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"Forget 'Hellboy.' 'Robot Stories' is the real deal -- a science-fiction with a brain and a heart." - Pittsburgh TribuneReview

“Robot Stories' tagline is 'science fiction from the heart,' a phrase author and genre specialist Steven Schneider finds appropriate. ‘Robot Stories plays differently from a lot of the science-fiction films I've seen,’ said Schneider, the author of 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die... ‘It made me reflect on science fiction's deep and long-standing romantic side. Greg is less interested in trying to pull the wool over our eyes by giving us something spectacular-looking than he is in exploring human relationships.’...In fact, 2004 may end up being American cinema's year of the robot, with Pak and his independent sci-fi movie getting the jump on Hollywood.”
- Jason Silverman, Wired

"Pak is an extremely gifted screenwriter, a fact you can confirm by reading Robot Stories and More Screenplays, which collects several short and two feature-length scripts, all with introductory notes....There’s a clear sense throughout that Pak is giving the writing of his movies the attention it deserves and, not only that, has a real gift for it. It’s a relief to see a young director relying so heavily on strong writing. Pak’s interests are too complex to be served by anything less...Pak’s robot stories ultimately challenge our assumptions about what we are doing as humans, as people, and with the lives and world we make." - Strange Horizons

About the Author

Greg Pak was named one of American Top 10 comic book writers by Wizard magazine. He has written the Marvel comics Planet Hulk, World War Hulk, Skaar: Son of Hulk, Incredible Hulk, Incredible Hercules, Warlock, X-Men: Phoenix Endsong, Magneto, Iron Man, War Machine, and Battlestar Galactica (Dynamite Entertainment).

Greg Pak directed his first feature film "Robot Stories" which has played nationwide and won over 30 festival awards. With clients including Nike and Marvel Comics, he edits and One of Filmmaker Magazine's 25 Filmmakers to Watch, Greg studied political science at Yale, history at Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar, and film at NYU's graduate program. David Henry Hwang is a playwright, screenwriter, and librettist, best known as the author of M. Butterfly, which won the 1988 Tony©, Drama Desk, John Gassner, and Outer Critics Circle Awards, and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. He graduated from Stanford University and attended the Yale School of Drama.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 232 pages
  • Publisher: Immedium (July 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1597020001
  • ISBN-13: 978-1597020008
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,313,694 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Greg Pak is a comic book writer and filmmaker best known for "Action Comics" and Batman/Superman" for DC Comics, "Planet Hulk" and "Magneto Testament" for Marvel Comics, and the "Code Monkey Save World" graphic novel and "The Princess Who Saved Herself" children's book, based on the songs of Jonathan Coulton. He directed the award-winning feature film "Robot Stories" and dozens of shorts, including "Happy Fun Room." He was named one of 25 Filmmakers to Watch by Filmmaker Magazine, described as "a talent with a future" by the New York Times, and named "Breakout Talent" of the year by Wizard Magazine.

Pak co-wrote the fan favorite "Incredible Hercules" series with Fred Van Lente, with whom he also wrote the new How-To book, "Make Comics Like the Pros."

Pak is represented by Sandra Lucchesi of the Gersh Agency, Los Angeles, and David Hale Smith of DHS Literary. For more about his work, visit and

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Paul W. Young on June 28, 2006
Format: Paperback
Cliff's Notes Review:

+ 4 Awesome, distinct stories

+ Novel central theme "human emotions and robots"

+ Represents the Asian American/Mixed-Race Community without beating you over the head with issues.

+ Charming and Provocative like an independant film/Professional and polished like a high-budget studio film.

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Robot Stories is awesome. Its is broken up into a series of 4 charming shorties, each related around a theme of "how humans develop emotions when dealing with robots". Each story has a distinct perspective on this central theme. For example, one story is about a couple who wants to adopt a child, but must babysit a "robo-baby" to prove their worth as parents, while another is about a mother trying to re-connect to her sick son through his collection of toy robots. I think the final point that I'd like about Robot Stories and Greg Pak as a director was that he was able to represent the Asian American/Mixed Race characters in normal situations. While this may feel like a minor point, its refreshing. Its nice once in a while to see an Asian American on the big screen who isn't a Lucy Lu Dragon lady, or a Connie Chung newscaster, but as a normal protagonist whom i can identify with.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sarah Santamaria on January 27, 2006
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I hadn't seen the Robot Stories movie, but a friend of mine did and raved about it. I'd read a few of Pak's comics for Marvel, so I picked up the book and was actually blown away by the amount of thought Pak has put into not just that movie but his career of writing in general. He gives insightful introductions to his many scripts, which run the gamut from sarcastic short spoofs about sex to the recreation of the life of a pioneering surgeon, and finally to the sci-fi feature from the title.

This was the first time I've actually read a screenplay, and it is different than reading a novel. But the book gives some helpful tips to make the adjustment easier. After I while I got used to the format to where I could really visualize the actors and actresses talking to each other.

Somehow I think that is one of the points of the book: to make films more accessible and to inspire people to create their own vision. Pak touches upon a lot of issues: from the craft of writing and the challenges of making an independent film to the media images of Asian Americans (David Henry Hwang's foreword is excellent in this regard). So it has something that can appeal to most everybody. But ultimately, I found the collection to be oddly inspiring to the artist hidden in me, and has made me want to see Pak's movies.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on June 23, 2006
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Filmmaker Pak provides not just the award-winning ROBOT STORIES screenplay, but four other tales which are all infused with considerations about technology. It's not only the futuristic settings which link these plots: it's an exploration of the problems between men and machines, the created and the natural worlds, which creates such a compelling dynamic in these motion pictures. Small black and white shots pepper the account, but it's the screenplays which are the heart of this fine title.

Diane C. Donovan

California Bookwatch
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