Comics Science Fiction

Read Not All Robots

Read Not All Robots

In the year 2056, robots have replaced human beings in the workforce. An uneasy co-existence develops between the newly intelligent robots and the ten billion humans living on Earth. Every human family is assigned a robot upon whom they are completely reliant. What could possibly go wrong? Meet the Walters, a human family whose robot, Razorball, ominously spends his free time in the garage working on machines which they’re pretty sure are designed to kill them in this sci-fi satire from Mark Russell (The Flintstones, Second Coming) and Mike Deodato Jr. (The Amazing Spider-Man, The Resistance).

Biting satire without emotional depth. The commentary is spot on, but all the characters are caricatures. Maybe a little too on the nose? Fine for what it is — I generally prefer a bit more nuance. I liked the robot art and the use of halftones in the shading.


Watched some science and math videos

Science Fiction

Watched Chappie

Watched Chappie from

In the near future, crime is patrolled by a mechanized police force. When one police droid, Chappie, is stolen and given new programming, he becomes the first robot with the ability to think and feel for himself.

I was not expecting that ending! I liked it though.

They did such a good job with Chappie’s rabbit ears. Between the ears and the “eyebrows” and “mouth” he’s very expressive.

Hugh Jackman was almost unrecognizable to me with the mullet 😂 He made a good dumb bad guy.

Science Fiction Writing

Read Set My Heart to Five

Read Set My Heart to Five by Simon Stephenson

Jared works as a dentist in small-town Michigan. His life is totally normal, except for one thing. He is a bot engineered with human DNA to look and act like a real person.

One day at a screening of a classic movie, Jared feels a strange sensation around his eyes. Everyone knows that bots can’t feel emotions, but as the theater lights come on, Jared is almost certain he’s crying.

This was weird but interesting. Very strong voice on the verge of annoying but for me stayed just enough on the side of distinctive. Lots of repeated catch phrases, but that fit with the bot main character. I didn’t especially like the screenplay elements but they worked and fit the story. Didn’t see the 70% reveal coming. The ending frustrated me but fit the story’s internal narrative.