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Robopocalypse by Daniel H. Wilson

 

Praise

“It’s terrific page-turning fun.”–Stephen King, Entertainment Weekly

“Daniel H. Wilson’s Robopocalypse is…an ingenious, instantly visual story of war between humans and robots.” – Janet Maslin, New York Times

“It’ll be scarier than “Jaws”: We don’t have to go in the water, but we all have to use gadgets.”–Wall Street Journal

“A superbly entertaining thriller…[Robopocalypse has] everything you’d want in a beach book.” – Richmond Times-Dispatch

“Robopocalypse is the kind of robot uprising novel that could only have been written in an era when robots are becoming an ordinary part of our lives. This isn’t speculation about a far-future world full of incomprehensible synthetic beings. It’s five minutes into the future of our Earth, full of the robots we take for granted. If you want a rip-roaring good read this summer, Robopocalypse is your book.”–io9.com

“You’re swept away against your will… a riveting page turner.” — Associated Press

“Things pop along at a wonderfully breakneck pace, and by letting his characters reveal themselves through their actions, Wilson creates characters that spring to life. Vigorous, smart and gripping.” —Kirkus

“A brilliantly conceived thriller that could well become horrific reality. A captivating tale, Robopocalypse will grip your imagination from the first word to the last, on a wild rip you won’t soon forget. What a read…unlike anything I’ve read before.” —Clive Cussler, New York Times bestselling author

“An Andromeda Strain for the new century, this is visionary fiction at its best: harrowing, brilliantly rendered, and far, far too believable.”–Lincoln Child, New York Times bestselling author of Deep Storm

“Robopocalypse reminded me of Michael Crichton when he was young and the best in the business. This novel is brilliant, beautifully conceived, beautifully written (high-five, Dr. Wilson)…but what makes it is the humanity. Wilson doesn’t waste his time writing about ‘things,’ he’s writing about human beings — fear, love, courage, hope. I loved it.” —Robert Crais, New York Times bestselling author of The Sentry

 

Review

There is a New War igniting by the very machines that were serving humans ‘Robots.’ Is there any hope for the human race and what weapon could match the ability of the artificial intelligence?
We had zombies with World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War and vampires with The Strain nows the time for something new and fresh setting a new trend, evil robots. A writer who has a Ph.D in Robotics has created a gauntlet race of time to a concluding event that will change the path of robots and humans forever. Written in neat chapters of different accounts that chart the unraveling of war from the artificial intelligence Archos, unleashing unrelenting destruction upon humans via it’s robots. The writing flows well and does well transferring the words to your thought imagery, as you ride along the train as time zero’s down to the grand finale. Once i rode on this train of a story i did not want to get off until the final endpoint of this page turning orchestra of cataclysmic events was reached. You become immersed in this battle for human survival against the ensuing apocalypse at the hands of the robots.

“The machines are now designing and building themselves. More varieties are coming. We believe that these new robots will have greatly increased agility, survivability, and lethality. They will be tailored to fight your people, in your geographic environment, and in your weather conditions.

Let there be no doubt in your mind that the combined onslaught of these machines, working twenty-four hours a day, will soon be unleashed by Archos on your native land.”

Steven Spielberg is working on the movie watch this space for more news as it comes..

 



 

Reviewed by Lou Pendergrast on 17 July 2011

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    Author Talks

    Interview

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    July 3, 2011 4:00 AM PDT

    ‘Robopocalypse’: Talkin’ robot Armageddon (Q&A)

    Skynet? That’s so 1980s. Evil artificial intelligence has a new name, and it’s Archos.

    Archos is the villain in Daniel Wilson’s new novel “Robopocalypse,” and it’s bad-ass. The time is the near future, and Archos has taken control of every intelligent machine on the planet, from household robots to airplane autopilots to self-driving cars. All of them are trying to kill or enslave humans:

    In the first months after Zero Hour, billions of people around the world began a fight for survival. Many were murdered by technology they had come to trust: automobiles, domestic robots, and smart buildings. Others were captured and led to the forced-labor camps that sprang up outside major cities. But for the people who ran for the hills to fend for themselves–the refugees–other human beings soon proved to be just as dangerous as Rob. Or more so. (“Robopocalypse,” p. 195)

    The premise isn’t new. But Wilson, who has a doctorate in robotics from Carnegie Mellon University, invests it with a remarkable realism. It’s also a fast-paced, multifaceted tale of survival told by characters ranging from an elderly engineer in Japan to a U.S. Army technician in Afghanistan to a resistance fighter in Alaska. As relentless as a Predator drone, this mind-bending thriller will make you tread a lot more carefully around your Roomba.

