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Daniel H. Wilson
Wilson at LiveWire! Radio Show, 2012.
|Born||March 6, 1978|
Tulsa, Oklahoma, U.S.
|Alma mater||Carnegie Mellon University University of Tulsa|
|Period||2005 – present|
|Notable works||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. 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.
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.
- 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".
- Where's My Jetpack? was a GQ Media Pick for 2007.
- How to Build a Robot Army was chosen by the American Library Association (ALA) as a "2009 Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers."
- Robopocalypse was a New York Times bestseller; an LA Times bestseller; 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.
- Robogenesis was an LA Times bestseller.
- Wilson was 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)
- Robopocalypse, techno thriller (New York: Doubleday, 2011)
- Amped, techno thriller (New York: Doubleday, 2012)
- Robogenesis, techno thriller (New York: Doubleday, 2014)
- The Clockwork Dynasty, techno thriller (New York: Doubleday, 2017)
- The Andromeda Evolution, techno thriller (New York: Harper, 2019)
- Guardian Angels and Other Monsters, short story collection (New York: Doubleday, March 6, 2018)
- "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" (in "Nightmare Magazine", edited by John Joseph Adams, 2012)
- "The Executor" (in The Mad Scientist's Guide to World Domination, edited by John Joseph Adams, Tor, 2013)
- "The Blue Afternoon that Lasted Forever" (in Carbide Tipped Pens, edited by Ben Bova, Tor, 2014)
- "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)
- "Spooky Shit" (in "Zombies Vs. Robots: Seasons of War", illustrated by Sam Kieth and edited by Chris Ryall, IDW, 2012)
- "Quarantine Zone", illustrated by Fernando Pasarin (DC Comics, 2016)
- 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)
- Robot Uprisings, co-edited with John Joseph Adams (New York: Vintage, 2014)
- Press Start to Play, co-edited with John Joseph Adams (New York: Vintage, 2015)
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. On March 7, 2018, Michael Bay replaced Spielberg as director over Spielberg’s scheduling conflicts.
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.
In 2014, Wilson's short story was adapted into the short film The Nostalgist written and directed by Giacomo Cimini. The short film premièred Jun 19, 2014 at the Palm Springs International Shortfest.
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.
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.
- Dean, C: If Robots Ever Get Too Smart, He'll Know How to Stop Them. The New York Times, Feb 14, 2006.
- "Daniel H. Wilson's About page". Retrieved 2018-05-29.
- 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
- Mike Fleming Jr.; Pamela McClintock (May 16, 2007). "Nickelodeon Strikes 'Bro-Jitsu' Deal". Variety.
- Fleming, M: Steven Spielberg Commits to Direct Robopocalypse Deadline Hollywood, Oct 22, 2010.
- Kroll, Justin (7 March 2018). "Michael Bay Sets '6 Underground,' 'Robopocalypse' as Next Two Films (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved 25 May 2019.
- 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.
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-09-30. Retrieved 2015-08-07.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
- "Brad Pitt's Plan B Teams With 'Robopocalypse' Writer for Sci-Fi Thriller 'Alpha' (Exclusive)". Retrieved November 20, 2014.
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