Daniel H. Wilson

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Daniel H. Wilson
Image of Wilson at LiveWire! Radio Show, 2012
Wilson at LiveWire! Radio Show, 2012.
Born (1978-03-06) March 6, 1978 (age 46)
Tulsa, Oklahoma, US
NationalityCherokee Nation, American
Alma materCarnegie Mellon University University of Tulsa
Notable worksHow to Survive a Robot Uprising, Robopocalypse

Daniel H. Wilson (born March 6, 1978) is a New York Times bestselling author,[1] television host and robotics engineer. 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 bestseller Robopocalypse.

Early life[edit]

Daniel H. Wilson was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma,[2] the elder of two children. He is Cherokee and a citizen of the Cherokee Nation.[3]


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 PhD 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.




  • A Boy and His Bot, middle reader (New York: Bloomsbury Children's, 2011)
  • Amped, techno thriller (New York: Doubleday, 2012)
  • The Clockwork Dynasty, techno thriller (New York: Doubleday, 2017)
  1. Daniel H. Wilson on Bookbits radio talking about Robopocalypse.
    Robopocalypse, techno thriller (New York: Doubleday, 2011)
  2. Robogenesis, techno thriller (New York: Doubleday, 2014)
Michael Crichton's Andromeda

This is a sequel to Michael Crichton's novel The Andromeda Strain.

Short fiction[edit]

  • Guardian Angels and Other Monsters, short story collection (New York: Doubleday, March 6, 2018)
Anthologies edited
  • Robot Uprisings, co-edited with John Joseph Adams (New York: Vintage, 2014)
  • Wilson, Daniel H. & John Joseph Adams, eds. (2015). Press Start to play. New York: Vintage Books.
Title Year First published Reprinted/collected Notes
The nostalgist 2009 Tor.com

Comic books[edit]

  • "Earth 2: World's End" (26 issue weekly series, with Marguerite Bennett and Mike Johnson, DC Comics, 2014)
  • "Earth 2: Futures End" (one-shot, art by Eddy Barrows, DC Comics, 2014)
  • "Earth 2: Society" (7 issue monthly series, art by Jorge Jimenez, DC Comics, 2015)
  • "Spring" (in "Zombies vs Robots Annual Y0", illustrated by Sam Kieth and edited by Chris Ryall, IDW, May 2012)

Graphic novels[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 Alien Invaders, 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)


Critical studies and reviews of Wilson's work[edit]

Press Start to play
  • Sakers, Don (October 2015). "The Reference Library". Analog Science Fiction and Fact. 135 (10): 105–108.

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;.[5] 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.[6]


In May 2007 (before publication), Bro-Jitsu was optioned by Nickelodeon Movies (a subset of Paramount Pictures) and Wilson hired to write the screenplay.[7]


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.[8] On March 7, 2018, Michael Bay replaced Spielberg as director over Spielberg's scheduling conflicts.[9]


In November 2010, Wilson sold his novel AMPED to Doubleday, again working with editor Jason Kaufman.[10] Film rights to the novel were sold to Summit Entertainment, with Alex Proyas (Dark City, The Crow, I, Robot) attached to direct.[11][12]

The Nostalgist[edit]

In 2014, Wilson's short story was adapted into the short film The Nostalgist written and directed by Giacomo Cimini. The short film premièred June 19, 2014, at the Palm Springs International Shortfest.[13]


In 2014, it was announced that Lionsgate Studios has acquired the distributing rights to Wilson's screenplay for the upcoming sci-fi film Alpha. Anthony Scott Burns is attached to direct, and Brad Pitt is reportedly involved in production as well.[14]

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.


  1. ^ "Hardcover Fiction Books - Best Sellers - Books - June 26, 2011 - The New York Times". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved March 26, 2022.
  2. ^ Dean, C (February 14, 2006). "If Robots Ever Get Too Smart, He'll Know How to Stop Them". New York Times.
  3. ^ "Daniel H. Wilson's About page". Retrieved May 29, 2018.
  4. ^ Short stories unless otherwise noted.
  5. ^ Fleming, M (April 26, 2006). "Myers leads Par 'Uprising'". Variety.
  6. ^ "A robot uprising comedy from Jack Black and the director of Hot Tub Time Machine?". Gizmodo. Retrieved March 26, 2022.
  7. ^ Mike Fleming Jr.; Pamela McClintock (May 16, 2007). "Nickelodeon Strikes 'Bro-Jitsu' Deal". Variety.
  8. ^ Fleming, Mike; Fleming, Mike Jr. (October 22, 2010). "Steven Spielberg Commits To Next Direct 'Robopocalypse'". Deadline. Retrieved March 26, 2022.
  9. ^ Kroll, Justin (March 7, 2018). "Michael Bay Sets '6 Underground,' 'Robopocalypse' as Next Two Films (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved May 25, 2019.
  10. ^ Deahl, Rachel. "Daniel H. Wilson: A Hollywood Favorite Awaits His Publishing Moment". PublishersWeekly.com. Retrieved March 26, 2022.
  11. ^ Fleming, Mike Jr. (December 1, 2010). "Summit 'AMPS' Book Deal For Alex Proyas". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved October 30, 2023.
  12. ^ Fleming, Mike Jr. (March 18, 2011). "Summit's Post-'Twilight' Chapter To Be Underwritten By Book Adaptations". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved October 30, 2023.
  13. ^ "Futureshock". psfilmfest.org. Archived from the original on September 30, 2015. Retrieved August 7, 2015.
  14. ^ Kit, Borys (November 20, 2014). "Brad Pitt's Plan B Teams With 'Robopocalypse' Writer for Sci-Fi Thriller 'Alpha' (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved March 26, 2022.

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