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Meet Boilerplate, the world's first robot soldier — not 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 husband-and-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.

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"Filled with lavish artwork....Boilerplate presents a fresh view of history that will appeal to readers of all ages with a delightful blend of fact with tongue-in-cheek fiction." Monsters and Critics

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Before Jules Verneand#8217;s flying machines and H. G. Wellsand#8217;s spaceships, there was Frank Reade, globe-trotting inventor and original steampunk hero. Frank Reade magazines were the worldand#8217;s 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 familyand#8212;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 authorsand#8217; previous volume, the critically acclaimed Boilerplate: Historyand#8217;s Mechanical Marvel. Frank Reade is partand#8211;science fiction, partand#8211;alternate history, and entirely exciting!

Praise for Frank Reade:

and#160;and#8220;A retrofuturist visual feast.and#8221; and#8212;Wall Street Journal

and#8220;A stunning multimedia confection of the highest order that creates a detailed and delightful world.and#8221; and#8212;Publishers Weekly

and#8220;The bookand#8217;s 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 eraand#8212;the result of immersive research.and#8221; and#8212;TheAtlantic.comand#160;

and#8220;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.and#8221; and#8212;io9.com

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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. 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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Kjirstin, October 17, 2011 (view all comments by Kjirstin)
So thrilled to hear this is being made into a film~it will become an instant classic~so read it now and be the first on your block to become an expert on the steampunk robot with a heart, and his Gumpish adventures!
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rev, September 7, 2009 (view all comments by rev)
I fought along-side Boilerplate in the Spanish-American War and I can't think of a better commemoration of the old boy. Ye Olde Rustbucket (as we used to affectionately call him in our day) used to drop his load pan every time we took a hill. 'Twas hard to shoot from laughing I must say - Bully!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780810989504
Subtitle:
History's Mechanical Marvel
Author:
Paul Guinan and Anina Bennett
Author:
Guinan, Paul
Author:
Bennett, Anina
Author:
VanderMeer, Jeff
Publisher:
Harry N. Abrams
Subject:
Science Fiction - General
Subject:
Fantasy - General
Subject:
Graphic Novels
Subject:
Science fiction
Subject:
Science / General
Subject:
Science Fiction and Fantasy-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
20091001
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
from 8 up to 17
Language:
English
Illustrations:
150 color illustrations
Pages:
160
Dimensions:
10.00 x 7.00 in
Age Level:
from 13 up to 99

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Product details 160 pages Abrams Image - English 9780810989504 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Filled with lavish artwork....Boilerplate presents a fresh view of history that will appeal to readers of all ages with a delightful blend of fact with tongue-in-cheek fiction."
"Synopsis" by , Before Jules Verneand#8217;s flying machines and H. G. Wellsand#8217;s spaceships, there was Frank Reade, globe-trotting inventor and original steampunk hero. Frank Reade magazines were the worldand#8217;s 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 familyand#8212;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 authorsand#8217; previous volume, the critically acclaimed Boilerplate: Historyand#8217;s Mechanical Marvel. Frank Reade is partand#8211;science fiction, partand#8211;alternate history, and entirely exciting!

Praise for Frank Reade:

and#160;and#8220;A retrofuturist visual feast.and#8221; and#8212;Wall Street Journal

and#8220;A stunning multimedia confection of the highest order that creates a detailed and delightful world.and#8221; and#8212;Publishers Weekly

and#8220;The bookand#8217;s 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 eraand#8212;the result of immersive research.and#8221; and#8212;TheAtlantic.comand#160;

and#8220;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.and#8221; and#8212;io9.com

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