Thursday, October 29, 2015

Review and Giveaway: Robot Universe by Ana Matronic

Robot Universe
     Legendary Automatons and Androids from the Ancient World to the Distant Future
Author:  Ana Matronic
Publisher:  Sterling, November 10, 2015
Format:  Hardcover, 224 pages
List Price:  $19.95
ISBN:  978-1-4549-1821-9
Review Copy:  Provided by the Publisher

Explore the Robot Universe, and discover the hundred most epic androids and automatons from myth, through popular culture, to modern-day machines. Robot aficionado Ana Matronic—vocalist with world-famous band Scissor Sisters—explores their creation, design, purpose, and how they have comforted, fascinated, or terrified us across the ages and galaxies, profiling key sidekicks, servants, saviors, murder machines, cyborgs, and others in every genre. In-depth features cover special focus topics, such as robots in art and fashion, video games and comics, and music. This richly illustrated collection deftly shows how we have defined and redefined robots, why they capture our imagination, and why they’re here to stay, ending with a look at real-life robots from early prototypes to what lies in our robotic future.

Qwill's Thoughts

Robot Universe by Ana Matronic is divided into two main sections - Robots Imagined and Robots Realized. Robots Imagined covers 65 fictional robots with Matronic's reasons they should be included. She includes robots from novels, movies, TV, comics and more in well done subsections such as Servants, Sidekicks & Saviors and Robots in Music. Robots Realized covers Early Prototypes to The Future is Now with a fascinating look at what has happened and what is happening in robotics presently.

Robot Universe is a visually beautiful book that is both informative and well thought out. Matronic knows her robots and the Introduction should not be skipped. While not every fictional and non-fictional robot is included, this is a wonderful survey which covers many iconic robots and many not-so-iconic and possibly forgotten robots. Robot Universe is a fabulous and fun book for robot fans of all ages and those who would like to learn about this fascinating topic.

A peak inside

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About the Author

Ana Matronic is a musician, performer, radio presenter, DJ, and visual artist best known as the female lead of the internationally acclaimed band Scissor Sisters. A lifetime of loving robots inspired her stage name as well as the bionic circuitry tattoo on her right arm. She lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her husband, Seth Kirby, and her cat, Izzy.

Website  ~  Twitter @MsAnaMatronic  

The Giveaway

What:  One entrant will win a hardcover copy of Robot Universe by Ana Matronic from Sterling. US / CANADA ONLY

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  1. One of my favorite robots is Adam Link, from the classic stories by Eando Binder (Earl and Otto Binder).

  2. C3PO I love how helpful he tries to be meredithfl at gmail dot com

  3. One of my favorite robots was the robot from Lost in Space. The "Danger, Will Robinson!" is still part of the pop icon language. He was a Class M-3 Model B9, General Utility Non-Theorizing Environmental Control Robot, which had no given name.