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Rombots Bookshelf

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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City

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.

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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.