That's right, Surfing Samurai Robots because I think we could all use a little levity about now. Written by Mel Gilden, Surfing Samurai Robots is the story of a small, white alien with a large nose and an obsession with Philip Marlowe.
His name is Zoot and he lands in a future version of LA where, you guessed it, Surfing Samurai Robots are all the rage. That's robotic samurai that surf. It's not a metaphor or a band name or anything like that. When all the SSRs disappear it's up Zoot to find out what happened.
It's a deeply silly book as I think this, almost excessively, 90s style cover depicts quite well. On the other hand this book is what got me to read Raymond Chandler. So there's that.