"I kind of take it for granted that our great-grandchildren will regard us as a sort of precursor species. That they won't think of us as human and if we could see them, we probably wouldn't think of them as human either."
Compare to the metal monster with jointed limbs from The Doom from Planet 4 (1931) by Jack Williamson, the factory crawler from Dune (1965) by Frank Herbert, the walking fort from The Killing Machine (1964) by Jack Vance, the centipede-machine from Monsters of Mars (1931) by Edmond Hamilton, the robass from The Quest for Saint Aquin (1951) by Anthony Boucher and the centipede from Killing Titan (2015) by Greg Bear.
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