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We love robots and we love books, and we especially love books with robots in them! Here's some of what we have on our bookshelf.

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The Case Against Tomorrow

By Frederik Pohl
Cover artist: Richard Powers

Artist Richard Powers is known more for his surrealist landscapes than for robots or whimsy, but for the cover of this collection of Frederick Pohl stories he captures both in this wonderful illustration of a robot baseball umpire "giving the thumb" to a very irate robot ball player.

Frederik Pohl is a seminal figure in science fiction. His influence in sf has extended from fandom to writer representation to editing to writing. As a young man he helped found several well-known fan groups including the Futurians. As a writer agent he helped along careers of many leading writers including Isaac Asimov, Clifford Simak, Cyril Kornbluth, Jack Williamson and James Blish. As an editor for Galaxy Science Fiction, STAR SF Stories and If he won many awards including the Hugo for Best Magazine three years in a row. He is also an award-winning author, producing many classics including The Space Merchants, Gateway, Wolfbane, Man Plus and JEM.

Despite its cover, this book is not all robot stories. Of the six stories contained within only two feature robots, though those two stories take up over half the pages, which definitely qualifies this as a "robot" book. The Celebrated No-Hit Inning, so fancifully illustrated on the cover, concerns a cocky young ballplayer who, after being cast into a future full of robot ballplayers, soon learns humility. The other story is a Pohl classic depicting a world of robot created plenty where the poorer you are, the more you have and the worse off you are for it, until one man finds a heroic solution to The Midas Plague. Oh, and hey, the other four stories aren't half bad either.

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Carve It! Online
Carve your own Jack-'O-Lantern without getting pumpkin guts on you! Then, take a visit to our little Pumpkin Patch to see what others have carved.

Doodle-Bot
Sure you can doodle anywhere, but does just anywhere have Robo-Assisted doodling? We think not! Also, don't forget to check out the Gallery.

Robograms
Share the fun! Send a virtual postcard to friends and family. Birthdays, holidays, congratulations, or just to say, "hey!" — any occasion is right for a card.

S.T.A.R.S.
Saturn Troubled Automaton Reclamation & Salvage is looking for a few good sentients to help rescue robots in need.

We ♥ Sudoku
We've got *everybody's* favorite game. The Sudoku Generator creates an endless variety of games — and even lets you design your own.

Circuitous Glitch
Zoomer's got a glitch, and he's got it bad. Help him fix it in this fast-paced twist on a serpentine classic.

Psychobotic Mind Reader
A machine can't read your mind? Sez you! Clear your mind, concentrate and give this game a try.

Psychobotic Mind Master
Our Psychobotic robot is back with his fiendishly tricky take on a puzzler's favorite.

Tag 'Em & Bag 'Em
Find and tag those elusive fish, without truly finding them. Puzzling? Yes, but it's a gamer's classic!

Target Robot Scramble
See if you can reassemble this classic robot. But hey, that's not the fun part — wait a bit and it'll fix itself. Fun to watch!

Robot Posties
Can't get enough classic robots? Post them all over your desktop. Oh yeah, and you can add useful notes too (as if you needed a reason).

Coming Soon from Rombots
Check this space often for the next new thing from Rombots.