Feb 20

Not so Swift running thru the bug goop

Emster Comments: The ants were about to exact their revenge for the magnifying glass incident.

Published 1992

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: 6.00 out of 10)

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12 Responses to “The Microbots”

  1. Tat Wood Says:

    The story I want to read is the teleport accident that fused Mulder and Scully into the same body

  2. fred Says:

    I’m sure the publishers wanted to go all ‘Cold War in a Country Garden’ for the cover but declined for some reason.

  3. Francis Boyle Says:

    If that’s meant to be a pizza all I can say is that someone’s got a tiny pepperoni.

  4. Tor Mented Says:

    “Get back! I have an ant robot,” Tom said mechanically.

  5. Tor Mented Says:

    “And I control it with this device,” Tom said remotely.

  6. fred Says:

    “And I can run swiftly in these pants without wearing a belt.”, Tom said humorously.

  7. fred Says:

    “And I can’t replicate the ‘Cold War…’ cover because my hands are much too small,”, Tom said boastfully.

  8. Bruce A Munro Says:

    @Francis Boyle: either a tiny pepperoni or an enormous ant.

  9. Bruce A Munro Says:

    “I can’t deal with all this cheese,” Tom said intolerantly.

  10. GSS ex-noob Says:

    “I’m running through caramel” said Tom sweetly.

    Seriously. Look at those swirls. Although I agree Tom’s on a pizza, and as @FB and @Bruce said, it has very very small pepperoni — smaller than an ant’s head!

    Or was it the World’s Record Giant Pepperoni on the Giantest Pizza Slice, and enshrunken along with Tom and the bot?

    “This pizza cheese sure is warm,” said Tom hotfootedly.

    @Tat: If you find that, send me a link. Evil robots and predatory bugs are right up their alley as well.

    @Emster: where did you find these gems?

  11. Ryan Says:

    How in the world were Tom Swift stories still being written and published in the 1990s? They were ancient stuff when I was a kid, well before then.

  12. Hammy Says:


    It’s called Stratemeyer Syndicate. Edward L. Stratemeyer was an author/publisher who cranked out around 1,300 books on his own and thousands more written by authors using house pseudonyms. A pioneer of the book-packaging industry.

    Some of the Syndicate’s creations were the Bobbsey Twins, Nancy Drew, the Hardy Boys, the Rover Boys, and of course the various series of Tom Swift.

    Simon and Schuster bought the Syndicate in 1987 and continued the tradition of book packaging.

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