Hal Spacejock 1: A Robot Named Clunk
no. 1, Hal Spacejock - Hal Spacejock, no. 1 · Hal Spacejock Universe
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Clunk is grateful when his boss sends him off for a refit, because old robots are usually recycled, not refurbished.
Since the upgrade centre is on the next planet, Clunk's asked to perform a trivial little task while he's there: help a freelance pilot pick up some cargo.
It's a simple job, straight in and out ... but don't be late.
Clunk's a certified co-pilot, so landing in a deserted field under cover of darkness, avoiding customs ships, orbital lasers and trigger-happy warships along the way, is not a problem.
Unfortunately the freelance pilot is a much bigger challenge, because Hal Spacejock is obstinate, over-confident, and woefully under-skilled, and yet he refuses to cede control of his ship to a mere robot.
Worse, Hal's got 24 hours to pay off his debts or he'll lose his ship ... and his life.
Can the two of them sort out their differences and deliver the cargo, or will they still be wrestling over the controls when both deadlines expire?
A Robot Named Clunk is one part buddy movie, two parts laughter and nine parts madcap adventure.