Gearheads

The Turbulent Rise of Robotic Sports
 
 
Simon + Schuster Inc. (Verlag)
  • erschienen am 1. November 2007
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  • 304 Seiten
 
E-Book
978-1-4165-8732-3 (ISBN)
 
In the early nineties, a visionary special-effects guru named Marc Thorpe conjured a field of dreams different from any the world had seen before: It would be framed by unbreakable plastic instead of cornstalks; populated not by ghostly ballplayers but by remote-controlled robots, armed to the steely teeth, fighting in a booby-trapped ring. If you built it, they'd come all right....

In Gearheads, Newsweek technology correspondent Brad Stone examines the history of robotic sports, from their cultish early years at universities and sci-fi conventions to today's televised extravaganzas -- and the turmoil that threatened the whole enterprise almost from the beginning.

By turns a lively historical narrative, a legal thriller, and an exploration of a cultural and technological phenomenon, Gearheads is a funny and fascinating look at the sport of the future today.

  • Englisch
  • Riverside
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  • USA
30-35 b&w photo insert
  • 0,81 MB
978-1-4165-8732-3 (9781416587323)
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Brad Stone
  • Cover
  • Colophon
  • Title Page
  • Copyright
  • Dedication
  • Contents
  • Epigraph
  • Prologue
  • PART I: The Age of Robot Wars
  • CHAPTER 1 The Purist
  • CHAPTER 2 Beginnings
  • CHAPTER 3 Robot Wars Years
  • CHAPTER 4 Courtrooms and Other Arenas of Violent Combat
  • PART II: Attack of the Human Money Bots
  • CHAPTER 5 The Ice Age
  • CHAPTER 6 Thorpus Delicti
  • CHAPTER 7 The Exalted Stage
  • CHAPTER 8 The Square of 2.70
  • CHAPTER 9 Marc Thorpe vs. Robot Wars
  • CHAPTER 10 The Final Showdown
  • Epilogue
  • Acknowledgments
  • Photo Credits
  • About the Author
  • Photographic Insert

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