December 13, 2011

Best of 2011 Lists

For me, this was the year of the Robopocalypse. The paperback version will be coming out in April 2012, but this was the year I spent months on the road giving book talks, meeting new authors and readers, and generally having a blast in a way that I never thought of when I decided to study robotics. Now that 2011 is winding down, I'm happy to see Robopocalypse appearing on various "best of" lists. Thank you again to everyone who read the book, loved it, and told someone else!

Next year, AMPED!

December 1, 2011

ARMORED, coming April 2012!

I've got a new short story in the upcoming anthology ARMORED. With the only constraint being that the piece had to involve powered armor, I came up with a super sick story that I love. It's called HELMET and it's pure vengeance, plus it stays away from your typical super-soldier story. I can only imagine how badass the rest of the stories are!

November 30, 2011

Library Talk

I'll be at Portland's Central Library this Saturday at 1pm -- talking about the Robopocalypse. If you've got burning questions about the robot rebellion then come on out and have a listen. After all, it's free. :)

November 22, 2011

Goodreads Choice Awards -- Final Round

A vote for the robots is a vote for your future!
Robopocalypse has made the final cut for the Goodreads Choice Awards. Only ten books left in every category and the robots need your vote! And of course, you earn my heartfelt thanks from rainy Portland.

Click here to vote, and secure a chance at mercy in the inevitable robot apocalypse.

*If you already voted, you have to vote again now for the new round...
** Happy Thanksgiving!

November 14, 2011


Do Your Part To Fuel The Robot Advance!

BBC News - Fear of the Bot

Is it weird that the homo sapien is checking out the robot's caboose?

Why are humans afraid of robots?

I occasionally get asked this question, and every time I answer it seems that a new wrinkle pops up. BBC News recently did a piece on the topic, interviewing quite a few really interesting people. (Anybody who builds thinking robot arms that pick people up and shake them around for fun is interesting in my book.) I also contributed my two cents.

Click here to read the article.

November 2, 2011

Goodreads Choice Awards 2011

I just learned that Robopocalypse has been nominated for a Goodreads Choice Award for Best Science Fiction of 2011!

Did you like the book, too? Well then head on down to Goodreads and give old Robo your vote. The machines will thank you -- by sparing your life.*

Some more information from the contest:
Readers have three chances to vote:
Opening Round: October 31 – November 13
Voting open to official nominees (that's you) and write-in votes.
Semifinals: November 14 – November 20
We add the top 5 write-ins as official nominees. Additional write-ins no longer accepted.
Finals: November 21 – November 30
The field narrows to the top 10 books in each category.

We analyzed statistics from the 87 million books added, rated, and reviewed on the site in 2011 to list 15 books in 22 categories--that's 330 nominations. We did not consult a panel of experts or form a secret committee of publishing insiders. Readers know what's good and what's great. These nominations are based on a book's number of ratings and average rating as pegged by the more than 6 million members on Goodreads. So a nomination is truly an honor because it comes from your readers!
* I can't guarantee this.

September 13, 2011

Incredible News

Robopocalypse is a go with DreamWorks and Spielberg! I am feeling very happy and thankful today. Plus, you know you have to count your blessings when you get an email like this from your agent:
"The Linda Chester Literary Agency congratulates client Daniel H. Wilson on his remarkable story of human ingenuity. His New York Times bestselling novel, ROBOPOCALYPSE, is a go at Dreamworks and Fox, with Steven Spielberg directing, and we couldn't be more thrilled."

September 8, 2011

Robopocalypse movie has release date!

DreamWorks announced yesterday that the funding situation and release date were all set for Robopocalypse. So, it looks like the movie is really, really coming together. Words can't express how exciting this is for me. And don't even ask me how I'm going to feel on:

July 4th, 2013

The description at pretty much has all the info. Also, LOVE the comments section!

September 7, 2011


Whoa, it's been three months since ROBOPOCALYPSE was released! And about a month since the book tour ended. And a while since I posted to the blog... :P

Thought I'd chime in and let the world know that I'm hard at work on my next novel, called AMPED (yes, the book has had a slight renaming). AMPED is slated to come out summer 2012, so I've got to put the finishing touches on it over the next few weeks. ROBO is still selling great and lately more people have started to check out HOW TO SURVIVE A ROBOT UPRISING, which is wonderful! More survivors, you know?

