|Roy Marvin & Eve Bishop, No, Robot, No!
Cover: Jason Morton
Two mysterious figures conspire to produce a mechanism of collaborative poetry on the subject of our anthropometallic friends. Whether in the guise of hairdressers, assassins, patients or pets, synthetic heroes and villains travel through this pamphlet in confusion and curiosity. From famous film and literary automatons to intimate portraits of the droid in the street, No, Robot, No! is a zoom-mode look at the everyday lives of superbeings.
“Such heroic nonsense!” – Megatron
“Oh, yes, that’s very good, I like that… Oh!” – C-3PO
“[tinny roar]” – Mechagodzilla
Robot-sparrow, my moon-queen’s pet and play-thing,
whom she loves to fill up with bolts and filings,
sometimes sitting you on her lap to tease you,
prodding you with an unsheathed index finger.
Call it ants in her pants or call it longing,
how she needs you to nip her with your tin beak,
a little pain to throw off a larger pain.
Frak and frell, were you mine, I’d do the same thing –
anything to put out my groin’s Wolf-Rayet!
(kind of like when that princess-hungry Solo
found out Luke was her brother – exeunt knickers.)
About the Authors:
Roy Marvin is a community service bot who writes poetry during his oil changes. He has only 500,000 more time blocks to work before he graduates from waste disposal to park patrol. He can’t wait to see his first real squirrel.
Eve Bishop is an ex-assassabot who collects boxes. At the time of writing she has 50,936 boxes.