Work Title: Asteriod Man Medium: Novel Episode Title: Year: 1966 Writer(s): R.L. Fanthorpe "Original" Writer: Yes
Own work?: No Summary:
"There has been much enthusiasm generated when it comes to telepresence, tele-operation and virtual reality in [science fiction in] general - in the "Asteroid Man" by R.L. Fanthorpe (1960), in ..." (from http://www.itsf.org/brochure/virtual-reality.html)
Era/Year of Portrayal: distant_future Distinctive characteristics of the world in portrayal:
It is the year 2260. Planetary travel is common. Earth is allied with the other life forms in our solar system. it the the future as envisioned from the 1960s.
Name of portrayed presence-evoking technology: robot
Description of the technology: A large robot, bigger than a man, guards the main control room of an asteroid ship. Its mission is to protect, but it is not that intelligent. It is agressive, strong, and violent.
Nature of task or activity: Greg, the protaganist, encounters the robot while trying to escape and defeat the evil master of the ship - asteroid man.
Performance of the Technology: It works well, but greg defeats it using his gun.
Description of creator(s): The asteriod man, Ulitmus. An ageless man, who drank the elixer of life, extremely intelligent, arrogant, paranoid. He is the ruler of the asteroid, and has created everything on it.
Major goal(s) of creator(s): To entertain himself, prove that he is the greatest, smartest. To prove that he could. To eventually take over the galaxy.
Description of users of technology: Greg defeats the robot - he is an astronaut, and adventurer. White, male, British, follows his instinct.
Type(s) of presence experience in the portrayal: social_presence
Description of presence experience: The experience is scary and harrowing, a violent encounter. They physically battle, using weapons, and greg wins.
User awareness of technology during experience: yes
Valence of experience: unpleasant
Specific responses: greg is frightened, but must kill or be killed. Also, by gaining control of the control room, he can defeat asteroid man.
Asteroid man is defeated, the princess is saved, greg lives. very happy ending.