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2003 April 12
Gearheads Book Party and Robot ExtravaganzaSaturday, April 12th, 7 PM - Midnight
Ft. Mason Firehouse (by the Festival Pavilion)
$5 cover / $15 with an autographed copy of the book
Survival Research Labs. Robot Wars. BattleBots.
Awe-inspiring Robot spectacles that changed the way the world sees robotics. Gearheads, the new book by Brad Stone, covers their turbulent rise and this party celebrates the book, the creators, and their machines - bringing them and their robots together for a book signing and once-in-a-lifetime show.
Special Guests: Marc Thorpe (Robot Wars), Trey Roski & Greg Munson (BattleBots), Mark Pauline (SRL), Kal Spelletich (Seemen), Mike Winter and Will Wright (Stupid Fun Club, etc.), Reason Bradley & Alexander Rose (Inertia Labs), Jim Smentowski (Team Nightmare), Carlo Bertocchini (BioHazard), Stephen Felk (Voltronic), and many others! (Not all builders are bringing their bots, and not all bots are bringing their builders).
* Buy the new Book and get it autographed!
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. Stone surveys robotic combat's evolution, profiling the obsessive, brilliant builders; their ingenious, fearsome, often witty creations; and recounts the bitter power struggle between Thorpe and the record executive whose company financed the sport - a battle that pitted true belief in one corner and profitability in the other, and destroyed much more than just robots.
By turns a lively historical narrative, a legal thriller, and exploration of a cultural and technological phenomenon, Gearheads is a funny and fascinating look at the sport of the future today.