The Wrong Unit • A Novel
About the Book

I DON’T KNOW WHAT THE HUMANS ARE SO CRANKY ABOUT. Their enclosures are large, they ingest over a thousand calories per day, and they’re allowed to mate. Plus, they have me. An Autonomous Servile Unit, housed in a mobile/bipedal chassis. I do my job well: keep the humans healthy and happy.
“Hey you.”
Heyoo. That’s my name, I suppose. It’s easier for the humans to remember than 413s98-itr8. I guess I’ve gotten used to it.

Rob Dircks, bestselling author of Where the Hell is Tesla?, has a “unit” with a problem: how to deliver his package, out in the middle of nowhere, with nothing to guide him. Oh, and with the fate of humanity hanging in the balance. It’s a science fiction tale of technology gone haywire, unlikely heroes, and the nature of humanity. (Woah. That last part sounds deep. Don’t worry, it’s not.).

Reviews

★★★★★ The Wrong Unit is the right story for today… it reacquaints us with our human ingenuity and shortcomings, our deepest longings, and, most notably, our great capacity to love.”

★★★★★ LOVED this future tale of technology run amok, relationships, and challenging the definition of “human.” This book really hit home as the definition of “father”, “family” and “love” really has you thinking. Don’t want to give too much away, but it’s a great read and would suggest it to anyone looking for a solid scifi tale with a real story and characters you care about.”

★★★★★ FUNNY. HUMAN. A GREAT RIDE! The Wrong Unit is a fun and twist-turning journey that keeps you on the edge of your seat.”

★★★★★ I’m such a fan of this book that I’m going to recommend it for next month’s Book Club pick!

★★★★★ OUTSTANDING!! With The Wrong Unit, Rob Dircks has established himself as the H.G. Wells of our time with this potentially prophetic view into humanity’s future and the consequences of our growing reliability on and appetite for technology.”

“★★★★★ The Wrong Unit is such a great ride!! The pace is fast, the dialogue is smart and sarcastic and witty. The sci-fi world created by Dircks is new, imaginative, and so original. No easy feat! I loved the main characters Heyoo and Wah. Laugh out loud funny and sure, I’ll admit, I got a little weepy at some spots. Highly recommended!”

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From Rob’s Blog

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July’s FREE audio sci-fi short, “Bloop,” posted to Listen To The Signal Podcast

This month’s story is about a mysterious signal received from space. Is it a message? Or something else….? Beware of strange dreams after this one! Check out July’s FREE original audio sci-fi short story “Bloop” here.

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June’s FREE audio sci-fi short, “Red Parka,” posted to Listen To The Signal Podcast

This month’s story is about two crazy teenagers who find something on one of their phones that couldn’t possibly be true. Or could it? Enjoy!

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Short Stories

May’s FREE audio sci-fi short, “Rose,” posted to Listen To The Signal Podcast

Hey guys! All I’m going to say about this one is it’s about an old lady named Rose. And it’s another one that’s barely science fiction. And it’s shorty. That’s it. Enjoy!

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Rob Dircks crashes Villanova Comic Con 2017

On March 31, Rob Dircks (me) was joined by authors Maria V. Snyder and Nancy Holzner for Villanova University’s very first Comic Con! The three authors hosted a panel titled “Stories of Space, Supernatural, and Zombies,” and talked not only about the worlds and characters they’ve created, but the every-changing …

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April’s FREE audio sci-fi short, “Tick Tick Tick,” posted to Listen To The Signal Podcast

So last week I got a tick on me, and of course I freaked out, and did the whole doctor thing, they have to check your blood, check the tick, etc. And I started thinking: here’s this tiny little thing, hardly even there, and it can bring you to your knees. But what if it went even further? Like sci-fi further? Just how bad could it get? This story veers into sci-fi horror, so I apologize in advance if you have any bug nightmares.

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March’s FREE audio sci-fi short, “Out of the Blue,” posted to Listen To The Signal Podcast

Have you wondered lately why so much weird stuff keeps happening? The wrong movie gets the Best Picture Oscar? The Cubs win the World Series? Trump defies everyone’s expectations to become president? Steve Harvey announces the wrong Miss Universe? Well, wonder no more. March’s FREE original audio sci-fi short story is “Out of the Blue.”

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