Robopocalypse by Daniel H. Wilson; 2011; $25.00; 347 pages; Doubleday, New York, NY; 978-0-385-53385-0; Science Fiction; Checked out from Multnomah County Library, St. Johns; finished in San Diego, CA; 6/6-6/13
Why did I pick this up? I had read a couple of things by Daniel Wilson previously and I had met him at Wordstock last year and knew that Steven Spielberg had optioned it and was trying to make a movie of it.
What is the story? Similar to Will Smiths’ version of I, Robot except much more violent and technologically evil. One computer gains sentience and takes over all other robots and uses them to take over. Killing and imprisoning humans and experimenting and grafting them together with robots. Some computer programmers survive the robopocalypse and are able to get some of the robots separated from the central core and other robots gain sentience and align themselves with the humans so they don’t get enslaved by the central computer. This combined human and robot uprising manages to overcome the evil computer.
Did I like it? It was ok, I am not a big fan of the story structure, but I am excited to see the movie if it ever gets made.
What is with the title of the review? This will fit right in with E.T., Close Encounters, AI and Minority Report.