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Slaves of the Switchboard of Doom

Slaves of the Switchboard of Doom

A Novel of Retropolis

Bradley W. Schenck

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ROCKETS. ROBOTS. DEATH RAYS. MAD SCIENCE. THE FUTURE THAT NEVER WAS IS BACK.

If Fritz Lang’s Metropolis somehow mated with Futurama, their mutant offspring might well be Slaves of the Switchboard of Doom. Inspired by the future imagined in the 1939 World Fair, this hilarious, beautifully illustrated adventure by writer and artist Bradley W. Schenck is utterly unlike anything else in science fiction: a gonzo, totally bonkers, gut-busting look at the World of Tomorrow, populated with dashing, bubble-helmeted heroes, faithful robot sidekicks, mad scientists, plucky rocket engineers, sassy switchboard operators, space pirates, and much, much more—enhanced throughout by two dozen astonishing illustrations.

After a surprise efficiency review, the switchboard operators of Retropolis are replaced by a mysterious system beyond their comprehension. Dash Kent, freelance adventurer and apartment manager, is hired to get to the bottom of it, and discovers that the replacement switchboard is only one element of a plan concocted by an insane civil engineer: a plan so vast that it reaches from Retropolis to the Moon. And no one—not the Space Patrol, nor the Fraternal League of Robotic Persons, nor the mad scientists of Experimental Research District, nor even the priests of the Temple of the Spider God, will know what hit them.

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THE TEMPLE OF THE SPIDER GOD


TUESDAY, 1:42 PM

The Scarlet Robots of Lemuria had begun to climb the walls of the citadel by the time Dash remembered...

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Praise for Slaves of the Switchboard of Doom

“Grab your ray pistol and get ready, because Slaves of the Switchboard of Doom is Bradley Schenck’s delightful, loving tribute to a future often imagined yet never realized. Welcome to Retropolis!” —Dayton Ward, New York Times bestselling author of Star Trek: Elusive Salvation

“You might think (as I did at first) that this is not your kind of SF, but it is. Slaves of the Switchboard of Doom is the novel you've been waiting for -- you just didn't know it. Not only can Bradley Schenck write (his arch, blithe tone hides a skillfully constructed plot), he's an amazing artist. I love the setting, the characters, the sly references. This novel gave me a happy buzz. Remember when SF used to be upbeat and fun? Well, the fun is back and it's right here.” —F. Paul Wilson, New York Times bestselling author of Repairman Jack

“Schenck presents the best future from our past. Robotastic and charming.” —Lawrence M. Schoen, author of Barsk: The Elephants' Graveyard

“Like a madcap retro-tech collaboration by Terry Pratchett and Isaac Asimov. I loved it!” —Jamies Cambias, author of A Darkling Sea

“Funny and action-packed.” —Allen Steele, author of Arkwright

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Bradley W. Schenck

BRADLEY W. SCHENCK is the owner and operator of the web site Retropolis, which showcases his unique retro-futurist artwork. He has been a digital artist, art director, and video game developer. Bradley is the author of The Lair of the Clockwork Book.

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