    At age 33, Daniel Wilson already has seven books under his belt.

    (Credit: Anna Camille Long)

    Published earlier this month, “Robopocalypse” is already on The New York Times bestseller list, and Steven Spielberg is set to direct a film version. I’ve known Wilson since we were both flogging books about robots and caught up with him on his tour to promote “Robopocalypse.”

    Q: Robots destroying mankind has been done myriad times. Why did you want to ride this old horse for this novel?
    Wilson: My goal with “Robopocalypse” was to allow the reader to hit the ground running. For this reason, I set the story in the near future, chose not to focus on tedious technological details, and used a familiar robot uprising story setup. Once the reader is in my world, however, things quickly become more complex and interesting.

    You’ve got a Ph.D. in robotics from CMU. How many evil robots have you built, and what do you make of President Obama telling folks there last week that, as commander-in-chief, his job is to “keep an eye” on robots?
    Wilson: Robots are tools that can be used for good or evil, but to my knowledge no scientist has ever intentionally built an evil robot. Robots clearly have an image problem. I think it’s because in the United States robots entered pop culture as movie monsters in the 1950s. Unlike other monsters (e.g., mummies, vampires, and zombies), robots have actually transitioned into real-world technology that is in our lives. Unfortunately, that movie monster stigma hasn’t yet fallen away. But I trust that someday it will.

    You’ve got plenty of scary robots in your story. Did you draw inspiration from real machines? How concerned should we be about the ongoing robotization of the U.S. military? Will there always be a “human in the loop”?
    Wilson: Each of my scary robots is based intensively upon real-world robotics technology. You can think of every robot as the solution to a problem. Sometimes people set out to solve military problems, and the result is a military robot.

    In some cases, having a “human in the loop” is advantageous. In other cases, it is not feasible to consult a human before pulling the trigger–such as for land mines, autonomous hunter-killer torpedoes, and ship-to-air defense systems that target and annihilate incoming missiles.

    Autonomous weapons have been around for ages. That’s why I’m not any more worried about robotics technology in warfare than I am about other technology used in warfare. War drives progress, and progress isn’t slowing down anytime soon.

    When do you think general-purpose robots (not, say, machines dedicated to vacuuming) might become common in households?
    Wilson: The most human-friendly shape for a robot to take is our own. For that reason, I believe humanoid robots will someday be a common sight in our cities and homes. Unfortunately, interacting with human beings poses a set of incredibly difficult problems that must be solved at the same time: speech recognition, gesture recognition, bipedal locomotion, grasping, and object manipulation, etc. It could easily take a few decades to solve these problems in a cost-efficient way. Until then, we will continue to see single-purpose consumer robots like vacuums and floor scrubbers.

    Let’s say all those Skynet blog comments prove prophetic and Skynet comes true. For those who won’t have a copy of another of your books, “How to Survive a Robot Uprising,” (Skynet will have destroyed all copies, natch), what do you advise for staying alive?
    Wilson: To survive the Robopocalypse, take full advantage of your human adaptability and ingenuity. Move to a rural environment that is not robot friendly, or use demolition techniques to create a hostile environment. Watch your enemy and learn his strengths and weaknesses. Meanwhile, constantly change your own tactics and remain unpredictable. If it comes down to it, go for the sensors.

    You’ve got a film version of “Robopocalypse” in the works. What’s next for you?
    Wilson: I’m currently writing my next novel, entitled “AMP.” It is about a near-term future in which a human rights movement is sparked when people begin incorporating technology into their bodies. The film rights sold to Summit, with Alex Proyas tentatively attached to direct. I’m also screenwriting the remake of a 1980s movie called “Cherry 2000.”

    Sounds fascinating. Thanks for your time!

    The Nostalgist Daniel H Wilson

    The Nostalgist Daniel H Wilson can be read at Publishers link and listened to there http://www.tor.com/stories/2009/07/nostalgist?start=1