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Small Robots

By Thomas Heasman-Hunt

A collection of one hundred (mostly) useful robot friends

Illustrated | Mental health
119% funded
501 supporters
Published

Publication date: February 2020

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Receive an enamel pin of either Teabot, Unicornbot or Notokaybot. Plus you'll receive the hardback, limited-edition version of the book with your name in the back of the book among the list of pledgers, and the ebook.
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Receive two copies of the limited-edition, hardback version of the book -- one for you and one for a deserving friend. Both of your names will appear in the back of the book, plus you'll receive an ebook version.
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You'll get a selection of 2-D fridge magnets depicting Teabot and Dairybot. Plus you'll receive the hardback, limited-edition version of the book with your name in the back of the book among the list of pledgers, and the ebook.
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Receive two mugs featuring Teabot and Coffeebot, plus you'll get the hardback, limited edition version of the book with your name in the back of the book among the list of pledgers, and the ebook.
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A knitted version of Tinybot, approximately 4cm tall, which is hand-crafted by the author's wife and can be made into your choice of keychain, magnet or pin - or left as it is! Plus you'll receive a limited-edition hardback version of the book. Limited to 20
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Give Thomas a few details about yourself and he will hand-draw you your own bot, which will be sent to you digitally. Plus you'll get the hardback, limited edition version of the book with your name in the back of the book among the list of pledgers, and the ebook.
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Receive an art print of Teabot, Unicornbot, Bigbot or Spiderbot. Plus you'll get the hardback, limited edition version of the book with your name in the back of the book among the list of pledgers, and the ebook.
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An exclusive plush version of Bigbot, hand-crafted by the author's wife. Not actual size - don't be ridiculous - but pretty big for a plush toy! Plus you'll receive a limited-edition version of the book. Limited to 5.
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Thomas will include a robot-version of you in the back of the book (and you'll receive it as a digital attachment so you can show off on Twitter). You'll also receive a limited-edition, hardback version of the book and the ebook. Limited to 10.
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An exclusive-to-Unbound hand-made crochet Notokaybot made by the author's wife, plus a limited-edition, hardback version of the book and the ebook. Limited to 5.
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Will you help us make this book happen? In exchange, you'll receive our eternal thanks and the book will be dedicated to you. Your personalised robot will appear in the back of the book and you'll receive a crochet Notokaybot as well as five limited-edition, signed hardback versions of the book and an ebook. Only one available.

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Welcome to the world of Small Robots!

Small Robots – aka @smolrobots – began with a simple idea: to draw cute robots and post them on Twitter. It was intended as an antidote of sorts to an embattled political landscape that, especially in the breakneck world of social media, can be physically draining to engage with. Small Robots would be kind, helpful and, when called upon, fiercely defensive of the marginalised and oppressed. All these aims were realised and then some, with the account growing rapidly to become a source of comfort, hope and even inspiration to its followers.

Now we want to give them their own book -- but we need your help to make this happen.

Small Robots offer fictional and often idiosyncratic solutions to everyday anxieties: they bring tea, remember names, complain in restaurants and all sorts of other minor jobs. But they also tackle more serious problems: mental health, disability, discrimination and grief. In doing so, they show that many of the problems we face are more universal than we imagined, and that all of them – big or small – are part of a single continuum of human experience.

If you'd like to help us make this book a reality, please consider pledging for one of the levels to the right. And here is what the book might look like...

The @smolrobots account has already created more than 500 robots. Now we'd like to give them their own book, which will feature 100 of the best and most beloved of the limitless stable of small, helpful bots and delve into the fictional backstories of these wonderful but sometimes bafflingly obtuse creations. It will also contain new art that puts the robots in context, illustrating how they perform their all-important tasks in the world of their large human friends.

Who is behind this project?

The Small Robots project was created by Thomas Heasman-Hunt, a semi-professional author of science-fiction novels, among other things, and a not-even-a-little-bit-professional doodler of whatever pops into his head during meetings. His art is informed by his experiences of depression and anxiety, as well as his passion for equality and social justice.

*Images of the book are for illustrative purposes -- the final design will be confirmed after we hit our crowdfunding target and we can begin making the book!

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