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Daniel H. Wilson
is a New York Times
bestselling author and coeditor of the Robot Uprisings
anthology. He earned a Ph.D. in robotics from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, where he also received master’s degrees in robotics and in machine learning. He has published over a dozen scientific papers, holds four patents, and has written eight books. Wilson has written for Popular Science
, and Discover
, as well as online venues such as MSNBC.com, Gizmodo
, and Tor.com. In 2008, Wilson hosted The Works
, a television series on the History Channel that uncovered the science behind everyday stuff. His books include How to Survive a Robot Uprising
, A Boy and His Bot
, and Robopocalypse
(the film adaptation of which is slated to be directed by Steven Spielberg). He lives and writes in Portland, Oregon. Find him on Twitter @danielwilsonPDX.
John Joseph Adams is the editor of many bestselling anthologies, such as Oz Reimagined, The Mad Scientist’s Guide to World Domination, Epic: Legends of Fantasy, Other Worlds Than These, Armored, Under the Moons of Mars, Brave New Worlds, Wastelands, The Living Dead, Federations, The Improbable Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, and The Way of the Wizard. He has been called “the reigning king of the anthology world” by Barnes & Noble; he is a six-time Hugo Award finalist and a five-time finalist for the World Fantasy Awards. Adams is also the editor and publisher of the magazines Lightspeed and Nightmare, and is the cohost of Wired.com’s The Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy podcast. Find him on Twitter @johnjosephadams.
"Ambivalence toward technology is central to Adams and Wilson's collection of 17 stories about artificial intelligence in revolt. Sometimes the results are comic: the AI narrator of Charles Yu's 'Cycles' regards its human owner with a mixture of disgust, pity, and affection, and a household robot that illegally attempts to 'love' a child in John McCarthy's 'The Robot and the Baby' becomes a media sensation. More often, disaster ensues when machines designed to assist humans rebel, as with computer-controlled cars in Genevieve Valentine's postapocalyptic road trip 'Eighty Miles an Hour All the Way to Paradise' and intelligent children's toys in Seanan McGuire's heartbreaking 'We Are All Misfit Toys in the Aftermath of the Velveteen War.' Subtler dangers threaten to end the world in Alastair Reynolds's 'Sleepover' and Wilson's own 'Small Things.' Though a robot loves and raises a human child in Julianna Baggott's 'The Golden Hour' and a woman in an African village poisoned by a pipeline teaches a robot guard to play music in Nnedi Okorafor's 'Spider the Artist,' most of the stories in this entertaining and occasionally unsettling anthology present a decidedly pessimistic vision of machine futures." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Humans beware. As the robotic revolution continues to creep into our lives, it brings with it an impending sense of doom. What horrifying scenarios might unfold if our technology were to go awry? From self-aware robotic toys to intelligent machines violently malfunctioning, this anthology brings to life the half-formed questions and fears we all have about the increasing presence of robots in our lives. With contributions from a mix of bestselling, award-winning, and up-and-coming writers, and including a rare story by “the father of artificial intelligence,” Dr. John McCarthy, Robot Uprisings meticulously describes the exhilarating and terrifying near-future in which humans can only survive by being cleverer than the rebellious machines they have created.