0810989506 Signed and inscribed by both authors along with a doodle by author Paul Guinan. 1st edition, 1st printing with full number line. Good. Few dings to covers. Light to moderate wear to covers/corners. Hardcover with no dust jacket. Book is oversized and/or heavy, priority or international orders will require additional shipping funds. Support Last Word Books & Press and independent booksellers.
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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 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.