Feb 08

At least the robotic pope... can dance!Click for full image

GK Comments: Will no one rid me of this meddlesome priest?
Published 1981

Many thanks to GK!

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: 5.46 out of 10)

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23 Responses to “Project Pope”

  1. Adam Roberts Says:

    They’re both suspiciously smiley. For robots, I mean.

  2. splittter Says:

    To be fair, if this is a book about robot priests it’s probably a representative cover.

    It’s not a book about robot priests, is it?

  3. Phil Says:

    Interesting that you can have robot catholic priests, but not women catholic priests.

    Someone should tell the robot on the right that hi rose bush will grow better if he puts the root system IN the ground rather than ON it.

    Someone shoud reinstall the graphic designer’s fonts: his capital Ps ae decidedly broken.

  4. Phil Says:

    HIS rose bush, HIS rose bush. (So THAT’S why there is a preview button!)

  5. SI Says:

    Don’t be fooled Phil! The preview button doesn’t actually work.. I don’t think anyone has noticed yet!

    I wonder if the robots all have robot theologian names.

    Metal Luther

    Pope Benedict the 10001

  6. Aishwarya Says:

    “Robots, romance and religion combine in the year’s most unusual novel”. Representative, then. Also I do not find this claim hard to believe.

  7. A.R.Yngve Says:

    What Vatican II looks like in the mind of Mel Gibson.

  8. A.R.Yngve Says:

    “Recite the First Law, Brother 377-TD-0.”

    “Certainly, Holy Robot Father. ‘A robot may not molest a choirboy, or through inaction allow a choirboy to be molested…

  9. Maxload Says:

    Metal Luther sounds like an awesome band.

  10. THX 1138 Says:

    You can bet these Godbothering robots have C3-PO voices. Imagine a whole sermon of that.

  11. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    “Project”…noun or verb?

  12. Frank Says:

    ..heh…I’ve heard that sermon…

  13. A.R.Yngve Says:

    “I never knew I had it in me…”

  14. David Cowie Says:

    Don’t be fooled Phil! The preview button doesn’t actually work.. I don’t think anyone has noticed yet!

    I noticed a while ago. Just didn’t get around to complaining about it.


  15. Dalton H. Says:

    Me-The robot on the right is a monk, not a priest.
    Cover Artist- Well, I didn’t come here to go through the Spanish Inquisition!
    ( Enter Spanish Priest from Monty Python)
    Spanish Priests- No one expects the Spanish Inquisition! And someone fix that dang preview button!

  16. Nix Says:

    Of course the robots are smiling. They’re in a Simak novel. The only way they could have a nicer time would be to find themselves in a White novel.

    (btw, his name was not ‘Smiak’.)

  17. admin Says:

    David> OK OK WE’LL LOOK AT THE PREVIEW BUTTON! Or possibly install something better.

    Nix> Thanks Nxi! 😛

  18. Amy Says:

    “Most unusual novel.” I’m not entirely sure, even in this context, that this is meant to be a selling point. Also, could we have some form of rudimentary background, or did your budget only extend as far as two figures, a rose plant… no money for actual faces, just throw some robot looking things in there.

  19. Rex Says:

    See, for a second I was hoping “Maybe there’s a guy named Dr. Pope and his project is building robots”, but then…

    I haven’t read the book so I can’t speak for its quality, but I’d be surprised if it managed to pull off such an odd combination as robots, romance, and religion well. What does that even mean? Is it about robots who are both romantic and religious? Or a romantic robot religion?

  20. jesika Says:

    OMG, i want this book so bad!! thats perhaps the funniest thing ive ever seen.

  21. rev Says:

    A metal priesthood would solve many problems. The senior ones are given root privileges, and those under him have to cop it in the can. No questions asked.

  22. A.R.Yngve Says:

    Robot Pope issues an edict, and controversy erupts:

    “According to the Principle Of Transsubstantiation, the act of installing any program which contains sermons first uttered by Our Savior, will cause the Holy Spirit to enter your software and hardware. However, it is heresy to claim that your hardware is part of Our Savior’s body…”

  23. Khaki Says:

    As featured on this week’s episode of Cover My Ass: 60 · Olives of the Nut World

    The extinct planet Earth is an intergalactic LARPer’s paradise. All the cool continents are already claimed, but two robots discover their tiny allotment was once the Holy Seat of a global religion. Their role-playing, philosophical and cosplaying fun takes a turn for the real when they discover the only remaining multicellular life on the planet and must decide: was the Burning Bush literal or metaphoric?

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