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Something has gone very seriously wrong with Tik-Tok’s “asimov circuits.” They should keep him on the straight and narrow, following Asimov’s first law of robotics: A robot shall not injure a human being, or through inaction allow a human being to come to harm. But, that’s not what’s happening. Although every thing looks fine from the surface, and Tik-Tok maintains the outward appearance of a mild-mannered robot, his agenda is murderously different. And, it’s not just because of his artistic tendencies and sympathy for the robot rights movement, either.
This witty chronicle of one abnormal machine-man, and his dealings with an assortment of deranged and maniacal humans, truly showcases the satirical genius of John Sladek.
Roderick is a robot pursued by authorities for having been illicitly conceived. He is on the road and growing up in a mad, morally bankrupt world.
John Sladek was one of SF’s premier satirists, and The Complete Roderick is his masterpiece—a dark comedy of artificial intelligence, previously split into Roderick (1980) and Roderick at Random (1983).
Roderick is an experimental robot, a well-meaning innocent who grows up and learns what it is to be human in the comic inferno of modern America. Being human isn’t much fun: bullied at school, diagnosed as mentally unstable for saying he’s a robot, forever in trouble for applying logic to religion…
Being a robot is tough: a sinister…