: all right then. If it’s chillin’, I’ll wake it up.


  22. GSS ex-noob Says:

    Ooh, judging by the color and minimalist styling, it could be a Norwegian Blue!

  23. Anti-Sceptic Says:

    “…premier voices in science fiction”….this is a non-audio book right?

  24. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    What happens when a robot tries to fill in a reCAPTCHA.

  25. Iluvm Says:

    I have misread the instructions and blew your fuse. I think you have to go to the workshop again.

  26. Bruce A Munro Says:

    Not in fact an impassioned cry against robo-slavery.

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