Okay, back to the grindstone...

July 26, 2011

Mysterious Galaxy

Martians, Murder, Magic, Mayhem.
While I was at Comic-Con I had the good fortune to sign books for local indie bookstore Mysterious Galaxy. So, if you are looking for signed copies of Robopocalypse (or any other book, for that matter), Mysterious Galaxy has an incredible selection of signed first editions on hand. Happy hunting!

Want to Survive the Robot Apocalypse?

He looks friendly enough. Right?
Visit the Wandake blog to check out your required reading. Remember: Survivors come prepared!

July 18, 2011

Behind the Robopocalypse

What did you say?

Some nice press for Robopocalypse came in today.


First off, the Canadian Globe and Mail has a piece on "The art of making scary robots." They've got a solid interview with some of the background pieces that went into Robo in order to make it as frightening as possible. 


Meanwhile, Chris Barton at the LA Times has a (slightly snarky) review of Robopocalypse. He calls me the "heir-apparent" to Michael Crichton, which is nice. But he also says other sci-fi authors must be stabbing voodoo dolls of me with needles, which is not as nice to think about. 
“A fast-paced and decidedly cinematic novel with chills mixed in with the thrills. Wilson's war includes darkly comic touches, such as the fastidious robots compulsively clearing away the human remains after every attack, and a murderous elevator communicating with its familiar "ding" as it cheerily lures elderly retirees to their deaths. These details add a richly haunting atmosphere to the robots' tactics. Robopocalypse is a crisply efficient and intermittently chilling summer read”
I have to mention, 1) the robots clear away human remains because the machines are built to operate on flat surfaces; they keep the streets clean so they can move, not because it's somehow funny; and 2) the elevator "ding" is kind of funny, but mostly that detail is because I find that inserting ordinary moments into horrific situations increases the terror because the familiar suddenly becomes grotesque. :)


And finally, I did an in-depth recorded interview with bloggingheads TV that has aired. It goes into why I think self-driving cars are inevitable, what it feels like to sell something to Mr. Spielberg, and why Asimov's three laws don't have anything to do with robotics!


July 9, 2011

Oh, Powell's Books

I'm on my way out the door to go sign a few books up the street at my neighborhood independent bookstore -- Powell's Books. Just thinking to myself how nice it is to have the City of Books right down the road, and to have Robopocalypse as a staff pick on shelves that are only a couple blocks away from where I wrote the dang thing!

Remember: If you want a signed first edition of Robopocalypse -- Powell's is your best bet!


July 6, 2011

LA Times Bestseller

Back from my book tour, I'm now having a wonderful time tracking the progress of Robopocalypse. I was too frazzled last week to realize that Robo had debuted on the LA Times Bestseller list at #8! This week is has dipped to #15, but still, how rad is that?

California love.

July 3, 2011

Talking 'Bout the Armageddon has a Q&A up with me, about some of the details behind Robopocalypse. The interview was conducted with my old friend Tim Hornyak, author of Loving the Machine. Tim was also my go-to research source on life in Tokyo while I was writing.

June 29, 2011

book tour -- University Bookstore Seattle, WA

I'll be speaking tonight at 7pm PST at the University Bookstore in lovely Seattle, WA. I lived in Seattle for a few years while working for Intel Research (and my degree), and I love this place. Kind of a rougher version of Portland. Anyway, if you're around please come out and experience the Robopocalypse first hand!

Click here for more details.

June 28, 2011

Robopocalypse is an Amazon Best Book of 2011 (so far...)

Robots ship your orders from Amazon's warehouses...
and they pick their favorite books for the lists. has a list of the top ten best books of the year (so far), and Robopocalypse is hanging in there with a steely fortitude. Click here to check out the full list!

June 20, 2011

Book Talk Tonight -- Tulsa, Oklahoma!

I'm giving a book talk tonight in my hometown. We're under a heavy thunderstorm warning right now... ah, Oklahoma -- I missed you!


June 15, 2011

New York Times Best Seller!

This just in...

...Robopocalypse is officially a New York Times Best Seller!!!

