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Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Skin Jobs

So last night, again in my insomnia, I read a Philip K. Dick short story in which two undercover cop robots sacrifice themselves in order to save a pinball machine. Now this isn't comical as you might think; it's just the way things are in PKD's universe. Anyway, all the robot action reminded me of a Stranglers song called "Hey! (Rise of the Robots)":

Hey! (hey, hey, what do you say?)
Get out of their way (hey, hey, what do you say?)
Hey! (hey, hey, what do you say?)
Of get way their out (hey, hey, what do you say?)
They're gonna want a union soon
Oil break that's dead on noon
Hey! (hey, hey, what do you say?)
Their way out of get (hey, hey, what do you say?)
You won't have to grease their palms
Shorter hours longer arms
Rise just watch them rise
The rise of the robots
Versatran Series F!
Metal fashioned into man
No ticker I could drop a tear
They're good workers, they don't get bored
Don't get mad at bosses yet
Rise just watch them rise
The rise of the robots
Versatran Series F!
Hey! Get out of their way (hey, hey, what do you say?)
Hey! Get out of their way
Just watch them rise
The rise of the robots
Versatran Series F!

5 Comments:

Blogger Suki said...

You can see a picture of a real versatran here:

http://www.geocities.com/Area51/Station/3173/versatran.html

I have seen food processors that could do more.

4:04 PM  
Blogger X. Dell said...

It's been so long that I can't remember the title. But that was the first Dick story I ever read (it was at the beginning of the anthology).

7:49 PM  
Blogger Johnny said...

"Return Match" in the "The Golden Man" anthology, second story.

9:44 AM  
Blogger Johnny said...

not anthology, collection, pardon my error.

12:04 PM  
Blogger X. Dell said...

Sorry. Johnny you're right on, my mistake. I'm up here in the library with the "collection" in hand. It is the second story.

3:05 PM  

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