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Proud Robot (Hamlyn science fiction) Paperback – 10 Mar 1983

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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Hamlyn (10 Mar. 1983)
  • ISBN-10: 0600384047
  • ISBN-13: 978-0600384045
  • Product Dimensions: 17.6 x 11 x 1.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 186,538 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I read two of these stories in a large anthology of vintage " golden age" SF. and was moved to buy this work on being reminded of how entertaining it's double-headed author ( Catherine or C.L. Moore, and husband Henry Kuttner, AKA Lewis Padgett and Lawrence O'Donnell and others) were.
It's taken till now, some sixty years on from when I first started reading this kind of stuff, for me to sort out the convoluted web of pen names and aliases used by the old pulp magazine and paperback authors.It took that most SF of institutions, "The Net" to do it. I shall now be taking great pleasure in tracking down more of their work. Sure, a lot of the Pseudo-Science and general philosophy is well out of date in some respects, but it's still good entertainment. Try some!.
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I borrowed this from a local library over 20 years ago, but never saw it back there after that. Promptly forgot about and when became a regular on here hoped beyond hope it was available-and yes I was happy when it was.

It's a short series of tales about an alcoholic inventor called Galloway Gallagher,who barely eating and existing only on a huge intake of booze manages to run into trouble with the mob, film companies, the law and in one book space aliens-basically a few people commission him to invent something and the lead character often drinks the advance money, gets utterly rat-arsed and combines the required inventions into one single device-usually leading him into all sorts of trouble.

The title comes from his best and funniest creation "Joe"-built while drunk and with no known purpose, the dialogue between them is brilliant.

Excellent book, bringing back many memories
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) HASH(0x997f6f3c) out of 5 stars 2 reviews
HASH(0x998caf00) out of 5 stars The story and the names 28 Sept. 2012
By Dr. Whom - Published on
I only know the title story, but it's a classic and well worth the money. Our here, Gallagher (or Galloway, iirc: the author got mixed up between tales), is a great engineer and inventor... especially when he's very drunk. So he doesn't remember what he built this super-robot for...

Speaking of getting mixed up on names, the author's last name is Kuttner, with two T's, not one.
HASH(0x998b533c) out of 5 stars Oldie but goodie. 8 Jan. 2012
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Was delighted to find this old favorite from my teenage years. Still laugh out loud. Great find from the golden age of sci-fi.
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