(Alexis Soloski’s article appeared in the Village Voice, 4/13.)

Samuel and Alasdair: A Personal History of the Robot War

Anxiety takes to the airwaves in sci-fi Siberia

The next time you're tempted to curse your just-crashed computer or give your microwave a good thwacking, think again. They could be watching. In the pleasantly eccentric and unexpectedly poignant Samuel and Alasdair: A Personal History of the Robot War, at the Brick, writers Marc Bovino and Joe Curnutte offer an alternate world history in which technology has long since turned against us. Sometime in 1959, intelligent machines with laser-beam eyes and giant claws suddenly emerged out of the earth and destroyed all of North America, rendering it utterly uninhabitable.


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