As you might imagine, Webster’s defines “robot” as “A machine which looks like a human being and performs various complex acts, but whose lack of capacity for human emotions is often emphasized.”
And, as Douglas Adams fan are almost certainly aware, the Marketing Division of the Sirius Cybernetics Corporation defines a robot as “Your plastic pal who’s fun to be with.”
Then there is Sid, the protagonist of Cognition: The Robot Uprise, a new comic whose first issue is already receiving significant acclaim. If you asked Sid –who is, in fact, a machine– to define “robot”, well…Sid might have an answer unlike any you have heard before.
Indeed, Cognition: The Robot Uprise is, itself, unlike anything you have recently experienced. A subversion and inversion of classic sci-fi paradigms, it’s also fantastically entertaining, and something you really ought to read.
On the next Outlook Portland, we’ll be joined by Cognition‘s author and creator, Mr. Aaron Cronan, along with graphic artist Matt Hopkins. They’ll discuss the book’s inspiration, creation, and evolution, and will give some clues about what the future holds…both for Sid and for Cognition itself.
The show will also feature another “Outlook Portland Editorial Reply”, brought to you by our marquee sponsor, Things From Another World. This week’s guest editorialist: the leader of the Decepticons…Megatron.