The Great Adventures Of Boilerplate
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“Boilerplate was a mechanical man developed by Professor Archibald Campion during the 1880s and unveiled at the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition” said Paul Guinen, the illustrator and author of Boilerplate: History’s Mechanical Marvel. Wikipedia says “Boilerplate is a fictional robot of the Victorian era and early 20th century, created in 2000 by Portland, Oregon artist Paul Guinan. Originally intended for comics, the character became known via a faux-historical website created by Guinan, and has since appeared in other media.”
Basically to sum it all up, Boilerplate is not real. The idea was created in the 19th century, but a real, life-size robot was not present. Until now, that is. If you have some pocket money around, say around $10,000 you can buy a model of Boilerplate that is 12″ tall. It also has electric eyes, wind-up mechanism and a movable shoulder to reveal a brain.
Now about the book. As said before, Boilerplate: History’s Mechanical Marvel was written by Paul guinen. It is a collection of short stories often told by people in the 1900′s. For example, the charge up San Juan Hill with Teddy Roosevelt. Also shown in the trailer below, Boilerplate visits places like the South Pole and even World War I. If it’s a cool fiction book about robots you’re looking for, here’s the one for you. On amazon the hardbook version costs a low price of $16.47.