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Boilerplate: History's Mechanical Marvel by Paul Guinan & Anina Bennett
Review by Ernest Lilley
Abrams Image Hardcover  ISBN/ITEM#: 9780810989504
Date: 01 October 2009 List Price $24.95 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Article /

Boilerplate is an absolutely wonderful tale of steampunk robotics realized through the artistry of his true creators, authors and comic book artists Paul Ginan and Anina Bennett. By inserting their Victorian Automation into photographs and drawings from the period, they've brought to life both Professor Campion's wonderful creation and a rich period of American history. Why can I never find a Hugo Award Ballot when I need one?

From official release/information:

Product Description: 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 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.

(Source: Abrams Image)

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