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Robot Builder's Bonanza, 4th Edition, 4th Edition by Gordon McComb

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Chapter 1Welcome to the Wonderful World of Robotics!

There he sits, as he’s done countless long nights before, alone and deserted in a dank and musty basement. With each strike of his ball-peen hammer comes an ear-shattering bong and an echo that seems to ring forever. Slowly, his creation takes shape and form—it started as an unrecognizable blob of metal and plastic, soon it was transformed into an eerie silhouette, then …

Brilliant and talented, but perhaps a bit crazed, he is before his time: a social outcast, a misfit who belongs neither to science nor to fiction. He is the robot experimenter, and all he wants to do is make a mechanical creature that serves drinks at parties and wakes him up in the morning.

Okay, maybe this is a dark view ...

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