Posts Tagged ‘Robots’

My name is Ryan Crutchfield and I am a system architect and application programmer with a master’s degree in archaeology that I never get to use. I am a regular contributor at weirdthings.com and my twitter stream (@rc6750) will more than likely bore you to tears.

I am a huge fan of robots. I have built my own robots, have robot-themed artwork hanging on my walls, and even celebrated the recent 90th anniversary of the creation of the word (by drinking alone in my apartment). With some exceptions, I enjoy most literature and movies involving robots. For example, despite the ABSOLUTE RIDICULOUSNESS of this movie, I am still excited (and embarrassed) to see it. So when I was recently perusing the Sci-Fi section of the local used book store it was with great excitement that I came across The Robot Brains by Sydney J. Bounds published in 1967. The cover features a giant robot with claws, clearly chasing a terrified human across a barren landscape. The text above the title ominously declares, “Monster brains dominate the Earth and destroy man’s only hope for survival”. HELL YES. I thought I was about to be treated to some late 60’s robot apocalypse fiction.

I could not have been more wrong.

I am not sure what the statute of limitations is on spoilers, but I am about to drop some 44-year-old spoilers, so consider this your warning.

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[A new submission by Jennifer Culp.   Jennifer Culp is a metalsmith; she earned a B.F.A. with a concentration in Jewelry and Metalsmithing in Spring 2009. Her website (which is still in progress but has lots of pretty pictures) can be viewed here: http://jennculp.com/)]

EndOfTheWeekKevin Reaves’s small-scale automatons are motionless and lifeless, but speak eloquently about the condition of individuals in the modern American workforce. “I feel like our society is so damn automated,” says Reaves. “Working in retail, the public just seems so robotic.”

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