Thanks to everyone for buying the book -- and thanks to those who will soon buy it! :)

June 7, 2011


Oh, hi!
Wow... my first novel is released today!

ROBOPOCALYPSE tells the story of a group of people trying to survive after technology has turned against us. I've been so lucky to get great press so far, and a great push from Doubleday. And it doesn't hurt that Spielberg plans to direct the movie...

Stephen King called it amazing. The New York Times says it’s “an ingenious, instantly visual story.” And Clive Cussler calls it “a brilliantly conceived thriller that could become horrific reality.”

And today -- finally -- you can buy ROBO from any of these fine retailers!

So please, buy Robopocalypse for yourself, your friends, and any family pets!

June 5, 2011

Robo is Barnes & Noble Sci-Fi Pick of the Month

Thanks, James!
The science fiction and fantasy expert at Barnes and Noble has chosen Robopocalypse as his top book for the month of June.
"Topping my list of June titles is Daniel H. Wilson's Robopocalypse, a cautionary but -- we can only hope -- not prophetic tale about our reliance on technology. While its themes are well worth pondering, what makes it especially apt for summer reading is the action-packed plot that brings them to life..."
Click here to visit Barnes & Noble.

June 3, 2011


Only four days left until Robopocalypse goes out!

In the meantime, I realize that I'm awfully lonely on I've got 20 friends and they're the best but... if you're on the site, go ahead and say hello!

May 25, 2011

video interview for USA Today

Things are heating up for the June 7th release of Robopocalypse. I just got home to Portland from a three day trip to New York City where I visited Book Expo America and sat down to shoot a video interview for USA Today.

Click here to read the USA Today article.

To hear more about what I'm up to, follow my twitter feed @danielwilsonPDX. Fascinating!

May 22, 2011

headed to book expo america

ROBOPOCALYPSE comes out June 7th -- only a couple weeks from now! The madness is already starting. I'm excited to be headed to NYC tomorrow to attend my first BEA. The best part is that lots of other authors are going to be there, including some heroes like Margaret Atwood and Chuck Palahniuk. Can't wait...

Meet your favorite Doubleday authors at BEA!

May 17, 2011

ROBO Video Contest

Submissions are officially closed for the contest. We received an awesomely wide variety of submissions. I'm listing a few here that are also publicly available on YouTube. Keep in mind, these selections in no way reflect who the winners are because that hasn't been decided yet!

There were live-action clips of people straight up dealing with the Robopocalypse...

... and more formal book trailer type submissions...

... and tons of creative stuff that defies explanation.

All in all, I'm incredibly impressed with the creativity and finesse that went into these submissions. Winners will be announced soon!

April 13, 2011

Make Your Own Robopocalypse Trailer -- Win Cold Hard Cash.

In anticipation of all-out ROBOPOCALYPSE, Doubleday is planning to welcome our shiny new metal overlords with an appeasing short video -- and they're willing to pay you to create it.

That's right, it's a Video Contest!

Grand Prize: $750
First Prize: $500
Second Prize: $250

The best part is that Doubleday has made some previously in-house materials available to the public, including:

1) High resolution images of the robot that is on the cover of the book.
2) A top-secret audio interview between me and my editor Jason Kaufman (who also edits Dan Brown, no less).
3) A full two chapter excerpt from the book.
4) The font used on the cover of the book.

Full details (and "Contest Assets") are on the video contest page at Facebook.

Show me what you got, humans!

March 15, 2011

Retro Robots on the Battlefield

"Maybe the rainbow pattern will make them think it's friendly?"
I've got a piece up at Lightspeed Magazine about how robots have been fighting our wars for more than half a century -- in the form of drones, smart torpedoes, and, basically, sentient guns. Yet we always flatter ourselves with the idea that we are living through a sea change of technology. Wrong again, humans. :)

March 10, 2011

robo buzz

Is there such a thing as too brainy?

USA Today put a bit about ROBOPOCALYPSE into the Book Buzz section. Just three more months before the robot apocalypse hits planet earth like a tidal wave of buzz saws. If you want to stay up to date with this madness, you should probably facebook-ify the architect of humankind's demise --> Archos R-14.

February 24, 2011

Growing Up With Go-bots.

