Monday 13 May 2013


For those of you who are confused by the title, a coverbot is like a covergirl, but with more hydraulics. There have been a number of covers for Isaac Asimov's The Naked Sun, but this one, which looks like it is by Chris Foss, is my favourite:

The robot depicted is clearly very proud of the way his creator(s) chose to equip him. The way that his eye-boxes cast shadows from sun cast across his metallic 'face', his 'hands' in close proximity to his hips, the firm stability of his more than shoulder width stance and the strategic positioning of a spaceship all come together to say, "I may not be able to hurt the punie humans, but they ride in the glory of my robo-manhood."

It's subtle, but it's there.

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