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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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Forbidden Planet

By W.J. Stuart
Cover artist: Jack Gaughan*

Robby, The Robot, is one of the (if not the) most recognizable movie robots of all time. There's hardly a sf fan out there that hasn't seen this movie, but we wonder how many, other than hardcore fans, know about this novelization of the classic movie.

Forbidden Planet is the only book by Philip MacDonald written under the pseudonym W.J. Stuart. MacDonald is known more as a writer of detective thrillers and screenplays than for science fiction, nevertheless this is arguably his most memorable work. Based on the screenplay by Cyril Hume and the story by Irving Block and Allen Adler, the book treatment is told from the point of view of three of the central characters of the movie: Major "Doc" Ostrow, Commander Adams and Dr. Morbius. For fans of the movie, MacDonald's story features several scenes from the screenplay that didn't make it into the movie, as well as several key missing or confusing story details (though some points vary from the film). Required reading for any fan of this classic flick.

This isn't MacDonald's only work that includes a classic movie robot, he also holds the screen writing credit for 1954's Tobor the Great.

*Note: Just as in our premiere week of Rombots bookshelf, we suspect that this cover is by Jack Gaughan but cannot confirm it. If you have any information about the illustrator of this cover, send it to us via the feedback link.

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Circuitous Glitch
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Psychobotic Mind Reader
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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
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