I'm a well read grad student who's bluntly honest about all things, although I try to be most honest about myself.
The robot panel was a bust. Not the panel's fault, or the panelist, or even mine, but I did know enough about this, and the nature of panels is to tangent a little, so it wasn't as focused as I wanted given how much research I'd done. Basically, I wanted something different. What I wanted would have been an expert course, and I didn't really think things through. Not everyone is obsessed with this concept, so it had to be a beginner course to accommodate everyone. Of course it did.
I also didn't feel it was quite as concise or explicit as I wanted, which I told someone, and they went, 'well, how explicit do you want robot love, after all?'
To which I replied I'd written very explicit Cybertronian/human sex scenes, so basically as explicit as possible, thank you very much.
But I did get this recommendation from this panel, so there's that! Haven't read Wells, and it's a four dollar for one hundred and fifty pages ebook. I'm going to wait and see if I can get it from the library and purchase if I want to reread it eventually, I think.
Or if I can find it as a physical book another year at Readercon, I might get it there?
Edit: Just did more research. I really want this book. Cancelling my hold at the library and debating on getting it physically or not. Much cheaper for me from Amazon, so will it that way regardless.