I was just digging through my old Atari ST files when I came across a plot outline for Hal Spacejock dated 19th February, 1995. It's over 13 years old!
Here are the character descriptions, lifted straight from the text. Those of you who have read the actual book will note how far from the finished versions these two are. (Clunk in the police force? Wow.)
Hal - about 5'8", fair hair, rugged, a bit slow on the uptake, but generous
and friendly (a bit gullible). Impetuous, head strong.
Clunk - advanced stainless steel robot. Has a good command of spoken
language, and a wicked sense of humour. Secretly knows that his breed of
robots is technically superior to all humans. Has a variety of tools and stuff secreted in various pockets around the place. Looks a bit second hand. Actually works for the galactic police, as an undercover drug cop (!)
If you think that's bad, you should read the Feb 1995 version of the novel ...
Simon Haynes is the author of the Hal Spacejock and Hal Junior series (Amazon / Smashwords / other formats)