Go-bots, aka "Transformers for poor kids."
Collectors Weekly, a website devoted to collectibles of all varieties (including awesome toy robots) is running a featured interview with Yours Truly. The interview is really long and I ramble quite a bit about growing up with Go-bots and why I loved writing A BOY AND HIS BOT. Reading it over now, I'm realizing this interview offers quite a peek into my psyche. So that's how I ended up being a nerdy robot-loving guy!

Click here to read the interview.

February 3, 2011

A Boy and His Bot Review Roundup!

It's been about a month since A BOY AND HIS BOT hit bookshelves, and it seems like a good time to take a look around and see what the reviewers are saying. Thankfully, it's a lot of nice things. Without further ado:

"With a goofy sense of humor and plenty of action, Wilson presents a coming-of-age journey with shades of Alice in Wonderland and The Wonderful Wizard of Oz."
Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)

"...the climax brings on plenty of large-scale destruction, and fans of underworld odysseys will relish the wink-wink satire."
Kirkus Reviews

"A BOY AND HIS BOT is a winning combination of suspense and fun about a boy who lands in a mechanical Wonderland of robots that would awe even Alice. The perfect mix of reality and fantasy."
Curled Up With a Good Kid's Book Blog

"This book is a great adventure for boys and if you have a reluctant reader this would be a good book for him."

"...absolutely one of the better sci-fi books for this age group that does really need them. Worth your time."
The Artolater Blog

Finally, the book has a 4.67 out of 5 stars on Goodreads

January 26, 2011

My Favorite Five Books About Robots EVAR!

An interview just went up on The Browser today, in which I discuss my five favorite books about robots and robotics. It was a great interview and I got to talk about a lot of my favorite things, from science fiction to science fact.
Because after you read a book like this, you look at any problem that is out there, and you think to yourself, ‘Oh I can build a machine that can figure this out better than a human, with better accuracy, and more quickly.’ They say that once you have a hammer everything begins to look like a nail. That’s absolutely true, and Machine Learning is one hell of a hammer.
Click here to give it a read!

January 21, 2011

I'm Confused and Excited About This!

As I mentioned in a previous blog post, a book that I co-authored with Dr. Anna C. Long -- THE MAD SCIENTIST HALL OF FAME -- was recently translated into French and released with a brand-new (very cool) cover by the Calmann-Levy publishing house.

Now, it seems that the book has been put on a short list of potential nominees for a French prize for fantasy/sci-fi, called the "Grand Prix de l'Imaginaire." Doesn't that sound impressive? Everything sounds better in French.

Unfortunately, I can't speak or read the language very well (and Google Translate is worse at it than I am). But from what I can gather, there will be another round of cuts and then a final prize announced in March.

Compliments of Google Translate...
GPI, or Grand Prix de l'Imaginaire, is the oldest French prices still in business - since 1974 - and the most prestigious devoted to "Literature of the Imagination." The term "imaginary" covers all of these "wrong kinds" that are science fiction, fantasy, as well as various fusions of these genres and still "transfictions" where, for example, some elements insidiously slip in a literature known as "general."
We're honored just to be pre-nominated. :)

January 11, 2011

Tulsa World

The Tulsa World newspaper (in my hometown) printed a great breakdown of what I've been up to (and will be up to this year), as well as a summary of A BOY AND HIS BOT. Nice!

The day before Wilson sold "Robopocalypse" to his publisher, his manager called from Los Angeles and said, much to Wilson's surprise, "Hey Daniel, we have an offer from Dreamworks for this book."
Click here to read the article.

January 4, 2011

A BOY AND HIS BOT released today!

Written for ages nine to twelve, my first middle reader novel explores the fate of a boy who stumbles upon an experimental world built and abandoned by an ancient human civilization. Traveling with a speck sized robot named Peep and a ten-foot-tall atomic slaughterbot named Gary, young Code Lightfall must find a way out of Mekhos, and a way to save the lives of his friends.

The first review is in, over at the Michael Belfiore Blog.
"Drawing from his background as a CMU-trained robotics expert, Wilson creates a world every bit as amazing as Harry Potter’s. Actually, even more amazing, as it doesn’t depend on magic; it all could, conceivably, come true, and therein lies the real magic."
Please check it out!


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