Cory Doctorow at 3:23 pm Sat, Feb 2, 2013
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Definite Cybermen vibe in the graphic.
Ah, I used to read all these guys (and C. L. Moore, the distaff side of Padgett, too!) as a kid. I don’t know if I’ve read anything except for I, Robot on this particular list though. (Sometimes they re-released stuff under different titles.)
It’s a picture of a robot just looking at a banana, from the banana’s point of view.
Funny that the name if the publisher is the same as the Linux distro., – GNOME.
GNOME is a Desktop environment, not a linux distribution.
Sorry, you’re right.
Somewhat interesting wiki page for the publisher
Asimov was not happy with them.
Location looked nice. I street viewed it out of idle curiosity.
Robots have no tails?
Can we be sure it’s not a forgotten masterpiece? 5 the others have held up.
Ooh, that’s Ludlow Tempo Heavy with the alternate characters that make it think it can try to pass as Linotype’s Metroblack No. 2, rather than the ones that make it look like Futura Bold. Such pointy “A”s!
I still wish someone would finally digitize all the styles of Tempo, especially the happy slightly-curly italic:
Sorry for the tangent, it just always makes me sad to see cool old graphic design using the few common fonts of the 20th century that HAVEN’T been digitized to keep them in circulation. If Asimov ever writes his first book again, how will we advertise it? Arial? Papyrus?
(Also, “Daddy, what was a ‘Please rush books I have listed on separate sheet with my enclosed remittance’? When were ‘sheets’, Daddy?”)
And, for anyone who finds the big-shouldered Scary Laser Death Robot too menacing, here’s some non-threatening line-art of Asimov using his mental powers to symmetrize butterflies:
Jarring implicit reader gender assumption in the big headline?
They’re just using “man” as the opposite of “robot”. “Woman” wouldn’t be appropriate because all right-thinking Earthmen know “woman” is a synonym for “dishwasher”.
Besides, we don’t know what this scary robot’s capable of. Everyone he’s staring at might be a man now! GREETINGS, EARTH-MANS READING THIS, YOU HAVE JUST TURNED MALE BECAUSE OF MY EYE-RAYS. YOU HAVE BEEN GENDERVIZED. BEEP.
Maybe it’s a female robot?
Also, planetary origin assumption…
“Crammed full of chuckles and startling gadgets” sounds exactly like the sort of thing that Chris Ware used to write in his pages full of fake comic ads.
What about geegaws, gizmos, and gimcracks?
Hey, Mr. Earth Man! I want to be an Earth Man too!
Budda-Bah. Budda-Buh-Ba. Buh-Ba.
These books are classics of science fiction; they were NEVER released under different titles. ROBOTS HAVE NO TAILS was a collection of stories involving Gallagher, whose creator made him when he was drunk. The robot liked to admire himself in mirrors. Beer features in all the stories, and it turns out the robot is the perfect beer…. ack!
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