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Right - the movie I, Robot wasn't actually based on an Asimov story at all - it was originally based on a screenplay titled "Hardwired" by Jeff Vintar. The screenplay was given a few concepts and characters from Asimov's Robot short stories. The Asimov "I, Robot" wasn't a story at all - it was the first collection of robot series short stories!

I wish Hollywood would leave Philip K Dick's stories alone - I don't think any author has had as many stories ruined by the movies as poor Philip K Dick.


Somehow prophetic that his brain exploded on the eve of the premiere of Blade Runner. He must have known deep down that was going to be the high water mark.

 

 

Now it has been ages since I read I Robot, and a neat story about a "Werebot" is coming to mind. I think I may have things confused and it may have been written by another author. Any ideas.

 

 

PS if you get the chance have a listen to Tod Machover's Valis an opera based on Dick's two books.

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I was about to comment that Blade Runner was superb, but it really is the lone exception in a chain of mediocre-to-horrific adaptations ("The Adjustment Bureau" wasn't awful, just not particularly good).
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I was about to comment that Blade Runner was superb, but it really is the lone exception in a chain of mediocre-to-horrific adaptations ("The Adjustment Bureau" wasn't awful, just not particularly good).

I just realized that I have no idea what you guys are talking about because I'm a bit too young for blade runner........

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Watch it Veyron, you will love it.
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I used to read Isaac Asimov, Brian Aldis, Poul Anderson, Piers Anthony, J G Ballard, Alfred Bester, Robert Bloch, Ben Bova, Ray Bradbury, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Arthur C Clarke, Michael Crichton, L Sprague de Camp, Lester Del Ray, Philip K Dick, Stephen Donaldson, Harlan Ellison, Philip Jose Farmer, Alan Dean Foster, Hugo Gernsback (The father of Sci-Fi), Harry Harrison, Robert  Heinlein, Brian Herbert, Fred Hoyle, Aldous Huxley, Dean R Kroonz, Keith Laumer, Ursula Le Guin, Fritz Lieber, Stanislaw Lem, C S Lewis, Anne McCaffrey, Walter M Miller Jr, Michael Moorcock, Andre Norton, Goerge Orwell, Frederick Pohl, Fred Saberhagen, Robert Silverberg, Clifford D Simak, Cort Siodmak, Cordwainer Smith, E E Doc Smith, George O Smith, Norman Spinrad, Brian Stableford, Theodore Sturgeon, Jack Vance, A E van Vogt, Jules Verne, Kurt Vonnegut Jr, H G Wells, John Wyndham, Roger Zelazny, among others.

It all started when my father bought home a penny dreadful paperback of Edgar Rice Burroughs' book "The Chessmen Of Mars.

It ended with over 200 Sci-Fi novels.

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Tell me this doesn't look like fun! 

 

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Werebot? Hmm - nothing comes immediately to mind. There was a short story by Roger Zelazny (under a pen name) called "The Stainless Steel Leech" about a robot vampire: http://www.e-reading-lib.com/chapter.php/73093/4/Zelazny_-_The_Last_Defender_Of_Camelot.html

And, of course, the Futurama episode "The Honking"...
http://www.watchcartoononline.com/futurama-episode-218-the-honking
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This has been making the rounds on the forums and websites the past few days. It might be a hoax, but it's claimed to be some sort of new debut. There's 60 comments on it at Carscoops, which usually only gets about three or four an article. Any ideas? The only reasons I'm considering it credible is because Jalopnik ran with it and because the design language is very professional. It's not something that looks like a college project or cheap photoshop job.

 

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That new Opel Monza concept?
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That grill looks like a Volvo... tongue.gif
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I'm stuck between Volvo, Kia, and Citroen, but a lot of people are pointing to the wheel hub shape and claiming that it's a new Chrysler 300 replacement.

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OK - so I have a topic for discussion: Let's suppose you were going to buy a car (new or used) that you plan to drive until it has at least 150K+ miles. What would you buy? You should consider the entire experience - longevity, total cost of ownership, comfort, economy, performance, style, etc. But it will be your ONLY car for the next 150K+ miles.

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Werebot? Hmm - nothing comes immediately to mind. There was a short story by Roger Zelazny (under a pen name) called "The Stainless Steel Leech" about a robot vampire: http://www.e-reading-lib.com/chapter.php/73093/4/Zelazny_-_The_Last_Defender_Of_Camelot.html

And, of course, the Futurama episode "The Honking"...
http://www.watchcartoononline.com/futurama-episode-218-the-honking


Thats the one! Thanks. Gawd its been decades since I read that. I was quite amused to read Zelazny's referencing to "The Last Man on Earth" in that story..

 

Futurama, I'm only waiting to join the TMAC crown until such time as I can find an excuse to use the TOFU eating Tiger as an Avatarbiggrin.gif

 

 

That or Kifs first step off the ship on Stumbos 4

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I'm stuck between Volvo, Kia, and Citroen, but a lot of people are pointing to the wheel hub shape and claiming that it's a new Chrysler 300 replacement.


I'm leaning toward the Volvo myself.

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Toyota Camry or Ford/GM/Chrysler midsize sedans.

Would never buy one but admit they have a few positives about them and btw all those qualities can never be found in a single car. Economy and performance rarely go hand in hand with good styling.
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