The Second Experiment
Copyright 1974 by
I first read this in 1974 and most recently on the 20th October 2006
While the god-like alien Roiss prepare for their magnificent
Second Experiment, their robot servant Tec, bored as Marvin, develops
his intelligence and intransigence, and flees his masters.
He takes with him the sole remaining physically-incarnated Roissa - R'ya
the pubescent female dragon. He and R'ya almost immediately fall into the evil
clutches of a world-dominating intelligence that is now set on conquering
This will pose some problems for Tec and his erstwhile
masters because on the one hand, Tec believes pursuing such an ambition
to be immoral, and on the other hand, it's exactly what his masters
have in mind themselves.
The first section of the book is written in a simple, entertaining
style that convinced me the book was intended for ten-year-olds.
That's never stopped me so I put the dictionary away and swept
confidently on through the book. Later on the book becomes more
readable and offers more enjoyment. I've never thought of it
as a particularly good book, but for some odd reason it has stuck in my
memory. Part of that is that it's a Panther book, and I was a fan of
both the books published under that label and the Panther look-and-feel,
but I will say there was something about the novel itself that made
I've belatedly discovered that J. O. Jeppson is the widow of Isaac Asimov, so
I expect that explains some of the ingredients (robots, writing style).
There's a sequel The Last Immortal. However, I was never inclined
to buy that.
Loaded on the 25th January 2007.