May 04

Is that a carbon nanotube reinforced hyrdolic lifting rod, or are you just happy to see me?Click for full image

Al Comments: I hate to go here in my first post, but this cover is just, so, well, robo-erotic.
Published 1994

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: 7.23 out of 10)

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19 Responses to “The Robots of Dawn”

  1. THX 1138 Says:

    “Dawn” being the head masseuse?

  2. benny Says:

    “just hurry up and take the photo R2D2 before the rohynol
    wears off and hugh Jackman wakes up”

  3. A.R.Yngve Says:

    Those damn robots, coming here stealing our jobs and our hunks…

  4. A.R.Yngve Says:

    “You are so tense, human. The First Law compels me to give you a sensual massage.”

  5. Tom Noir Says:

    “Crap, we’re going to press and we don’t have a cover yet!” “Here, just take this half-finished romance novel piece and put a robot on it!” “Brilliant!”

  6. fred Says:

    Dude, the mushrooms are kicking in and…whoa…

  7. CyborgAbeLincoln Says:

    I’m pretty sure the book has some robo-sexuality going on, although IIRC, it’s a woman and robot getting it on.

  8. Charlotte Says:

    Is that Uncle Owen’s farm in the background? And that robot looks oddly familiar . . . Maybe the designer was watching A New Hope while eating those ‘shrooms.

  9. Brian B Says:

    Yeah this novel involved a woman having a sexual affair with a male-looking robot. Several other Azimov novels from this period dealt with robosexuality. In this novel there is even a mention to a planet that shows up later in the Foundation series with an entirely robosexual society where all reproduction is artifical.

    Still it should be noted that while they are robosexuals but they are not GAY robosexuals, that would just wrong, unnatural, and immoral! Thus this cover is an abomination! (sarcasm activiated!)

    I actually don’t have an issue with this cover other than yes the robot is clearly a plagiarized version of CP3O

  10. Zycrow Says:

    Oh, dude! I read SO MANY Asimov books with this cover style in the early 2000s. Very nostalgic. Also creepy.

  11. SI Says:

    Yea Zycrow, thus was the style. I think a great cover has somone painted who clearly had to dress up. It’s just… creepy!

  12. Smith Says:

    Hunk – “Why can’t I quit you?”

    Robot – “How…about… a… nice… game of chess?”

  13. ash966 Says:

    Somehow it reminds me of this one:

  14. Tom Noir Says:

    “Oh god, what happened last night? Let’s see, I had a couple beers, then ordered my robot butler to give me a sponge bath…”

  15. Dalton H. Says:

    Yet it’s still better than the prequels. You know what I’m talking about.

  16. David Cowie Says:

    @ Brian B: yes, the robot is clearly a plagiarized version of CP3O, but C3PO is also a plagiarized version of the robot from Metropolis:
    So we have a copy of a copy.
    The first artist goes out and paints from life. The second artist copies the first artist. The third artist copies the second artist. (I’ve usually seen this analogy applies to fantasy, with Tolkien as the first artist.) The first artist put things in because there were there, or in the case of SF, because they were new cool speculation. The second artist put them in because they were trying to get close to the first. The third artist put them in because heck, that’s what you put in.

  17. arch9enius Says:

    If someone told me this was for a cover of Star Wars: From the adventures of Luke Skywalker by a nartist who had somehow never seen the film, posters or merchandise, I;’d beleive them.

    That’s quite possible by the way; the book came out before the film.

  18. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    I have a feeling the trees are trying to flee the scene…

  19. Ray P Says:

    Actually it is a robot hunter on safari posing with its latest human trophy which should make a nice rug.

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