Hal Spacejock 1: A Robot Named Clunk
Publisher: Bowman Press
Category: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Science Fiction, Adventure, Galactic Empire, Teen & Young Adult, Literature & Fiction, Humorous
Description and OverviewClunk's grateful when his boss sends him off for a refit, because old robots are usually junked.
But you just know there's a catch. I mean, come on, Clunk's a little naive, but he's an intelligent robot.
Turns out the workshop is on the next planet, and Clunk's boss wants him to carry out a trivial task while he's there: help a freelancer pick up some cargo.
It's a simple job, straight in and out ... but don't be late.
How can he refuse? Clunk's a certified co-pilot, so landing in a deserted field under cover of darkness, avoiding customs ships, orbital lasers and trigger-happy warships along the way, is not a problem. Plus he's a robot, so he has no choice.
Unfortunately the freelance pilot is a much bigger challenge, because Hal Spacejock is obstinate, over-confident, and woefully under-skilled, and yet he refuses to cede control of his ship to a mere robot.
Worse, Hal's only got 24 hours to pay off his debts, or he'll lose his ship ... and his life.
Can the two of them sort out their differences and deliver the cargo, or will they still be wrestling over the controls when both deadlines expire?
A Robot Named Clunk is one part buddy movie, two parts laughter and three parts madcap adventure.
Set in the distant future, where humanity spans the galaxy and robots are second-class citizens, this is the first novel in the Hal Spacejock series. (The first three novels are available in a box set called Omnibus One, which is usually cheaper than buying them individually. Omnibus Two is also available.)
These novels are self-contained, with a beginning, a middle and a proper ending. They're not sequels, they don't end on a cliffhanger, and you could start or end your journey with any book in the series. Some events from earlier books are referenced in later ones, so it makes sense to read them in order, but it's not essential.
There's also a new spin-off series, Harriet Walsh, featuring the popular Peace Force character from Hal Spacejock 4: No Free Lunch.