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Jul 16

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Marvin Comments On the downside, he is a slave to the robot brains. On the plus side, ants-at-the-picnic problem solved!

You might remember this from here.

Published 1957

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: 6.43 out of 10)
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19 Responses to “The Robot Brains”

  1. fred Says:

    Einstein would probably discover some small fault in the space time of this cover.

  2. THX 1139 Says:

    Sydney J. Bounds… and buff Walter Pidgeon smoulders!

  3. Leak Says:

    The Robot Brains!
    It’s Super Effective!

  4. Bruce A Munro Says:

    Beardo looks as skeptical of the back cover blurb as we are.

    So are the giant ants on our side?

    This book’s digit is 2!

  5. Verylatetotheparty Says:

    The ants-at-the-picnic-problem may be solved, but manly beardmans clothes-moths-in-the wardrobe problem is worse than ever.

  6. fred Says:

    Knew I had seen our cover hero before. Stephen Macht – ‘Graveyard Shift’ (Stephen King). Play the second video if you want to hear the worst Maine accent in the history of Maine accents. Or maybe just the worst accent in the history of accents.

    https://hardtickettohomevideo.com/2017/10/05/schlocktoberfest-vii-day-5-graveyard-shift/

  7. Francis Boyle Says:

    If those are ordinary size ants, I would suggest that quizzical man find himself a small dog. Well, maybe a largish dog but some sort of canine should do the job.

    #terrible miscalculation of scale

  8. Tat Wood Says:

    It’s TV’s Ray Barrett, with a Van Dyke to cover his acne scars.

    (@Fred:the clip was on DailyMotion so froze a lot but I didn’t hear too much wrong with the accent – it’s very like a former neighbour of ours, from Germany originally but twenty years in the US. Probably how Trump’s grandad talked. Certainly not in the Don Cheadle in ‘Ocean’s 11’ league or Raymond Burr in that episode of ‘Perry Mason’ where he was a sailor ‘from Liverpool’ who sounded like Popeye’s Pappy. Not even as bad as Keanu in ‘Dracula’).

  9. Bibliomancer Says:

    Robot Brains! Stop shouting. Use your inside voice!

  10. GSS ex-noob Says:

    Why are there giant ants? Do they have the robot brains installed? Or is the killer Roomba housing a robot brain?

    Why do the two halves of the man’s face not match, and is that gun going to do him any good against the rest of the cover? (nope)

    I certainly understand why Beardo has a WTF look on his face.

    @Tat: I always figured Cheadle’s accent in the “Ocean’s” movies was all part of the con. The others humored him about it, they all have their little quirks.

  11. B. Chiclitz Says:

    Beardo has an utterly enormous left thigh. Perhaps the result of an ant bite. He also seems to have a small dowsing rod embedded in his forehead. No idea how that got there.

  12. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @BC: His other thigh’s pretty big too. No futuristic jumpsuits for him, he’s got to buy separates to fit his non-matching halves. Between his legs and his face, I’m wondering if he had a transporter accident. Maybe the dowsing rod came in that way too?

  13. Verylatetotheparty Says:

    @BC: It must be some kind of quizzical eyebrow enhancement implant – probably a small motor and some wires in there.

    @Tat W: I somehow watched Dracula without really noticing first time round – but after realising that he used the same voice back in Bill and Ted to pretend to be posh/intelligent, it then became hilarious.

  14. B. Chiclitz Says:

    @GSSxn, @Vlttp—It could also be the wishbone of a small turkey or chicken. Maybe the transporter and replicator beams got crossed.

  15. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @BC: It does look just like a wishbone. Maybe future humans of the Roomba/ant hellscape implant the remains of their last meal under their forehead skin.

    @Vlttp: If it’s wires and a motor, perhaps HE is one of the robot menace!!!!!

    That might explain why his body seems to be made out of non-matching parts, and why he’s still got that one cuff buttoned. He’s not really human!

  16. Tat Wood Says:

    @GSS ex-Noob, Vlttp: this would explain why his face is at a forty-five degree angle to his head. It’s coming off, probably to reveal golf-ball eyes and resistors, like in 70s android shockers.

  17. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @Tat: I’m glad we’ve got that sorted in time for the weekend.

  18. Bruce A Munro Says:

    (Looks for a synopsis)

    Turns out there are no brainy robots at all in the story – it’s like you can’t trust a blurb anymore. It’s just a metaphor for evil giant-brained dwarfs from _the future_.

    (There are some giant bugs, but they’re incidental to the plot).

  19. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @Bruce: Guess poor C. Stewart only got the title and a mention of the giant bugs and did the best he could.

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