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Before Jules Vernes flying machines and H. G. Wellss spaceships, there was Frank Reade, globe-trotting inventor and original steampunk hero. Frank Reade magazines were the worlds first science fiction periodicals, enthralling millions of readers with tales of fantastic inventions and adventures. Now many of the spectacular images from the vintage dime novel series are being reprinted for the first time in more than a century, along with excerpts from the action-packed stories. In Frank Reade: Adventures in the Age of Invention, this lost legacy of Americana is interwoven with a biography of the "real" Reade family—inventors and explorers who traveled the world with their helicopter airships, submarines, and robots, and who encountered figures like Geronimo and Houdini. This epic saga is brought to life in the multimedia style of the authors previous volume, the critically acclaimed Boilerplate: Historys Mechanical Marvel. Frank Reade is part-science fiction, part-alternate history, and entirely exciting!

Praise for Frank Reade:

 “A retrofuturist visual feast.” —Wall Street Journal

“A stunning multimedia confection of the highest order that creates a detailed and delightful world.” —Publishers Weekly

“The books allure owes everything to its deadpan prose and hundreds of perfectly faked photos and graphics that replicate mass-media and commercial ephemera of the Victorian era—the result of immersive research.” —TheAtlantic.com 

“Portland-based Paul Guinan and Anina Bennett are a husband-and-wife team of multimedia artists who have produced a variety of work. . . . Their new book, Frank Reade: Adventures in the Age of Invention, is their best work yet.” —io9.com

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"This handsomely crafted follow-up/companion piece to 2009's critically acclaimed Boilerplate: History's Mechanical Marvel once more finds its authors firing on all cylinders as they chronicle the Tom Swiftian exploits of a turn-of-the-20th-century minidynasty of scientific innovators and adventurers. Accurately resurrecting the look and style of the era's pulp fiction accounts of real-life celebrities with a steampunk flair, the volume follows the super-scientific accomplishments of the Reades, Frank Senior and Junior (and to a lesser degree, those of 'Wild' Kate Reade, Frank Jr.'s daughter), and how they blazed a path of invention and far-flung adventure across the globe. Rife with warfare, airships, quaint robotics, aquatic exploits both above and below the waves, dangerous encounters with wild animals and 'exotic' indigenous peoples, and a head-on collision with actual history and its figures, there's a lot to satisfy even the hardest to please of readers. As in Boilerplate, actual media from the era have been cleverly altered to include the Reades. The result is a stunning multimedia confection of the highest order that creates a detailed and delightful world. (Feb.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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In this meticulously researched and fantastically pictorialized volume, Frank Reade and his peerless progeny are brought to life in all their globetrotting escapades with amazing electric airships, submarines, and robots, as well as historical figures like Houdini and Geronimo. Frank Reade did exist, but only in the pages of 19th-century dime novels. While the authors have completely re-imagined and enriched those tales into a family biography, they have also restored the incredible original engravings—most of which havent been seen in print in more than a century—and now present these lost pieces of Americana alongside their own creatively realized imagery.

Part science fiction and part alternate history, Frank Reade is equally as imaginative as the authors previous epic volume, Boilerplate (which Publishers Weekly called “a tour de force”), and presents an even more rollicking narrative.

About the Author

Paul Guinan and Anina Bennett have been collaborating on comics and graphic novels since 1989, including the Eisner Award-nominated science-fiction comic series Heartbreakers and the critically acclaimed Boilerplate. They live in Portland, Oregon.

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Michele Heile, February 20, 2012 (view all comments by Michele Heile)
Just heard a radio spot, interview, on KBOO's Monday Sampler with these two. The interview with Paul Guinan and Anina Bennett was great, the book is very intriguing. Excited to learn of Boilerplate, the first volume, and the new Frank Reade. Will be picking these stories up soon, as they are sure to be exciting and fun. Cheers, Cookie
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780810996618
Author:
Paul Guinan and Anina Bennett
Publisher:
Harry N. Abrams
Author:
Guinan, Paul
Author:
Bennett, Anina
Subject:
Science / General
Subject:
Science Fiction and Fantasy-A to Z
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
20120201
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
from P up to 17
Language:
English
Illustrations:
100 full-color and 200 black-and-white i
Pages:
176
Dimensions:
11 x 8.5 in
Age Level:
up to 99

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "This handsomely crafted follow-up/companion piece to 2009's critically acclaimed Boilerplate: History's Mechanical Marvel once more finds its authors firing on all cylinders as they chronicle the Tom Swiftian exploits of a turn-of-the-20th-century minidynasty of scientific innovators and adventurers. Accurately resurrecting the look and style of the era's pulp fiction accounts of real-life celebrities with a steampunk flair, the volume follows the super-scientific accomplishments of the Reades, Frank Senior and Junior (and to a lesser degree, those of 'Wild' Kate Reade, Frank Jr.'s daughter), and how they blazed a path of invention and far-flung adventure across the globe. Rife with warfare, airships, quaint robotics, aquatic exploits both above and below the waves, dangerous encounters with wild animals and 'exotic' indigenous peoples, and a head-on collision with actual history and its figures, there's a lot to satisfy even the hardest to please of readers. As in Boilerplate, actual media from the era have been cleverly altered to include the Reades. The result is a stunning multimedia confection of the highest order that creates a detailed and delightful world. (Feb.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Synopsis" by , In this meticulously researched and fantastically pictorialized volume, Frank Reade and his peerless progeny are brought to life in all their globetrotting escapades with amazing electric airships, submarines, and robots, as well as historical figures like Houdini and Geronimo. Frank Reade did exist, but only in the pages of 19th-century dime novels. While the authors have completely re-imagined and enriched those tales into a family biography, they have also restored the incredible original engravings—most of which havent been seen in print in more than a century—and now present these lost pieces of Americana alongside their own creatively realized imagery.

Part science fiction and part alternate history, Frank Reade is equally as imaginative as the authors previous epic volume, Boilerplate (which Publishers Weekly called “a tour de force”), and presents an even more rollicking narrative.

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