Daniel H. Wilson
|Daniel H. Wilson|
March 6, 1978 |
|Alma mater||Carnegie Mellon University University of Tulsa|
|Period||2005 – present|
|Notable work(s)||How to Survive a Robot Uprising, Robopocalypse|
Daniel H. Wilson (born March 6, 1978) is a New York Times best selling author, television host and robotics engineer. Wilson is a contributing editor to Popular Mechanics magazine, called the "Resident Roboticist". He currently resides in Portland, Oregon. His most recent novel, published on June 5, 2012, is Amped.
Early life 
Wilson attended Booker T. Washington High School, graduating in 1996. He earned his B.S. in Computer Science at the University of Tulsa in 2000, spending one semester studying philosophy abroad in Melbourne, Australia at the University of Melbourne. He completed an M.S. in Robotics, another M.S. in Machine Learning, and his Ph.D. in Robotics in 2005 at the Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. His thesis work, entitled Assistive Intelligent Environments for Automatic Health Monitoring, focused on providing automatic location and activity monitoring in the home via low-cost sensors such as motion detectors and contact switches. He has worked as a research intern at Microsoft Research, the Xerox PARC, Northrop Grumman, and Intel Research Seattle.
- His first book, How to Survive a Robot Uprising, won a Rave Award from Wired and was chosen by the American Library Association (ALA) as a "2007 Popular Paperback for Young Adults."
- His second book, Where's My Jetpack?, was a GQ Media Pick for 2007.
- His third book, How to Build a Robot Army, was chosen by the American Library Association (ALA) as a "2009 Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers."
- His first novel, Robopocalypse, was a New York Times best seller; an LA Times best seller; a winner of the Alex Awards presented by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA); a Barnes & Noble Best Book of 2011; a nominee for the John W. Campbell Memorial Award for Best Science Fiction Novel; and a nominee for the 2012 Endeavor Award.
- He is the Guest of Honor at the Capricon 33 science fiction convention, held in Chicago.
- A Boy and His Bot, middle reader (New York: Bloomsbury Children's, 2011)
- AMPED, techno thriller (New York: Doubleday, 2012)
- Robogenesis, techno thriller (New York: Doubleday, 2014)
Short Fiction 
- "The Nostalgist" (Tor.com, 2009)
- "Parasite" (in 21st Century Dead: A Zombie Anthology, edited by Christopher Golden, St. Martin's Press, 2012)
- "Helmet" (in Armored, edited by John Joseph Adams, Baen Books, 2012)
- "Freshee's Frogurt" (in Diverse Energies, edited by Tobias S. Buckell and Joe Monti, Tu Books, 2012)
- "Foul Weather" ("Nightmare Magazine", edited by John Joseph Adams, 2012)
- "The Executor" (in The Mad Scientist Guide to World Domination, edited by John Joseph Adams, Tor, 2013)
Graphic Novels 
- "Spooky Shit" (in "Zombies Vs. Robots: Seasons of War", illustrated by Sam Kieth and edited by Chris Ryall, IDW, 2012)
- How To Survive a Robot Uprising: Tips on Defending Yourself Against the Coming Rebellion, humor (New York: Bloomsbury, 2005)
- Where's My Jetpack?: A Guide to the Amazing Science Fiction Future That Never Arrived, humor (New York: Bloomsbury, 2007)
- How To Build a Robot Army: Tips on Defending Planet Earth Against Aliens, Ninjas, and Zombies, humor (New York: Bloomsbury, 2008)
- The Mad Scientist Hall of Fame: Muwahahaha!, humor (New York: Citadel, 2008)
- Bro-Jitsu: The Martial Art of Sibling Smackdown, humor (New York: Bloomsbury Children's, 2010)
Anthologies Edited 
- Robot Uprisings, co-edited with John Joseph Adams (New York: Vintage, 2014)
Film Adaptations 
How to Survive a Robot Uprising 
How to Survive A Robot Uprising, published during Wilson's final year of graduate school in late 2005, was optioned by Paramount Pictures. A screenplay was written by Tom Lennon and Ben Garant, and produced by Mike DeLuca. Mike Myers was attached to star;. The sequel to How to Survive a Robot Uprising, called "How to Build a Robot Army", was also optioned by Paramount Pictures. However, the options eventually expired.
In November 2009, Wilson sold his novel Robopocalypse to Doubleday, with Jason Kaufman (editor of Dan Brown, among others) coming on as editor. One day before rights to the novel were purchased, Wilson sold film rights to DreamWorks SKG, with Steven Spielberg officially signing on to direct.
In November 2010, Wilson sold his novel AMPED to Doubleday, again working with editor Jason Kaufman. Film rights to the novel were sold to Summit Entertainment, with Alex Proyas (Dark City; The Crow; I, Robot) attached to direct.
The Nostalgist 
Television Host 
Wilson hosted a series on the History Channel entitled The Works, which debuted on July 10, 2008. Ten episodes of The Works aired, in which Wilson explained the hidden workings of everyday items, including Sneakers, Guns, Beer, Garbage, Robots, Skydiving, Power Tools, Steel, Motorcycles, and Tattoos. He has also appeared as himself in Modern Marvels and Countdown to Doomsday.
- Best Sellers – Hardcover Fiction. The New York Times, June 26, 2011.
- Wilson, D: Top 5 Robots That Own You, Popular Mechanics, October 1, 2009.
- Dean, C: If Robots Ever Get Too Smart, He'll Know How to Stop Them. The New York Times, Feb 14, 2006.
- Fleming, M: Myers leads Par 'Uprising', Variety, April 26, 2006
- Anders, C.J.: A Robot Uprising Comedy from Jack Black and the Director of Hot Tub Time Machine, io9, Oct 22, 2010
- Fleming, M: Nickelodeon Strikes 'Bro-Jitsu' Deal Variety, May 16, 2007.
- Fleming, M: Steven Spielberg Commits to Direct Robopocalypse Deadline Hollywood, Oct 22, 2010.
- Deahl, R.: A Hollywood Favorite Awaits his Publishing Moment, Publishers Weekly, Dec 20, 2010.
- White, J.: Alex Proyas Nabs AMP: Another Daniel H. Wilson Cyber-tome Hits, Empire Online, Dec 2, 2010.
- Quietearth.us: Giacomo Cimini Developing Daniel H. Wilson's The Nostalgist, Aug 7, 2012.
- Daniel H. Wilson Official Blog
- How to Survive a Robot Uprising Official Website
- History Channel's The Works Official Website
- If Robots Ever Get Too Smart, He'll Know How to Stop Them book review in The New York Times February 14, 2006
- Par leads 'Uprising' Variety April 26, 2006
- Myers leads Par 'Uprising' Variety April 26, 2006
- Survive a Robot Attack interview on This Week in Science July 25, 2006
- 'Where's My Jetpack?' Looks for the Missing Future interview on NPR Weekend Edition with Scot Simon May 5, 2007
- Back to the Future book review in Salon.com May 12, 2007
- Nickelodeon strikes 'Bro-Jitsu" deal Variety May 16, 2007
- Required Reading book review in New York Post January 13, 2008
- Robots, Today and Tomorrow interview on Coast to Coast AM February 10, 2008
- What Happened to our Moonbases and Jetpacks? interview on NPR Weekend Edition with Liane Hansen July 19, 2009
- Daniel H. Wilson at IMDb.