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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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The Caves of Steel

By Isaac Asimov
Cover artist: Ed Emshwiller

Any discussion of robots in books invariably leads us back to one man: Asimov (so well-known at the point of publishing this cover that apparently they didn't even have to include his first name). The Caves of Steel is Asimov's first of a series of full-length robot novels starring detective Lije (Elijah) Baley and his improbable partner, the human-like robot (R.) Daneel Olivaw. Set on the Earth of the future where people live in fully enclosed cities (i.e. Caves of Steel), fear open spaces, and despise robots and the off-world Spacers who rely on them, Lije and Daneel must solve a murder before it explodes into a political scandal and before Earthers discover Daneel's true nature.

This story wasn't entirely Asimov's idea, it was suggested by long-time Galaxy editor Horace Gold. Asimov was uninterested when Gold suggested a novel about an overpopulated earth, but when Gold followed up by suggesting a mystery with a human detective and a robot partner, Asimov was intrigued. John Campbell had once told him that a science fiction mystery would be impossible to write because at any time the detective could solve the mystery using some made up technology thereby cheating the reader. Spurred on by Gold, Asimov set out to prove Campbell wrong and produced this, one of his most memorable works.

Emshwiller's lively, fantastically colorful cover for this 60s version is one of the most enjoyable we've seen. Fitting of the psychedelic era in which it was published.

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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.