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December 16, 2009

Boilerplate Adventures

Donald Pittenger writes:

Dear Blowhards--

I've thumbed through it at bookstores, been intrigued by the concept, but still haven't come around to plunking down the cash for a book titled Boilerplate: History's Mechanical Marvel.

It's a richly illustrated fiction piece about a robot soldier created in the late 19th century called Boilerplate. Boilerplate serves in a number of conflicts, including Teddy Roosevelt's charge up San Juan Hill, and disappears on the Western Front shortly before the armistice is signed, ending the Great War.

To me, the most intriguing aspect of the book noticed during my thumb-throughs was how well the book's creators inserted images of Boilerplate in various historical photos and illustrations -- that robot blends into each scene beautifully, regardless of the style of the original image.

I notice that reviews in the Amazon link above were quite positive (aside from one fellow who failed to get the joke). Have any of you purchased / read through Boilerplate? Your reactions, please.



posted by Donald at December 16, 2009


... or you could save money by visiting the website that the book is based on:
It's been online for at least nine years, and is still as entertaining now as it was when it started.

Posted by: Boilerplate Fan from Waaaay Back on December 17, 2009 12:20 AM

There's an old dime novel ''something', the Steam Man of the Plains', reissued in the 1970s.

Posted by: Bruce on December 18, 2009 7:24 PM

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