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Subj: Re: Czech playwright Karel Čapek...
Posted: Sat Jul 25, 2020 at 03:59:22 pm EDT (Viewed 146 times)
Reply Subj: iWolverine #1. I don't get the joke...
Posted: Sat Jul 25, 2020 at 03:08:11 pm EDT (Viewed 174 times)

Had no idea myself of the reference either. You question coaxed me into just now looking it up. Here ya go...

> “Reavers Universal Robotics.” The Reavers are Pierce’s well-established cyborg henchmen. As Albert notes on the next page, this is a reference to the play R.U.R. (1920) by Czech playwright Karel Čapek, which coined the term “robot”. In the play, R.U.R. stands for Rossum’s Universal Robots (“Rossum” being a pun on the Czech word for “reason”). “Robot” comes from the Czech word robota, meaning “forced labour”, and with an etymological link to the Czech word for “slave”.

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