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‘Huckleberry Finn,’ ROBOTIC EDITION

All right, so, you’ve read about the edition of “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” that will edit out the “n-word.” You know about that debate; you know all the arguments. This is about that. Sort of. And how you can play a role.

See, someone’s following up on NewSouth Books’ intention to edit out the offending word by going one step further. And that step is…


Yes, robots. The plan by Gabriel Diani and Etta Devine is to replace “n-word” Jim with Robot Jim. “Statistically, people prefer robots to the word ‘n-word,'” say the proponents of this audacious plan. “The word ‘n-word’ is ugly and pejorative. Robots are fun and cool… even when they’re trying to take over our world! So we’ve decided to take the word ‘n-word’ out of Mark Twain’s classic and replace it with ‘robot.'” And they’ve commissioned an artist to alter the original illustrations to include the robot. (They admit that vampires are “in,” too, but say that would be silly)

Where do you come in? Simple: They’re raising money for a short print run of the robot-inflected “Huck Finn.” The more money they get, the cooler they believe they can make the finished product. More money means more altered illustrations. More money means getting a scholar to add a piece about the “n-word” controversy to add context and credibility. More money could mean hardcover editions.

You can pledge a donation by clicking here for the project’s Kickstarter page. A buck will get a PDF copy of the book. Five will get you the PDF and an invitation to the L.A. book launch party (travel not included). $15 adds a print of a robot-altered illustration from the book. $25 adds a physical copy of the book (add $5 for international shipping). $50 adds either a Robot Jim figurine (!) or a “R-O-B-O-T” necklace or two physical copies of the book. $75 gets the physical book, plus either the robot figurine or necklace and the print and stuff. $100 or more gets your choice of two of the three (books, figurine, necklace), $150 gets everything, $200 gets everything plus an acknowledgment in the book, $500 adds 15 more copies of the book, and $1,000 adds your name, or any name you want (that isn’t silly or ridiculous), to the actual text of the revised book.

But they need $6,000 pledged by March 11th at 7:15 pm ET. So if you’re into it, pledge now. Join Chris Hardwick himself in the quest to bring robots to the world of Mark Twain. If Jane Austen can survive a zombie invasion, Huck and Tom can stand some robot love.

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  1. neurotype says:

    This could also be construed as a clever, but totally PC, way of criticizing the institution of slavery. I’m sure Twain would be on board with that.

    Best self-censorship ever. I wonder if we could do this for all the banned books 😀