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Not Quite Human #01: Batteries Not Included Paperback – 1985

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Product Details

  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Archway (1985)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671600818
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671600815
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.2 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,518,592 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I can remember as a little kid watching The Wonderful World of Disney on Sunday nights where Mike Eisner, along with a Disney character, would introduce a particular movie. One of my favorites was the beginning of the Not Quite Human movies, called, well... guess.

The inspiration for the movies were the Not Quite Human books. Well, the LOOSE inspiration, as they took the raw concepts and made a completely Alternate Universe telling of the adventures of the Carson family. They changed other things too in that in the films Chip is much more human-like and seems to learn emotions. In the books, I don't think he was ever that way.

I remember hearing from my brother, at eleven years old, that these books were where the movies came from, so I eagerly read them. I don't remember for the life of me if I read them all, but I did read at least a couple of them. Approaching this series from the space of over two decades (yes, I'm giving away my age, or at least an approximation of it), I can say that they are both not as good and better than I remember them being.

The thrust of the series, of which Batteries Not Included is the first book, is that a genius engineer, Dr. Jonas Carson, has created the world's first life-like android, in secret. He has chosen to model the android in the form of a thirteen year old boy named Chip (an obvious pun on the "chips" in the android). He has decided to engage in an experiment by having Chip attend the local junior high of a town they just moved to for the purposes of said experiment. At the school, Becky (Carson's daughter and Chip's "sister") is also a student and Dr. Carson is a new science teacher.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Matt Hetling on June 21, 2008
Format: Paperback
When I was a kid, I really enjoyed this series, which centers around an android that poses as a human boy named CHIP.

The idea of a machine so sophisticated that it can fake humanity is a powerful one. CHIP is very capable in some ways, but hopelessly inept in others. His superhuman strength and speed give him unlimited potential, but his susceptibility to simple mechanical problems underscore his vulnerability.

Sadly, when I look at the book now, I see more wasted potential than good reading. The writing, plot, and characters have far more in common with a dumbed-down Disney tv series than such a great concept deserves.

Any fan of science fiction will see the germ of a good story here. But since it doesn't live up to that potential, I can't recommend it.
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