“Pornorobots and video games that kill” — I’m pretty sure that’s just the Internet.

§ December 4th, 2013 § Filed under paperbacks § 6 Comments

So here’s one of those books that’s been sitting on my shelves at home for about three decades now:

I bought it from the local Waldenbooks (R.I.P.), having spotted this blurb on its cover:

…since I was totally in the bag for The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy and certainly in the market for something similar to read.

From what I can recollect via my vague, age-addled memories of the actual experience of reading the book, it wasn’t quite the madcap zaniness I was primed to expect from the Hitchhiker’s Guide comparison. My sense was that it was certainly a denser book, packed with more information and detail than the casual experience of the Douglas Adams oeuvre, and maybe one I wasn’t quite just ready to experience yet.

Here’s the back cover, to show you what I was up against:

Well, if Coast to Coast AM regular Whitley Streiber liked it, certainly I should give it another go. In fact, I keep meaning to. Every once in a while, I’ll glance at its spine on my bookshelf, and always the quiet half-formed thought “I should reread that” flashes through my brain for the split-second the title registers with me. It used to be that I’d reread books on a fairly regular basis, but now I have a lot more books (and comics!) and more new ones arriving on a regular basis, revisiting old tomes is a luxury I just don’t have much time for. But Terra is different, mostly because I suspect my desire for another Hitchhiker’s may have colored my initial reading, and I want to give it a fairer shake than I did.

And even if I never get around to reading it again, at least I have that peculiar cover to enjoy.

6 Responses to ““Pornorobots and video games that kill” — I’m pretty sure that’s just the Internet.”

  • Old Bull Lee says:

    That back cover reminds me of the trade dress on recent editions of Philip K. Dick books.

    And combining “madcap” with Philip K. Dick seems to fit the description.

  • JB says:

    Wow. I could’ve written this post exactly (though I don’t remember if I got it at Waldenbooks…)

    (Ok, and I’m not sure I can still find my copy.)

  • Same here. Exact same. Bought it because of the blurb, tried multiple times to read, never did. Eventually got rid of it.

  • Jack says:

    I’m trying to figure out how I missed that book myself, given I spent most of my formative years hanging out in either a video game arcade or a Waldenbooks. I would have fallen for that blurb too.

  • Joe Littrell says:

    I got suckered in to buying this book – http://www.amazon.com/Mallworld-Somtow-Sucharitkul/dp/0812555139 – at a Waldenbooks for exactly the same reason. The 80s should have ushered in a law banning the phrase “since the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy”.

  • CG says:

    Bless you, Mike. I remember seeing this once at a used book shop when I was a teenager and not buying it. I am just thrilled to know I didn’t dream its existence.