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The Robot in the Closet

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Sara Tenbrook intended to shake down her family tree. She was proud of her distinguished ancestors...and besides there was a matter of a lost fortune waiting somewhere among the centuries past. So she rented a time machine and invited her boy friend along.

The time machine was a robot. It could climb down to any branch of the old Tenbrook family tree and take them with it.
Paperback, 160 pages
Published 1981 by Daw
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Dec 27, 2020 rated it liked it
The Robot in the Closet isn't a part of any of Goulart's series, but shares many of the same tropes and gags as one might find on Murdstone or in the offices of Odd Jobs or Wild Talents. There's a perky young woman, her laconic boy friend, and a madcap malfunctioning machine, the titular robot... who also happens to be a time machine. It's a typical absurd romp by Goulart, no logic or realism but with lots of silly laughs along the way. ...more
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I've been reading Melvin B. Tolson's "Harlem Gallery" and Other Poems since November of 2014. I have enormous respect for it but it's been slow going & I've been taking frequent breaks to read 'lighter' works that're quicker to read & easier to review. 6 so far, this being the 7th - w/ more to follow. When will I finally finish & review the Tolson?!

This is the 36th SF bk I've read by Goulart. One cd
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I picked this up from a bookshop in Miami International airport in the early 80s. I was about 12 and loved it.
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Ron Goulart is a cultural historian and novelist. Besides writing extensively about pulp fiction—including the seminal Cheap Thrills: An Informal History of Pulp Magazines (1972)—Goulart has written for the pulps since 1952, when the Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction published his first story, a sci-fi parody of letters to the editor. Since then he has written dozens of novels and countless sh ...more

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