Nov 14

I, the machine... stores all data to tape! Give me 30 minutes while I search for the right piece of information.Click for full image

Scott B Comments: You know, I never thought that when the machines finally rose and conquered humanity they would be led by a cyborg cordless electric razor.
Published 1968

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: 7.54 out of 10)

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18 Responses to “I, the Machine”

  1. THX 1138 Says:

    It’s OK everyone – no need to shield your eyes from the machine’s welding, he’s using non-glare paper!

  2. Bibliomancer Says:

    “Hoot von Zitzewitz” is the cover artist? You got to be kidding me.

    But then Google gives me an education:

    Now I understand the sci-fi cover artist’s motto “I don’t give a Zitzewitz!”

  3. Adam Roberts Says:

    I love the preposition + preposition + noun title style. Rather wish it had been extended a little more. I, The, An, It, Some, We, Machine.

  4. Tom Noir Says:

    I, The Grammatically Incorrect Title

  5. Phil Says:

    I take this cover art as a warning not to hold a Philishave too close to one’s eyes. Although if one did, one might be grateful for the large print and non-glare cover.

    I, THE MACHINE must be the sequel to…
    II, THE MACHINERY and possibly…

    I could go on.

  6. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    I had zitzewitz on my hoot when I was a teenager. Fortunately, the doctor was able to take care of them. Unfortunately, when I looked in the mirror all I saw was a razor with asymmetrical pupils. 🙁

  7. Tom Noir Says:

    Ducking and covering seems like an ineffective strategy if you are attacked by a giant soldering iron.

  8. HappyBookwyrm Says:

    Looks like an awful collage art project, complete with a discarded photo of a man looking at the ground and some sloppy orange paint strokes to fill the empty lower corner.

  9. Rags Says:

    The guy in the business suit doesnt seem all that concerned.

  10. FeárofMüsïc Says:

    I nominate this for “Most Blatant Attempt to Ride the Coattails and Just Barely Not Plagiarize “, in the category of speculative fiction.

    Though I do have to admit I rather like the album “I the Machine” by the Alvin Persons Project.

  11. fred Says:

    Agent Smith?

  12. B. Chiclitz Says:

    @Bibliomancer—I thought the tiny topless babe on the right was the “Hoot” you were referring to. Wonder what she’s doing there? Oh, yeah, it’s a collage, I forgot.

  13. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:


  14. A.R.Yngve Says:

    The paper may not be glaring but the cover sure is!

  15. Bibliomancer Says:

    With a name like that I had to find out more:

    actually: Hubertus Octavio von Zittewitz

  16. A.R.Yngve Says:

    A Stunning New Science Fiction Novel By Tarzan Of The Apes

    An excerpt:
    “I machine. You human. We go to Radio Shack, find new transistors for machine.”

  17. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    @AR: now THAT’S science fiction! Everyone knows Radio Shack doesn’t sell electronic parts anymore. 😉

  18. Emster Says:

    I, just happened upon another random cover with art far more haphazard than the last one!

    I, don’t think this one is even trying to be profound, someone was having fun with the Elmers glue.

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