From Kook Science

Deros (an abbreviation of Detrimental Robots) or abandonderos (portmanteau of abandoned + deros) is an appellation most often used to describe a relict population of Titans/Atlans that Richard Sharpe Shaver reported inhabit the ruins of abandoned underground cities, characterised by extensive physical deformity and mental disorders caused by chronic exposure to solar disintegrant energy.[1] These beings are described as highly belligerent, sadistic agents, responsible for a global conspiracy involving the routine abduction of human beings for use as livestock for sexual and experimental purposes, and as a food source.

However, it is worth noting that the term "deros" may apply equally to human beings, as all living creatures on this planet are continuously exposed to disintegrant energy, leaving each of us with the potential to become detrimental robots over time; the abandoned Titans of the underground world have simply been longer and more routinely exposed, thanks to their utilisation of "apparatus full of dis particle accumulations,"[2] and show clearer manifestations from this exposure.

Automatic Elevators

According to Shaver, and related in broadcast by Long John Nebel,[3] the underground cities of the dero are (or were) accessible using special elevators in unspecified apartment tenements located in the cities of Providence, Rhode Island (three elevators reported), New York City, New York (one elevator), and Chicago, Illinois (one elevator). While superficially having the appearance of a typical automated elevator of the period (the 1940s-50s), these particular elevators would reputedly continue to descend if, after reaching the basement floor, a user again pushed the button for the basement, which would either cause the elevator car to shift to the left and continue down a secondary shaft or cause the primary shaft to open into a deeper shaft.


  1. Shaver, Richard S. (June 1947), Palmer, Raymond A., ed., "Zigor Mephisto's Collection of Mentalia", Amazing Stories (Chicago, Ill.: Ziff-Davis Publishing Company) 21 (6): 55, "A dero is a thing that has never received any thought correctly, never understood any syllogism, is a mass of completely incorrect thought due to the reversal of polarity of the magnetic fields of thought about the mind cells, which in a dero are sun-polared into detrimental due to induction of disintegrant energy-flows from the sun. Thought is either earth-polared, integrant, and therefore constructive, or it is sun-polared, disintegrant, receiving by polarity atunement constant impulses of energy from the sun which convert all its thought images into destructive patterns." 
  2. Shaver, Richard S. (March 1945), Palmer, Raymond A., ed., "I Remember Lemuria!", Amazing Stories (Chicago, Ill.: Ziff-Davis Publishing Company) 19 (1): 29, "A dero is a man who responds mentally to dis impulse more readily than to his own impulses. When a dero has used old, defective apparatus full of dis particle accumulations, they become so degenerate that they are able to think only when a machine is operating and they are using it; otherwise they are idiot." 
  3. The Long John Nebel Show. 7 March 1958. WOR, New York.