Daniel H. Wilson

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Daniel H. Wilson
Daniel H Wilson at LiveWire! Radio Show 2012.jpg
Born (1978-03-06) March 6, 1978 (age 36)
Tulsa, Oklahoma
Occupation Writer
Nationality American
Ethnicity Native American
Alma mater Carnegie Mellon University University of Tulsa
Period 2005 – present
Notable works How to Survive a Robot Uprising, Robopocalypse
Website
www.danielhwilson.com

Daniel H. Wilson (born March 6, 1978) is a New York Times best selling author,[1] television host and robotics engineer. Wilson is a contributing editor to Popular Mechanics magazine, called the "Resident Roboticist".[2] He currently resides in Portland, Oregon. His books include the award winning humor titles How to Survive a Robot Uprising, Where's My Jetpack? and How to Build a Robot Army and the best seller Robopocalypse. His most recent novel, Robogenesis was published in June 2014.

Early life[edit]

Daniel H. Wilson was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma,[3] the elder of two children. Wilson's father owns "Howard's Auto Top & Body Shop" and his mother is a nurse.

Education[edit]

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.

Awards[edit]

Bibliography[edit]

Novels[edit]

  • A Boy and His Bot, middle reader (New York: Bloomsbury Children's, 2011)
  • Daniel H. Wilson on Bookbits radio talking about Robopocalypse.
    Robopocalypse, techno thriller (New York: Doubleday, 2011)
  • Amped, techno thriller (New York: Doubleday, 2012)
  • Robogenesis, techno thriller (New York: Doubleday, 2014)

Short fiction[edit]

Comic books[edit]

  • "Earth 2: World's End" (weekly series, with Marguerite Bennett and Mike Johnson, DC Comics, 2014)

Graphic novels[edit]

  • "Spooky Shit" (in "Zombies Vs. Robots: Seasons of War", illustrated by Sam Kieth and edited by Chris Ryall, IDW, 2012)

Non-fiction[edit]

  • 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[edit]

Film Adaptations[edit]

How to Survive a Robot Uprising[edit]

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;.[4] 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 October 2010, How to Survive A Robot Uprising was re-optioned by Steve Pink (writer of the films High Fidelity and Grosse Pointe Blank) and actor Jack Black.[5]

Bro-Jitsu[edit]

In August 2007 (before publication), Bro-Jitsu was optioned by Nickelodeon Movies (a subset of Paramount Pictures) and Wilson hired to write the screenplay.[6]

Robopocalypse[edit]

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.[7]

Amped[edit]

In November 2010, Wilson sold his novel AMPED to Doubleday, again working with editor Jason Kaufman.[8] Film rights to the novel were sold to Summit Entertainment, with Alex Proyas (Dark City; The Crow; I, Robot) attached to direct.[9]

The Nostalgist[edit]

In 2012, Wilson's short story "The Nostalgist" was optioned by Italian director Giacomo Cimini.[10]

Television Host[edit]

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.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Best Sellers – Hardcover Fiction. The New York Times, June 26, 2011.
  2. ^ Wilson, D: Top 5 Robots That Own You, Popular Mechanics, October 1, 2009.
  3. ^ Dean, C: If Robots Ever Get Too Smart, He'll Know How to Stop Them. The New York Times, Feb 14, 2006.
  4. ^ Fleming, M: Myers leads Par 'Uprising', Variety, April 26, 2006
  5. ^ Anders, C.J.: A Robot Uprising Comedy from Jack Black and the Director of Hot Tub Time Machine, io9, Oct 22, 2010
  6. ^ Fleming, M: Nickelodeon Strikes 'Bro-Jitsu' Deal Variety, May 16, 2007.
  7. ^ Fleming, M: Steven Spielberg Commits to Direct Robopocalypse Deadline Hollywood, Oct 22, 2010.
  8. ^ Deahl, R.: A Hollywood Favorite Awaits his Publishing Moment, Publishers Weekly, Dec 20, 2010.
  9. ^ White, J.: Alex Proyas Nabs AMP: Another Daniel H. Wilson Cyber-tome Hits, Empire Online, Dec 2, 2010.
  10. ^ Quietearth.us: Giacomo Cimini Developing Daniel H. Wilson's The Nostalgist, Aug 7, 2012.

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