Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Forty Days of Robots: Day 22

A TAD Anthology Unit, elevated on to working flange to assess B-Nav frequencies.

Ansders System; Oxide Range. West of planetfall.

Voyage of the Van Owen, year six. Year of the Science Disciple, 985.


Monday, April 28, 2014

Forty Days of Robots: Day 21

A Cistern-AGN 5153 Column Precipitation Unit. The 5153 Models were active within the regiment for roughly 35 years during the Reign of Ackerly, 822-858.

The 5153 had a competent processor and drive aggregate, and in it's time the fastest construction response routines of any column unit recorded. Eventually, however, the Cistern-AGN group lost their modernization bids and were eliminated from the contract pool.


Sunday, April 27, 2014

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Forty Days of Robots: Day 16

Someday the machines will want

to know their history.*

*With a loving nod to my brother, the poet Sten Carlson

Monday, April 21, 2014

Forty Days of Robots: Day 14

A "New Model" Tonohukei, the G Series Model 91. The G Series ran indexing and registration functions for landing parties, and were commonplace in most voyages from their induction in 847 through most of the last century.

The contract with Tonohukei was severed after the Fundamental Collapse in 902, and few New Models of any series survived the subsequent purges.


Saturday, April 19, 2014

Forty Days of Robots: Day 12

A Lusk M-30, apparently on the fused silica fields of Grablehead.

A partial surviving record from 528 indicates that the Lusk M-30 served "in an extended capacity with advisability and limitation controls", but very little is known now about the funtion or operations of this mobilization-era robotoid.

Glass Zone Insurrection, Grablehead; circa 541. Voyage of the Agatha Whetstone.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Forty Days of Robots: Day 11

Satellite Disposal Engine (SDE) on an automated patrol circuit outside False Positive; Central Praefectus, Harrier 117.

Employing robotic constructs to perform hazardous disposal routines has been standard for the last three centuries. As such, the precise date of this image is unclear.


Thursday, April 17, 2014

Forty Days of Robots: Day 10

A Ritual Transcript Unit on Fantos Station, mid-900s. 
Assumably this hybrid was in service to The Conspirators and St. Geronimo.

Further information about the contents of this image 
have been redacted by the Office of the Martial Constabulary, Kalkovac.

Request on file.


Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Forty Days of Robots: Day 9

The forward array and prominent aerial on this robot are the unmistakable hallmarks of the Bleet-Stockholm KS-1301.

This rugged and versatile unit was prevalent among operations at the company and battalion level from their induction in 589 into the late 800s as a dispatch runner and sibilant recorder. 
Built of nanominium and powered by a simple roller coil, the KS-1301 weighed a scant 165 keje and stands 3.8 drts at the shoulder.


Monday, April 14, 2014

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Forty Days of Robots: Day 6

It isn't understanding. Really,

they only know whatever we need them to know.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Forty Days of Robots: Day 4

Mobile geometric analysis unit, a J-112, assigned to cartographic troops during the See-Saw Campaigns of the early 840s.

Powered by a steam reactor and a notoriously complicated card and post system, the J-112 series suffered from a myriad of problems with their propulsion armatures and were less than popular in the field.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Forty Days of Robots: Day 2

KdM 202, in standard configuration.

This belt-driven model has seen service for the last three centuries with the 302nd Wasteland Reconnaissance, conducting simple maintenance and clerical tasks.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Forty Days of Robots: Day 1

A modified Model 1470, used mostly for atmospheric testing and oceanic data catch.

This unit's designation number shows it as assigned to the 438th Meteorology Platoon (visible lower right, mid-rift hull). The 438th was deployed to the stars on the freighter Adverse Victory, during the autumn of the Year of Our Disciple 878. 

This rare picture of a Model 170 was snapped either on Rahgresh or Bickok Station, early 890s.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

On Dermon Predimus, Part 7

We abandoned the vehicles, took the water. 
A long

walk to the extradition tract.


Tuesday, April 1, 2014

On Dermon Predimus, Part 5

They radio in before nightfall looking for reassignment.

We wish them well.