Humans beware. As the robotic revolution continues to creep into our lives, it brings with it an impending sense of doom. What horrifying scenarios might unfold if our technology were to go awry? From self-aware robotic toys to intelligent machines violently malfunctioning, this anthology brings to life the half-formed questions and fears we all have about the increasing presence of robots in our lives. With contributions from a mix of bestselling, award-winning, and up-and-coming writers, and including a rare story by "the father of artificial intelligence," Dr. John McCarthy, "Robot Uprisings" meticulously describes the exhilarating and terrifying near-future in which humans can only survive by being cleverer than the rebellious machines they have created.
About the Author
Daniel H. Wilson earned a Ph.D. from the Robotics Institute of Carnegie Mellon University in 2005 and Masters degrees in Artificial Intelligence and Robotics. Wilson is a contributing editor to Popular Mechanics magazine and author of How to Survive a Robot Uprising (Bloomsbury 2005), voted best book of 2006 by WIRED Magazine, as well as Where's My Jetpack? (Bloomsbury 2007) and How to Build a Robot Army (Bloomsbury 2008). His forthcoming books include Bro-Jitsu: The Martial Art of Sibling Rivalry and The Robonomicon. Three of his books (Robot Uprising, Robot Army, and Bro-Jitsu) were optioned by Paramount Pictures, and he penned the screenplay based on Bro-Jitsu. Wilson hosted The Works on the History Channel, which aired Fall 2008.
John Joseph Adams is the series editor of "Best American Science Fiction & Fantasy". He is also the bestselling editor of many other anthologies, such as "The Mad Scientist's Guide to World Domination", " Armored", " Brave New Worlds", " Wastelands", and "The Living Dead". Recent books include The Apocalypse Triptych (consisting of "The End is Nigh", " The End is Now", and" The End Has Come"), and "Press Start to Play". Called "the reigning king of the anthology world" by Barnes & Noble, John is a winner of the Hugo Award (for which he has been nominated eight times) and is a six-time World Fantasy Award finalist. John is also the editor and publisher of the digital magazines "Lightspeed "and "Nightmare", and is a producer for WIRED's "The Geek's Guide to the Galaxy "podcast.
New York Times best-selling novelist Scott Sigler is the author of NOCTURNAL, ANCESTOR, INFECTED, CONTAGIOUS and PANDEMIC, hardcover thrillers from Crown Publishing, and is a co-founder of Dark verlord Media, which produces his Galactic Football League series (THE ROOKIE, THE STARTER, THE ALL-PRO, and THE MVP).Before he was published, Scott built a large online following by giving away his self-recorded audiobooks as free, serialized podcasts. His loyal fans, who named themselves "Junkies," have downloaded over fifteen million individual episodes of his stories and interact daily with Scott and each other in the social media space.
“A colorful mix of cutting-edge original tales from some of speculative fiction’s leading talents. . . . Readers who don’t mind immersing themselves in unnerving fictional worlds that uncomfortably resemble our own, gadget-infested one will find hours of provocative entertainment here.”
“Fun fact: According to the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, as of 2010 there were 8.6 million robots in the world. Fun scenario: They’re all out to kill us. . . . This anthology neatly explores that possibility, its contributors offering widely varying takes that share only the perspective that things don’t end well for Homo sapiens. . . . Philip K. Dick would be proud. . . . You’ll never look at your Roomba the same way again.”
“Sometimes the [stories] are comic. . . . More often, disaster ensues when machines designed to assist humans rebel. . . . [An] entertaining and occasionally unsettling anthology.”