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Slaves of the Switchboard of Doom is unlike anything else in genre fiction: a gonzo, totally bonkers vision of the future imagined in the 1939 World Fair—a hilarious, illustrated retro-futurist adventure by artist and debut novelist Bradley W. Schenck. It's a gut-busting look at the World of Tomorrow, populated with dashing, jet-packed heroes, faithful robot sidekicks, mad scientists, plucky rocket engineers, sassy switchboard operators, space pirates, bubble-helmeted canine companions, and more.
After a surprise efficiency review, the switchboard operators of Retropolis find themselves replaced by a mysterious system they don't understand. Nola Gardner pools their severance pay to hire Dash Kent, freelance adventurer and apartment manager, to find out what happened. Dash 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.
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April 16, 2017
This book is another in the recently growing trend to update and display the adventuresome glories of the SF of yesteryear!
... and I have to admit that it's a rather fun ride. :)
Where else can you find a hero's name quite so dashing? And then there are the funny bits.. and there are quite a...
June 08, 2017
If I were you, I'd just read this book already. But stick around, if you want to find out why. You can also read this review on my blog if you want better formatting.
So let's ignore the somewhat tacky cover for a bit. (I'm glad I can look past the cover. I'm better than that! But I know that I...
June 15, 2017
Originally reviewed at Bookwraiths.
My rating is 3.5 stars.
Slaves of the Switchboard of Doom surprised me, startled me even, because it was so damn much fun! A word I seldom use when referring to modern science fiction; a genre which seems to take itself too damn seriously most of the time. But, t...
June 13, 2017
3.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2017/06/13/...
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This year seems to be setting the trend for retro-style reads making a comeback. Indeed, if you’re feeling nostalgic...
July 23, 2017
This book is ridiculous, and that's why I liked it.
It's a tribute to past authors (not least Asimov and Pratchett, but many others too).
It uses pulp tropes in a modern approach without the unconscious sexism and with a new look at how humans and robots might interact.
All in the context of a fa...
August 29, 2017
Pros: great characters, nice extrapolation of 30s SF tech
Cons: drags a bit
When Nola Gardner’s entire team of switchboard operators is laid off, she hires Kelvin ‘Dash’ Kent, a professional adventurer, to investigate who replaced them. Rusty, a unique robot person, is being followed when he uncove...
April 09, 2017
An unusual book, in an enjoyable way; full of the tropes of 1930s pulp adventure, and yet told in a matter-of-fact, wry style rather than the hyperbolic manner of the early pulps. The chapter headings are the most hyperbolic thing about it; everything else is, if anything, understated. The hero a...
June 15, 2017
Slaves of the Switchboard of Doom: A Novel of Retropolis is one of those self-consciously retro works that pokes fun at the source material. But don’t get the wrong idea. This is entirely done from love. Schenck takes the 1939 World’s Fair vision of the future and the pulps and runs with it, havi...
August 08, 2017
This is my favorite read of the summer!!
I love steampunk. (No, this is not steampunk; just hear me out, OK?) I love the whole concept of a world where science reality continued as it was in around 1870 or so: no electricity, but steam and clockwork and Darwinism not thoroughly understood and ethe...
February 10, 2018
This novel was just plain fun.
As others have mentioned, it's sort of a homage to Golden Age science fiction, but he extrapolates in a fun way. Mad science! Mad engineers with slide rules! Switchboard operators manually switching windows on your tablet to the information requested! Goofy physics!...