Keith Staskiewicz
June 08, 2011 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Robopocalypse

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Daniel H. Wilson
publisher
Doubleday
genre
Fiction

We gave it a B+

Publishing trends don’t come in waves, they come in tsunamis. Now that we’ve been sucked dry and picked clean by vampire and zombie books, it looks like the next big thing will be mechanized men. In this story of a global robotic revolution, Wilson’s malevolent machines have surprisingly nuanced motives, and a few of the vignettes, particularly one about the chilling fate of an Alaskan drill team, could even stand alone as great horror short fiction. It’s worth reading before Spielberg’s version of Robopocalypse hits screens in 2013 — and before the army of factory-built roboclones starts to arrive. B+

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