Monthly Archives: May 2015

Elder’s Write-O-Matic

In Roald Dahl’s short story The Great Automatic Grammatizator, Adolphe Knipe is a computer scientist who wants to be a writer. With the reluctant support of his boss, Knipe invents a machine that produces short stories, then is improved to write novels – each novel taking about fifteen minutes to create. In the following scene where the boss, Mr. Bohlen, who has been won over by all the money they are making manufacturing short stories, ‘writes’ his first novel: in this passage Knipe assists Bohlen in configuring the machine with the appropriate parameters to produce the desired story: Continue Reading