Brass Goggles | December 6, 2011
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Who speaks for dead 19th century authors? Diani, Devine, and Steampunks do! In a horrible twist of events, the publishing company that currently has the rights to publish Huck Finn, decided to replace the N-word with “Slave”. This is Literary Graffiti, and to change a word that was placed there by purpose to make people ask questions goes against the spirit of History.
Mark Twain was a humorist however, and so Diani & Devine think that if he were alive today, he would fight this butchering of his story with comedy. So using the logic of the book butchers they shall replace the offensive word “slave” with a more pleasing one, “ROBOT”. (Click more to get details to the launch party)
Huckleberry Finn [Robotic Edition] is a complete work of remixed speculative fiction which tells the classic tale with Jim replaced by Robot Jim. Its my opinion that this is the very spirit of Steampunk and as such, I am highly interested in attending the book’s launch party. If you’re in the Los Angeles, CA area, perhaps you are as well.
They ask that you RSVP on their Facebook Page.
You can buy a copy of the book on their website.
their press release is below:
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn [Robotic Edition] Book Launch Party
Huckleberry Finn was a boy with no home. Jim was a runaway robot in search of freedom. Together they embarked upon the adventure of a lifetime.
Mark Twain’s classic text has been a lightning rod for controversy since its first publication in the late nineteenth century, and has consistently been one of the most banned books in schools and libraries across the United States. In an effort to fight the censorship of this iconic piece of literature, editors Gabriel Diani and Etta Devine have removed every instance of the word “n-word” and replaced it with the word “robot.” Complete and unabridged (except for bits here and there), with E.W. Kemble’s original illustrations painstakingly altered by artist Denise Devine to include robots, this bold new edition makes Twain’s timeless work accessible to a whole new generation of readers … without being bogged down by what he wanted to say about racism.