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Robopocalypse (Robo 1) [Hardcover]

Daniel H. Wilson
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Book Description

9 Jun 2011 Robo 1
Two decades into the future humans are battling for their very survival when a powerful AI computer goes rogue, and all the machines on earth rebel against their human controllers. The machines believe that the planet would be better off without humans, and that robots would be better caretakers of the earth's ecology. The robot war wages for five brutal years, but in the end humanity triumphs. Twenty minutes afer the war ends, Sergeant Cormac 'Bright Boy' Wallace is exterminating robots in the Alaskan wilderness when he finds a machine containing a an information cube - the robots' black box on the entire war. Inside are thousands of accounts of humans designated 'heroes' by the machines; from children to soldiers - those who fought, and those who died. A few individual robots also rejected the super-AI's homicidal campaign and join with human forces to save their collective freedom. Robopocalypse tells the story of humanity's battle to survive, with fry cooks and ordinary citizens battling rogue smart cars and independent-minded kitchen appliances, while government scientists take on murderous supercomputers.

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  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK (9 Jun 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0857204122
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857204127
  • Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 24.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 670,176 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Daniel H. Wilson was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He earned a PhD in Robotics from Carnegie Mellon University and a BS in Computer Science from the University of Tulsa. In 2008, he hosted The Works on the History Channel, exploring the inner workings of everyday stuff. He currently lives in Portland, Oregon.

You can visit his website at www.danielhwilson.com.

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'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, #1 New York Times Bestselling Author

'While his novel Robopocalypse seems built from the nuts and bolts of Terminator and World War Z, it's presented in a style that rewires the age-old story.' --SciFi Now

About the Author

Daniel Wilson holds a PhD in Robotics from Carnegie Mellon University. His previous titles include HOW TO SURVIVE A ROBOT UPRISING, as well as five other popular science books. This is his debut novel.

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Robots uprising! 19 Jun 2011
Format:Hardcover
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 well to your thought imagery as you ride along the train as time zero's down to the grand finale. Once i rode on the train i did not want to get off until an outcome is reached in this page turning orchestra of cataclysmic events. You become immersed in the battle for human salvation 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."
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Read World War Z instead 19 Feb 2012
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I so wanted to love this book. I thought that the writers background, Spielberg's buying of the movie rights from Foley's, and all of the great reviews, would guarantee a technological & emotional roller coaster, a magnificent world striding tour de force - in short, a modern sci-fi classic. What we got instead was a small, largely badly written, jingoistic, borderline racist, "isn't America the greatest country on Earth" movie treatment; and not a very good one at that!

Admittedly, the robots are far more imaginative than anything the Terminator movies dreamt up, but it all feels very small and lacking in any real jeopardy. With the whole world to write about the entire story involves a small handful of people whose lives are intertwined in the most contrived ways possible - then written about in the most mundane way possible. The writing is so poor that at times you can't decipher what's being described.

Oh, and if you're British, prepare for a London where Trafalgar Sq. has FIRE HYDRANTS and hoodies say things like "see you in the funny pages". You can tell where all of the writer's research went!

The final straw for me was reading about how the Indian, Chinese, Russia & Eastern European armies failed in their attempt to destroy the AI because they didn't wait for a handful of American's (the world's saviours, yet again - YAWN!) to show them how to do it. Not that it's any old Americans - no, it's Indians being led by cowboys! (Note: America, your history may seem like a long time ago to you, but to us it's a blink of an eye ago to the rest of the world and has been done to DEATH! Get over it. It's now very, very tired to the rest of us.)

If you want to read a book of true worldwide conflict and human suffering, adversity and courage, then do yourself a real favour and read World War Z.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining, generic, disposable 26 Nov 2011
By Paul Bowes TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
'Robopocalypse' is a fast-reading science fiction adventure set in the near future. Humanity succeeds in creating the first viable artificial intelligence. Unfortunately, the AI's ideas about human-AI relations are rather different from those of its creators; the resulting struggle threatens humanity with subjugation or extinction.

Daniel Wilson has a background in robotics, and he seems confident in extrapolating from the current state of the art to this disastrous fictional scenario. Unfortunately, he isn't so able a writer as a scientist. 'Robopocalypse' reads like a less subtle version of Max Brooks' 'World War Z', with sentient and semi-sentient robots replacing the zombies in a very similar narrative structure, with multiple narrators.

Oddly, Wilson seems more comfortable when dealing with action than with the science, and the book has considerable pace - which is useful, in that the reader is carried rapidly past the numerous implausibilities. The author's grasp of character never develops much beyond stereotypes, and he seems frankly uninterested in some of the people he creates; a number of them simply drop out of the story, never to be heard from again. His grasp of politics and foreign affairs is minimal: it won't surprise the British reader to learn that this is yet another parochial American SF thriller in which a well-armed American citizenry saves the world (with a token tip of the hat to a solitary Japanese).

The premise itself is not contemptible - put simply, nobody has any real idea of what a human-created machine intelligence would be like - but Wilson never convinced me that he had considered the issues raised in any depth.
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3.0 out of 5 stars If you read World War Z... Brace yourself
The book follows the same format as WWZ. But the writing is much much worse. It feels as if each chapter was written by the same person. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Komsomol
5.0 out of 5 stars superb
i really enjoyed this, looking forward to a potential film adaptation.

its a collection of short stories involving different characters that all blends into each other... Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars amazing
Really exiting yet sad in places plus the added bonus of gore absoulutly epic must bye and it is alot cheaper than in a shop
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great!
I really enjoyed reading this. It was well thought through with interesting characters and I couldn't put it down. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Peanut
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant read
great book... memoir style of writing similar to World War Z, which is actually why i picked it. not predictable, great writing, and not so much the distant future to make it... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Nichola Fisken
2.0 out of 5 stars Less good that I thought.
Nice idea I was looking to. Poorly written though. Characters are mostly cliche and dialogue is worse than Dan Brown.
Published 4 months ago by J. C. Riley
2.0 out of 5 stars Reads like a film script
Quite poor. I was expecting something along the lines of World War Z, but this is a poor imitation. The dialog is clunky and plot is full of holes. Very disappointed.
Published 5 months ago by Kevin Powell
4.0 out of 5 stars Good easy read - a bit predictable
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1.0 out of 5 stars RD 78
This book in my opinion has similar theme to the Zombie wars but became more interesting towards the end of the book.
Published 7 months ago by Roger Skeats
4.0 out of 5 stars Great fun - lots of nonsense, and very enjoyable!
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Does exactly what it says on the tin - read the blurb and if sounds like... Read more
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