Dec 15

A river of robots

Marvin comments: Lord of the Rubbish Bins

Published 1962

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: 6.38 out of 10)

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17 Responses to “Second Ending”

  1. Francis Boyle Says:

    The robots are headed to a cliff to commit suicide like lemmings don’t. How do I know? They built one and this happened.

  2. Max Bathroom Says:

    To be fair to the cover artist, they’ve most likely nailed the expression you’d be sporting if you’d constructed an army of robots put on an extravagantly poncy outfit including ugly bling to give them their orders, then watched them turn their back on you and trundle off before you can say a word to them.
    I’d feel a bit peeved meself, and I’m sure it would show in my face…

  3. fred Says:

    Can’t fool me, that’s Kang.

    Other half of the double. Robots vs mutants. I smell an MCU phase 7 movie.

  4. Emster Says:

    Too late, Robin realized that getting drunk and pushing random buttons in Batman’s time ship prototype was a bad idea…

  5. Tat Wood Says:

    For those of us who remember ‘Galloping Galaxies!’, the idea of a platoon of robots voiced by Kenneth Williams is vaguely appealing (and has to be better than Alan Tudyk’s crap ‘Briddish’ accent in ‘Andor’).

    For those of us who remember Victor Lewis-Smith and his recycled jokes… ‘Ooh! Ooh! White wee–wee!’.

  6. Max Bathroom Says:

    @Tat Wood
    Incredibly NSFW Victor Lewis Smith gay Daleks clip below, as the Americans might be unaware of that stuff:

  7. B. Chiclitz Says:

    The Last Man in a Universe of Teapots

  8. GSS ex-noob Says:

    I see that being the Last Man (thus no one to impress) hasn’t caused him to lose his, er, distinctive styling.

    Don’t we have an “arms akimbo” tag?

    @Max: Poncy is the perfect word here.

    @fred: So the other half of the book is worth reading.

    Also, maybe back in 1962, but nowadays Kang’s established as a Black man.

    @Emster: LOL. That outfit is definitely Robin-like. Good eye.

    @Max: Thanks for the edification.

  9. A. R. Yngve Says:

    The robots are visibly shunning him for his lack of taste in clothing.

  10. Tat Wood Says:

    @Max: I was hoping to spare them that – they have a low enough opinion of us as it is. But here’s a robot who talks like Kenneth Williams (Seppo Translation – he fills a cultural space somewhere between Paul Lynde and Tony Randall but he and his characters had a knack of abruptly reverting to cockney volgarity and semi-fake hissy-fits. And he did lots of children’s television, which is like Truman Capote being a regular on Sesame Street.)

  11. Tracy Says:

    Nah, these robots are too wimpy to go around yelling “Exterminate!” The most they can muster up is “Mildly inconvenience.”

  12. Mel M Says:

    On first glance I saw a guy sneering at a lot of mid-century Christmas trees that he’d done a half-hearted job of decorating. “Let’s see if she asks me to decorate again next year.”

  13. Bruce A Munro Says:

    Checking out the robot’s rear chassis, Ted realized he’d been the last man in a universe of robots a bit too long.

  14. NomadUK Says:

    And just think: in thirty years, I can retire!

  15. NomadUK Says:

    [Can’t delete previous entry. Bleagh.]

    And just think: in thirty years, I can retire!

  16. Emster Says:

    @Nomad: GSS – I don’t remember that one from the show, but it brings back fond memories of parents laughing at jokes that the kids didn’t get.

  17. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @Nomad: Before there was a Simpsons’ reference for everything, there was Bugs and the gang. Still is.

    Perfect visual match.

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