ME ROBOT - YOU ALIEN?

ME ROBOT - YOU ALIEN?


1985, fictitious bookcover with pseudo-review

ME ROBOT - YOU ALIEN? - Tumbleweed Press (Albuquerque, New Mexico, 1985). This is a treat for science fiction aficionados: the idiosyncratic pop artist Arthur C. Darke, known for what he himself calls his "Darke humour", presents 144 illustrations of fabulous science fiction works - from Jules Verne's FROM THE EARTH TO THE MOON to Stanislav Lem's SOLARIS, from H.G. Wells' WAR OF THE WORLDS to Ray Bradbury's MARTIAN CHRONICLES. The cover illustration refers to Isaac Asimov's anthology I, ROBOT; according to Darke, the robot's facial expression, his posture, and the position of his legs are somehow supposed to "reflect the three laws of robotics", i.e. Asimov's famous rules of ethics for robots. While this seems a trifle doubtful, the whole book does, in spite of its ridiculous title, capture the spirit of most of the works it claims to represent. - Note: The typeface used on the bookcover is actually called "Asimov" – now there's an in-joke… - © Bernd Wahlbrinck

Bernd Wahlbrinck