Boilerplate: History's Mechanical Marvelby Paul Guinan, Anina Bennett
Meet Boilerplate, the world’s first robot soldiernot in a present-day military lab or a science-fiction movie, but in the past, during one of the most fascinating periods of U.S. history. Designed by Professor Archibald Campion in 1893 as a prototype, for the self-proclaimed purpose of “preventing the deaths of men in the conflicts of… See more details below
Meet Boilerplate, the world’s first robot soldiernot in a present-day military lab or a science-fiction movie, but in the past, during one of the most fascinating periods of U.S. history. Designed by Professor Archibald Campion in 1893 as a prototype, for the self-proclaimed purpose of “preventing the deaths of men in the conflicts of nations,” Boilerplate charged into combat alongside such notables as Teddy Roosevelt and Lawrence of Arabia. Campion and his robot also circled the planet with the U.S. Navy, trekked to the South Pole, made silent movies, and hobnobbed with the likes of Mark Twain and Nikola Tesla.
You say you’ve never heard of Boilerplate before? That’s because this book is the fanciful creation of a husbandand-wife team who have richly imagined these characters and inserted them into accurate retellings of history. This full-color chronicle is profusely illustrated with graphics mimicking period style, including photos, paintings, posters, cartoons, maps, and even stereoscope cards. Part Jules Verne and part Zelig, it’s a great volume for a broad range of fans of science fiction, history, and robots.
- Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
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- 8.80(w) x 11.10(h) x 0.80(d)
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- 15 - 17 Years
Meet the Author
Paul Guinan and Anina Bennett have been collaborating on comics and graphic novels since 1989, including the Eisner Awardnominated science-fiction comic series Heartbreakers. Paul is an artist and writer whose clients include the History Channel and the Cartoon Network. Anina is a writer and editor who has worked with Dark Horse Comics and international publisher Egmont. They live in Portland, Oregon.
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I first heard about this book because J.J. Abrams was looking to turn it into a movie. So I ordered it and I love it. It is seeing history through Boilerplate the first robotic man. It is like Forrest Gump for the early 20th Century. Riding to TR in the Spanish-American War, fight with and against Pancho Villa, and then disappearing in World War I. This book is for the history buff and the sci fi buff. But, I would like to know what happened to Boilerplate. Sequel?