Oct 01

On the bright side, no more worries about climate change!Click for larger image

Bibliomancer Comments: Wrong button, robot husband. I said push that one to start the coffee maker.

Published 1965

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: 6.78 out of 10)

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19 Responses to “The Exile of Time”

  1. Tat Wood Says:

    It’s way, wa-a-ay into the fuuture. Continental drift has moved South America north of the Equator and the Rachel haircut’s come back.

  2. THX 1139 Says:

    “We’ll make the Earth flat if it kills us!”

  3. fred Says:

    I think a fiendish robot would have a mouth full of fiendish teeth, assuming the robot is the ‘he’.

  4. Alice Says:

    “Let’s see what happens if we make the day equal two seconds!”

  5. JuanPaul Says:

    “Hit the button one more time, please. I want to make sure my ex is completely obliterated.”

  6. B. Chiclitz Says:

    That robot’s got some damn skinny legs.

  7. Francis Boyle Says:

    The last time I saw something like that happened to the Earth it involved Superman. Or Daleks. Maybe Supes is protecting the Earth from Daleks. It’s a toss up who’d do more damage, but my money would be on Superman.

  8. B. Chiclitz Says:

    Alternate title: THIS WONTON EARTH

  9. Bibliomancer Says:

    @B. Chiclitz – Good one. I wonder if this book had any spin-offs?

  10. Daard23 Says:

    She needs the robot’s help with the computer, because she doesn’t understand sine language.

  11. Anna T. Says:

    She’s clearly explaining the robot’s new duties to it.

    As for what that thing out the window vaguely resembling Earth is, not sure. A fake planet, maybe?

  12. Lillie Awesome Says:

    Just don’t set your coffee on that work surface, or the mug is going to slide right into the tape drive.

  13. B. Chiclitz Says:

    @Lillie A—There is some weird spatial distortion going on, for sure. I just noticed that the flattening Earth appears to be inside the room. That’s either a really big room or a really tiny planet!

  14. fred Says:

    In this future there are no plain black or white push buttons. In this future there is still color blindness, resulting in “Sorry, Earth.”.

  15. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @Tat (1): Not only that, but South America’s shrunk, even though it should appear bigger thanks to being on the edge of the ‘splodey bit.

    What could possibly be the purpose of the pink rings and swooshy curvy bits? They seem to be just cluttering the place up. Are they some sort of theramin she’s playing, for which the sound waves are registering on the oscilloscope set above the antiquated tape drives and what might be VU meters below the tapes?

    Is the bot encouraging her in her musical/planet-destroying endeavors? Is this the futuristic version of fiddling while Rome burns?

    I’m gonna have to agree we need a tag about the bad proportions/perspective. The whole thing is completely askew. Maybe it’s only a (bad) 3-D simulation of Earth that’s asploding inside that room?

  16. Hammy Says:

    “Complete and unabridged”

    Whew, I’m so relieved that it’s not abridged. I don’t want to read a book titled “Th Xil s o Tim”….

  17. Yoss Says:


    “By now, human, you are probably beginning to suspect that I am a fiend from the future and not a refugee from the past as you initially guessed. Logically speaking though… the idea that I, a hyper-intelligent robot, might be from the past was a foolish assumption on your part. Were I capable of emotion, I would feel embarrassment for your kind.”


  18. B. Chiclitz Says:

    (/robotvoice continues) “And since I am a fiend from the future, I have perfected the art, still only primitively developed in your time, of pretending to be interested in some randomly colored push button console while I stealthily give you a robot arm rub, thus bringing you ever closer to me and revealing [brrrrzzzxk, cllllick, buzzzzz] hmmmmm, perhaps I am not completely devoid of an emotional response apparatus after all.”

    “Yes, I was about to ask—is that your sine wave curve or are you just glad to see me?”

  19. A. R. Yngve Says:

    “I know he’s a cold, metallic robot from the future… but I CAN CHANGE HIM!”

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