Penny Arcade can stop asking what people want. If they have an idea like this ready to go:

The second concept is Automata, nineteen-twenties crime fiction which unfolds in a time where “machine intellect” has been outlawed. It wasn’t always, certainly, and the problem of what to do with the existing “stock” of fully sentient, mechanical citizens endures. Detective Regal and his stenophone Carl Swangee traverse the margin where these worlds overlap.

…then they can just get on with it, and they can save the third one for later. Don’t get me wrong; Lookouts looks like it’d be fun. But to hell with fun; I want mechanical men noir, dammit.

Moe Lane

PS: Let me put it this way: I would buy this.


  • rpboyer says:

    Seemed to me this wasn’t really a new idea, more an extension of the character of “Pero” from Osamu Tezuka’s “Metropolis”: a robot detective assigned to a human investigator as his assistant. It’s been a long time since I saw it, but I remember a great deal of “racial” hatred directed towards robots in that material as well. Actually, the whole “hatred of robots” thing was evident in lots of Osamu Tezuka’s stories.

  • Author says:

    Asimov explored these themes too.

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