CNet has posted an interview with Timothy Hornyak, author of the book titled, Loving the Machine: The Art and Science of Japanese Robotics, that expounds on the familiar differences between the western view of robots and the Japanese view. The interviewer offers Astro Boy as a characterization of Japan's acceptance of robots as friendly companions. He offers as an example of the west's fear of robots as either dangerous machines or lifeless automatons, the story of Frankenstein and his monster. Hornyak brings up R.U.R. as well, saying, "robots are perfected as the ideal worker, but whoops, they go wonky and they kill every single human being on the planet". As is usually the case in these comparisons, they leave out any mention of the west's rich science fiction tradition of accepting robots as friends and companions of man as far back as the early days of the pulp magazines.