Alright, I suppose it’s time that all of us fans of the Future of Steel franchise aired their grievances and moved on. We were all of us deceived, we believed a lie because we wanted it to be true, and anyone who says they weren’t sucked in is a filthy liar – may there be mercy on their souls.
I guess I should share what made ME the most disappointed, and that’s the way the steel fabrication industry was portrayed in the most recent book. It’s close to my heart, you see, because I’m an avid metalworker and one day I’d like to own a steel production company of my own. But, like… a fun one. There are already plenty of places providing things like steel lintels and steel beams, and good for them, but I want to focus on fun, custom projects. I’m thinking props for medieval film projects, and big metal dragons that can actually breathe fire. I’ve made several small prototypes for fun, and I think they’re going to be a great seller.
According to the book, which is set in the mid-21st century, Melbourne steel fabricators had a bit of a blip in the early 2030s due to the robots suddenly seizing production and instigating World War IX: Rise of the Bot Bros. Yeah, wars in the future have subtitles, apparently. Obviously, robots love steel fabrication because, well, they’re robots and it’s what gives them life and birth. But after the war, when humans and robots decide to share the world, and also establish a new human-robot monarchy, steel fabrication is elevated to a position of utmost reverence, and everyone now wants to learn metalworking so they can help out their new robots friends and give themselves cool robot accessories. From then on, it’s chapter upon chapter describing various steel supplies. Melbourne will never appreciate steel at this level, so it’s just unrealistic.
I guess it’s up to me to build my fun steel project empire without there being a war fuelling its popularity.