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Slaves of the Switchboard of Doom

(2017)
(The first book in the Retropolis series)
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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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Genre: Science Fiction    

Praise for this book

"Like a madcap retro-tech collaboration by Terry Pratchett and Isaac Asimov. I loved it!" - James Cambias

"...a madcap mash-up of retro-sf, full of fearless heroes and heroines dashing about like Flash Gordon meets the Keystone Cops." - Matthew Hughes

"Schenck presents the best future from our past. Robotastic and charming." - Lawrence M Schoen

"Funny and action-packed." - Allen Steele

"The golden age of science fiction gets a glorious upgrade." - Dayton Ward

"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


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Used availability for Bradley W Schenck's Slaves of the Switchboard of Doom

Hardback Editions

June 2017 : USA Hardback
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Title: Slaves of the Switchboard of Doom: A Novel of Retropolis
Author(s): Bradley W Schenck
ISBN: 0-7653-8329-2 / 978-0-7653-8329-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Tor Books
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Paperback Editions

November 2018 : USA Paperback
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Title: Slaves of the Switchboard of Doom: A Novel of Retropolis
Author(s): Bradley W Schenck
ISBN: 0-7653-8330-6 / 978-0-7653-8330-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Tor Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


Kindle Editions

June 2017 : USA, , Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Slaves of the Switchboard of Doom: A Novel of Retropolis
Author(s): Bradley W Schenck
Publisher: Tor Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA