Ok, so here’s the deal.

We have a few ARCs of Hard Spell by Justin Gustainis and The World House: Restoration by Guy Adams left in the office.

Would you like one?

If so, here’s what we want you to do:

In the comments section of this thread, give us the URL of something robot-related. Could be an image, an article, a song, whatever.

The ones that meet our arbitrary guidelines for winning (which we will probably make up on the spot) will win. Along with your link, simply state which book you would prefer, should you win. You’ll need to put your email address in so we can contact you, but that won’t show up in the comments (unless you type it into the comments box itself, of course. Duh).

Because we realise that Restoration needs you to have read The World House before you can fully enjoy it, we’re going to throw in a copy of that, too.

Now go – find some ‘bots. Deadline is Monday 13th June, 8.00am (GMT, or BST, or whatever the hell it is at the moment – UK time, anyway).


  1. Joey and his co-star, robot C.H.E.E.S.E., from the fictional TV show Mac & C.H.E.E.S.E. from the series Friends.


    I would love to win Hard Spell

  2. Mark Brown makes the most amazing robot clocks from recycled materials. Before I saw his work, I always thought robots were a little creepy, but he revealed their potential for fun:


    I would love The World House: Restoration (and its prequel), but I’m not picky; Hard Spell sounds wonderful, too!

  3. http://acreativeuniverse.com/Christopher/robotpaintingdrunkblue/

    I choose Hard Spell. I already own World House and have the sequel preordered.

  4. Michael Matheson

    I cannot believe that no one has brought up Penny Arcade’s “Automata” comic arc. For shame.

    Though there are two distinct story arcs for this material – “Automata” and “Blood and Oil” – the later one is I think arguably better and so I’ve provided the link to the first comic in the latter (“Blood and Oil”) sequence (from July 23, 2010):


    If this comment proves to be the winning entry I choose to receive a copy of “The World House: Restoration”, partly because you’ve offered to bundle it with “The World House” and partly because Guy Adams is an exceptionally good writer.

  5. http://www.eggshell-robotics.com/pictures/intergalactic_robot_002.png

    The robot from the Intergalactic Planetary video by The Beastie Boys!


  6. http://e-shuushuu.net/images/2009-03-18-151063.jpeg

    The World House: Restoration by Guy Adams please.

  7. Go with the classic:


    World House would be my preference.

  8. One of the best robot designs from the 1970’s


  9. http://www.etsy.com/listing/72982016/metropolis-robot-kilt-safety-brooch-mini

    Hard Spell would be great, as I’ve been waiting for a new Justin Gustainis book for a while

  10. I’d love a copy of Restoration! This is an artist that makes awesome steampunk jewelry. Here’s one of their cooler scupltures! πŸ™‚


  11. Old Glory Insurance! “Robots are everywhere, and they eat old people’s medicine for fuel.”


    I’d love HARD SPELL. Thanks!

  12. http://www.collectiondx.com/

    Japanese robot toy site that will make you realize how badly you need many, many Japanese robot toys, even if you’ve never heard of them before.

  13. A 24-hour comic I did in 2006 about an antennaed private eye and his robot sidekick: http://www.nathanshumate.com/?page_id=1197

  14. It’s older, it’s traditional, it’s sincere — it’s also the first song about robots I ever heard, so it’s nostalgic. A girl and her metal love. Awww.

    #12 on the soundtrack (scroll down to hear individual tracks): “Silver”


    Restoration would be awesome! (Yanks are eligible, right? If not, the song’s still a heart-tugger. Go. Listen.)

  15. PR2 learns to bake cookies at MIT. http://t.co/aGn7q3Q

  16. http://www.uglybaby.co.uk/?p=8188

    Robo-racism – The one kind of racism that’s ok

    Could I please have ‘Restoration’.

  17. Here’s a nice song about a robot looking for love:

    Just try getting it out of your head.

  18. SanAntoneTx: http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Mechanical-Walking-Robotboy/112644825451392 Either Restoration or Hardspell, surprize me. mm/austintx

  19. http://www.robots-dreams.com/2011/05/angry-robot.html

    If I’m picked, “Hard Spell” would be cool.

  20. Oh, forgot this – if Endhiran did tickle your arbitrary guidelines, either book will do, thanks, although Restoration sounds more my thing.

  21. There’s a Tamil movie called “Endhiran The Robot” with Rajnikanth (a phenomenally famous actor from South India). His movies are generally centred around how great a chap he is.

    For your viewing pleasure (and pain, trust me), since my comment is about the movie and you should definitely not waste your time watching the whole thing:

    Two absolutely stunning action sequences – http://youtu.be/7yBnl_krN_U

    A few delectable scenes, including the title sequence – http://youtu.be/tmSGpe41ZvA

    A “robot dance sequence” from the movie – http://youtu.be/Rkpke0HcDqI

    Unrelated bonus if you live in the UK, a robot exhibition at Chatham – http://bit.ly/kqAoqP

  22. When I was growing up, I had a robot. I swear that no robot before or since has equaled it in coolness – and I certainly no that no robot is able to evoke such amazingly strong feelings of nostalgia. I loved that robot, and I only wish I knew what had happened to it.

    It’s catchphrase?

    “I am Tommy the Robot. Please give my best wishes to everybody.”

    Who could ask for a more wonderful automaton? I love Tommy. I hope he loves me.

    A video of Tommy can be seen below, just to give you an idea of how awesome he is/was.


  23. When Robots Rule the Library: http://bit.ly/mM51t7

    The World House: Restoration please, if I win. πŸ™‚

  24. http://mostlynerdycrochet.blogspot.com/2011/04/i-cant-stay-mad-at-what-is-essentially.html – Bender will win for sure! πŸ˜‰
    If it happens I’d like the “Restoration”, please (I have already bought “World House”).

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