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Tired of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies?  Unimpressed by Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter?  Uninterested in Little Women and Werewolves?  Then how about Huck Finn and Robots?

You might remember that not too long ago, a publisher came out with a new edition of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn with the unpleasant racial slurs  (I'm lookin' at you, N-word!) replaced by an innocuous, non-inflammatory substitue.  The idea being that this vasectomised Huck would be available in schools and libraries which might otherwise ban the book because of that Evil Word.

Well, a couple of satirists have decided to do them one better and create their own bowdlerization of the Mark Twain classic.  Their idea is simple:   Replacing the "N-word" with "Robot" in Huck Finn.

They are shilling for money to support the book at  Kickstarter.com  and it looks like they have enough people amused by the project to get it done.  Now for the most part, this is simply the text of Huckleberry Finn with a search 'n' replace to switch the Objectionable Word with the word "Robot"; but they also have an artist modifiying some of the original illustrations to include a robotic version of Huck's friend and companion; and high level donors will receive a handsome figurine of "Robot Jim".

Although, the more I think about it,  I have to admit; it would be even cooler if they actually tried re-writing Huck Finn as a steampunk novel.  Could be interesting.

Originally posted to quarkstomper on Thu Feb 17, 2011 at 09:43 PM PST.

Also republished by Readers and Book Lovers.

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