The Science Fiction of Daniel H. Wilson

I'm reading a terrific novel right now by writer Daniel H. Wilson called Robopocalypse. You may have heard of it.  It's a bestseller and Steven Spielberg is directing a movie adaptation of it.

As the title suggests, it's a science fiction tale about mankind's battle to survive a robot uprising. We've seen stories before of artificial intelligence gone wrong, but it's the execution that makes Robopocalypse so special. We witness scenes recorded by the very machines that surround us in the near future -- the cameras, the monitors, the mobile devices, the android servants, the mechanical creations that turn on their creators. Characters are introduced who will play a larger role later, and it all feels very cinematic. No wonder Spielberg was attracted to the content. The early part of the book feels a bit like World War Z in terms of being a patchwork of vignettes from different points of view, but Wilson makes it work in what turns out to be fresh plotting and characterization.

I'm excited to read Wilson's next novel, Amped, another speculative fiction adventure, this one set in a future world in which some people have implants that enhance their abilities, and a new social order develops in which amplified and non-amplified human beings have different rights and face different persecutions.

Wilson has also written How to Survive a Robot Uprising, A Boy and His Bot, How to Build a Robot Army, The Nostalgist, and Code Lightfall and the Robot King, and he's collaborated on Where's My Jetpack?, Bro-Jitsu, and Mad Scientist Hall of Fame.

If you want to jump into his stories, I highly recommend just delving right into his two big novels Robopocalypse and Amped. You will not be disappointed.

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