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Farewell To The Master

Auhtor: Harry Bates

Language: english
Published: 1940

Genres:

science fiction,  short story collection,  post 1930
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Review by Bob Tobias, November 2009


Rating: (****)
Copyright: Public Domain in the U.S.
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Summary of the Book 'Farewell To The Master':

I disagree with Gil that the 1951 movie left out the surprise punchline. While that ending was not used as-is it was implicate in the background that Klaatu gave in his speech to the Scientists. Since I do not want to give away that ending I can not be more explicate but if you think about it you can see how that ending was morphed into the scenario about the status of the Robots used in the movie.

Excerpts from the Book 'Farewell To The Master':


... and at once the noises of the crowd lessened. The recorded lecture was about to be given. Cliff sighed. He knew the thing by heart had even been ...
... what happened here three months ago, if indeed you did not see it for yourself in the telescreen, the voice went on. The few facts are briefly told. ...
... Where had the traveler come from. Who were its occupants. Why had they come to Earth. Above all, why did they not show themselves. Were they perhaps ...
... now, as you can see from either end, a partitioned workroom has been set up where the attempt still goes on. So far its wonderful greenish metal has ...
... from his knowledge of the building, he made his plan. The wing was connected with the western end of the museum by a doorway, never used, and extended ...
... one he had maintained these last three months, in the darkness, in the rain, and this last week in the museum. Cliff made up his mind not to give ...
... was it singing there. He waited, full of curiosity. Then suddenly he was aware of Gnut, standing just outside the port of the ship. He stood quite still, ...
... but again he completely forgot the picture. The gorilla kept falling back down the building, demolishing with terrific bursts of rage every robot attendant ...
... mystery it seemed there could be no rational explanation for them. That mockingbird. The gorilla. Gnut's sad expression and his tenderness. What could ...
... floor this morning. The rest were found on the robot attendants.. Cliff tried to look astounded. Gus pointed to a test tube partly filled with a ...
... the port. He heard a thudding noise within the ship, then out the door flew the shadow of what was surely a human being. Gasping and half stumbling, ...
... was making a lecture recording, Stillwell said, when suddenly I found myself here.or I mean in there - . He broke off and showed a return of ...
... Then suddenly the lights of the wing flooded on. In control of himself now, Cliff went back. He entered. He had left Gnut standing in thought at ...
... sir. Cliff, with an effort, held on to his composure, but he was swept by a wave of shame. A man hitherto silent rescued him by saying:. A ...
... a little, and the same brooding expression on his face but now there was something more. He was solidly encased in a huge block of transparent ...
... were aimed at the door, but not their guns. The grounds about the building contained only one spot - the hollow where the great tank was - ...
... a twinkling Gnut was bathed in narrow crisscrossing rays of sizzling, colored light. Behind him the metal doors began to melt, but his great green body ...
... filled several small tables he could not recognize or guess the function of a single piece. Dominating the center of the room was a long metal table ...
... his face came the faint, tired smile. Cliff's tongue was locked. He just stared, hoping for light. Klaatu seemed to read his mind. I see you don't ...
... Now, as the green metal robot stood framed in the great green ship, he seized his chance. Gnut, he said earnestly, holding carefully the limp body ...