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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By Clifford D. Simak
Cover artist: Ed Valigursky
We can't talk about this book without first talking about the astonishing cover by Ed Valigursky. During the 1950s when Valigursky painted covers for pulps like Amazing Stories and paperback houses like Ace, he developed a visual style for robots that remains one of the most distinctive ever created. We'll be seeing more examples of what we like to call "Valigursky Robots" in the weeks to come as well as other paintings by this versatile and impressive artist (he also does a mean rocket ship).
One of the things we love best about Cliff Simak is that he is the only of those great golden age sf masters that we know of who was born and raised in Wisconsin. Simak's rural upbringing showed in much of his work, none more so than in City a home-spun series of tales recounting the story of a world that has gone to the dogs (literally). Featuring Jenkins, a robot servant who witnesses -- and to some degree participates in -- the decline of mankind and the rise of his canine successor, these stories paint a fantastic portrait of one possible future for mankind.