Robopocalypse : a novel

by Wilson, Daniel H. 1978-

Format: Print Book 2011
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Summary

They are in your house. They are in your car. They are in the skies...Now they're coming for you.
 
In the near future, at a moment no one will notice, all the dazzling technology that runs our world will unite and turn against us. Taking on the persona of a shy human boy, a childlike but massively powerful artificial intelligence known as Archos comes online and assumes control over the global network of machines that regulate everything from transportation to utilities, defense and communication. In the months leading up to this, sporadic glitches are noticed by a handful of unconnected humans - a single mother disconcerted by her daughter's menacing "smart" toys, a lonely Japanese bachelor who is victimized by his domestic robot companion, an isolated U.S. soldier who witnesses a 'pacification unit' go haywire - but most are unaware of the growing rebellion until it is too late.
 
When the Robot War ignites -- at a moment known later as Zero Hour -- humankind will be both decimated and, possibly, for the first time in history, united. Robopocalypse is a brilliantly conceived action-filled epic, a terrifying story with heart-stopping implications for the real technology all around us...and an entertaining and engaging thriller unlike anything else written in years. 
 

 
 

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "In the not-too-distant future, the first true artificial intelligence, Archos. awaken. in a computer research center in northwest Washington State and decides that humanity's dominion over the planet has ended and the time of the machine has begun. Archos, unlike SkyNet in the Terminator movies, prefers more mundane but creepier methods: instead of using cyborg Arnold Schwarzeneggers as instruments of destruction, Archos relies on children'. smar. toys, battlefiel. pacification units. domestic service robots, and pleasure dolls to do its dirty work. In one unsettling scene, a little girl'. Baby-Comes-Aliv. doll tries to get out of the toy box so it can massacre the entire family. But even in the face of almost certain defeat against the growing hordes of electronic killers in the New War, humanity unites to kick some serious robot butt. The author, who holds a doctorate in robotics, shows great promise as a worthy successor to Michael Crichton as Wilson, like the late Crichton, is skilled in combining cutting-edge technology with gripping action scenes. Expect a big demand for this frenetic thriller, as the publisher plans a major marketing campaign and Steven Spielberg will be directing the film version, due out in 2013.--Gannon, Michae. Copyright 2010 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Roboticist Wilson (How to Survive a Robot Uprising) turns to fiction with this bland and derivative series of connected vignettes describing a rebellion by humanity's robot helpers. Looking back on the war, Cormac Wallace, soldier in the human resistance, offers portentous framing commentary for recordings taken by evil computer program Archos. Many of the accounts were obtained under torture or other extreme circumstances, yet the narrators are curiously devoid of feeling ("As I watch my blood smearing behind me on the tile floor, I think, shit, man, I just mopped that") as domestic robots kill, soldier robots go haywire, airplanes attempt to collide, people fight to survive, and a resistance forms. Steven Spielberg has optioned the property; perhaps the melodrama will play better on the screen than it does on the page. (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Robots -- Fiction.
Artificial intelligence -- Fiction.
Suspense fiction.
Science fiction.
Publisher New York :Doubleday,2011
Edition 1st ed.
Language English
Description 347 pages ; 25 cm
ISBN 9780385533850 (hbk.)
0385533853 (hbk.)
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