Clockwork Game: The Illustrious Career Of A Chessplaying Automaton

Contribution by Jane Irwin
Editor Nisi Shawl
by Jane Irwin

Fiery Studios | January 1, 2014 | Trade Paperback

Clockwork Game: The Illustrious Career Of A Chessplaying Automaton is rated 5 out of 5 by 1.
In 1769, the court of Empress Maria Theresia witnessed one of that era''s most amazing feats of engineering: a machine that could play chess. Artfully constructed by a Hungarian nobleman named Wolfgang von Kempelen, the chess-machine played a unique game against each opponent, far surpassing the abilities of all its fellow automata. Throughout its eighty-five year career, audiences across Europe and the Americas flocked to see the mechanical marvel seemingly capable of human intelligence; Napoleon, Charles Babbage, and Benjamin Franklin were among its challengers, and Edgar Allen Poe wrote an essay attempting to explain how it worked. Despite its demise over a hundred fifty years ago, its mystery continues to fascinate, and its audience''s reaction to its Orientalist trappings casts fresh light on our present sense of the ''exotic''. Written and Illustrated by Jane Irwin, author of the Vogelein graphic novels, Clockwork Game retells the true story of the world''s first chess-playing automaton, blending reality and fiction into a singular graphic novel.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 216 pages, 10 × 8 × 0.75 in

Published: January 1, 2014

Publisher: Fiery Studios

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0974311022

ISBN - 13: 9780974311029

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from An Epic Historical Absolutely awesome. A fascinating historical fiction that runs from the mid 1700s to the 1850s as it chronicles the fascinating "life" of a sideshow attraction billed as a clockwork automaton that could play chess by itself. Crossing paths with famous people throughout this time period from the German Empress Maria Theresea to Napoleon Bonaparte to Edgar Allan Poe, this makes for riveting reading. I'm well-read in the Victorian Era, and while this mainly takes place before that time, I'm still surprised I'd never heard of it before. This curiosity held people fascinated with whether it was real or fake for 85 years! Irwin has written a truly epic graphic novel that contains so much intriguing historical details and a fascinating plot that keeps even the reader guessing until the reveal (for one who doesn't know the historical outcome). The artwork is incredibly detailed and a pleasure to behold, making the reading go at a pace slow enough to thoroughly take in the illustration. I was completely satisfied when I'd completed the story to only find an incredibly rich page by page "Notes" section that contains detailed historical annotations and author's input on where she took artistic license and where regrettably she had to leave some parts of the story out. This is an adult book but is sure to be a hit with ages teen and older.
Date published: 2014-11-19

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Clockwork Game: The Illustrious Career Of A Chessplaying Automaton

Contribution by Jane Irwin
Editor Nisi Shawl
by Jane Irwin

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 216 pages, 10 × 8 × 0.75 in

Published: January 1, 2014

Publisher: Fiery Studios

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0974311022

ISBN - 13: 9780974311029

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In 1769, the court of Empress Maria Theresia witnessed one of that era''s most amazing feats of engineering: a machine that could play chess. Artfully constructed by a Hungarian nobleman named Wolfgang von Kempelen, the chess-machine played a unique game against each opponent, far surpassing the abilities of all its fellow automata. Throughout its eighty-five year career, audiences across Europe and the Americas flocked to see the mechanical marvel seemingly capable of human intelligence; Napoleon, Charles Babbage, and Benjamin Franklin were among its challengers, and Edgar Allen Poe wrote an essay attempting to explain how it worked. Despite its demise over a hundred fifty years ago, its mystery continues to fascinate, and its audience''s reaction to its Orientalist trappings casts fresh light on our present sense of the ''exotic''. Written and Illustrated by Jane Irwin, author of the Vogelein graphic novels, Clockwork Game retells the true story of the world''s first chess-playing automaton, blending reality and fiction into a singular graphic novel.