Monday, November 17, 2014

Robopocalypse by Daniel H. Wilson

Employing multiple diverse perspectives to tell one large cohesive story, Daniel H. Wilson's Robopocalypse is the story of the robot uprising, when artificial intelligence gets too intelligent and realizes that humans are a problem that needs to be eradicated. Smart cars, phones, and other advanced technology turns on humanity, starting a worldwide war.

Wilson uses the voices of an American commander, the ten-year-old daughter of a Congresswoman, a Japanese repairman, a teenage hacker, and a humanoid robot sympathetic to the human side of the war to tell many small stories that connect in a huge way. It's like Max Brooks's World War Z with robots, instead of zombies.

With a Ph.D. in robotics, Wilson integrates plausible technological advances with fiction, creating a very real world. If you enjoy Robopocalypse, you may also want to read the sequel, Robogenesis.

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