Thursday, January 15, 2009

Domo Arigato Mr. Roboto

Robots fascinate us. The ultimate dream for many humans is to have a machine that will do all of our difficult tasks. Science is working diligently toward that goal, trying to solve all the problems of physics that govern movement of materials. How many people seized on the idea of the Roomba to solve their house cleaning needs? And how many were just a little disappointed that they still had to get the corners of the room on their own? Nice idea, intriguing innovation, but not quite there yet.

While we wait for our fantasies to come true (and then what would we do with our time?), Robotech Art1 will give the robot enthusiast an eyeful of wonderful artistic portrayals of robots in anime. Robotech itself was a television series airing in 1985. This book is like new, and appears not to have been used at all. Any anime fan would LOVE to receive this and it's yours for $25 at Amazon1.
Human Robots in Myth and Science by John Cohen is a classic in its field. Published in 1966, this first American Edition explores the interrelationship of humans and the machines they design to look and acts like them. The dust jacket is slightly worn along the top edge, but this is a clean, tight copy that appears to be unused. For a collector, this is a true find. It's $22 at Amazon1.

Please remember that if you're a current Friend of Reston Regional Library, any book you see here or on our Amazon1 or Amazon2 sites is available to you directly, thus saving shipping. Just contact us.

Don't forget the mystery mini-sale running Feb 6-11 in the New Books area of Reston Regional Library! We'll look forward to seeing you there.


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